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Pregnancy Timeline by SemestersDevelopmental TimelineFertilizationFirst TrimesterSecond TrimesterThird TrimesterFirst Thin Layer of Skin AppearsEnd of Embryonic PeriodEnd of Embryonic PeriodFemale Reproductive SystemBeginning Cerebral HemispheresA Four Chambered HeartFirst Detectable Brain WavesThe Appearance of SomitesBasic Brain Structure in PlaceHeartbeat can be detectedHeartbeat can be detectedFinger and toe prints appearFinger and toe prints appearFetal sexual organs visibleBrown fat surrounds lymphatic systemBone marrow starts making blood cellsBone marrow starts making blood cellsInner Ear Bones HardenSensory brain waves begin to activateSensory brain waves begin to activateFetal liver is producing blood cellsBrain convolutions beginBrain convolutions beginImmune system beginningWhite fat begins to be madeHead may position into pelvisWhite fat begins to be madePeriod of rapid brain growthFull TermHead may position into pelvisImmune system beginningLungs begin to produce surfactant
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  Dec 6 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Protein Defect Leaves Sperm Chasing Their Tails
How a defective protein causes sperm to swim in circles...


Dec 5 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Uncontrolled Asthma In Pregnancy
Uncontrolled asthma attacks during pregnancy increase health risks for mother and baby...


Dec 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Common Drug Helps Restoration of Spinal Cord Injury
In a mouse study, the nerve pain drug Gabapentin promoted regeneration of injured neural circuitry...


Dec 3 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Does Mom's Age Cause Epigenetic Change in Her Eggs?
Babies born through fertility treatments have a higher risk of inheriting epigenetic disorders...


Dec 2 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

When Single-Celled Microbes Became Complex
Animals evolved from single-celled ancestors, long before diversifying into 30 or 40 distinct anatomical shapes...


Nov 29 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Babies in Womb See More Than Thought
By the second trimester, long before a baby's eyes can see images, they can detect light...


Nov 28 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

DNA Repeats Are Equivalent to 'Dark Matter' In Space
A new analysis of DNA sequence repeats tells us how they cause disease in humans...


Nov 27 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How RNA Molecules Fold
In a first for cell biology, scientists observe ribosome assembly in real time...


Nov 26 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

New Attack Plan Against DMG Gliomas
Promising drug combination against lethal childhood brain cancers...


Nov 25 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Alexander Disease Gene Editing Discovery
Scientists identify underlying molecular mechanisms...


Nov 22 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Cell Sorts & Distributes Molecules
Re-evaluating how a molecular "sorting station" maintains our cellular machinery...


Nov 21 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Possible New Treatment For Progeria
Impaired function of telomeres, the "end caps" of chromosomes, may be able to be mediated...


Nov 20 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Newborn Baby Hiccups May Help Brain Growth
Babies hiccup frequently, triggering waves of brain signals helping baby learn how to regulate breathing...


Nov 19 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Fertilization Discovery May Lead to Male Contraceptive
New discovery could lead to a male contraceptive while also helping infertile couples...


Nov 18 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Placentas Can Adapt To Poor Diets/Low Oxygen
The placenta regulates how much oxygen and nutrients it sends to babies...


Nov 15 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Stem Cells Lose Their Unlimited Potential
Researchers discover how cells identify their future and forget their past...


Nov 14 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Circadian Rhythm Controls Sleep & Body Temperature
A stress hormone helps control the circadian rhythm of brain cells...


Nov 13 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Polluted Air Decreases Prenatal Brain Size
Prenatal exposure to pollution is linked to behavior problems...


Nov 12 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Brains of Girls and Boys Have Equal Math Ability
New research indicates there is no gender disparity in how children learn and perform math skills...


Nov 11 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Using 'Pot' In Early Pregnancy Disrupts Brain Growth
One time exposure in early pregnancy to cannabinoids (CBs: synthetic or natural) can disrupt developing embryo...


Nov 8 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Health in Old Age A Lifelong Affair
Reduced food intake early in life and eating less before old age begins - improves health in old mice...


Nov 7 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Unblocking Stem Cell Division In Old Brains
Controlling cell proliferation using gene regulator Id4 might potentially counteract brain aging...


Nov 6 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Reversing Aging In The Brains of Rats
Brains stiffen as we age and interrupt brain stem cell function...


Nov 5 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Obesity Risks Different For Men and Women
Obesity causes a higher risk of type 2 diabetes in women, but COPD and chronic kidney disease in men...


Nov 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

MYH9 Gene Mutations Cause Numerous Disorders
Using live imaging, researchers watch cells move and generate numerous changes inside living tissue...


Nov 1 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

'Sleeping Cells' Can Be Harmlful
New research into the mechanics of cell 'sleep & shutdown' may shed light on our own aging - and intervention...


Oct 31 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Waves of Signals Determine A Cell's Fate
Rice University shows cell-signals distinguish tissue types in embryo...


Oct 30 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Identifying Gene Mutations In Intellectual Disability
Neurologic syndromes especially common in countries where marriage takes place between genetically related individuals, are now being identified more quickly...


Oct 29 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Infertility More Common Than Imagined?
Embryos with two nuclei have an increased chance for an abnormal number of chromosomess...


Oct 28 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Competition Between Cells Exerts Change
New study reveals competition between cells with normal and abnormal Wnt/ί-catenin creates cell changes...


Oct 25 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Zika's Effects Vary Depending on Mom's Antibodies
Birth defects associated with Zika virus may depend on the mother's own immunity...


Oct 24 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

ANT Protein Mutations Fail to Supress Mitochondria
Mutations in ANT protein impair its ability to eliminate damaged mitochondria...


Oct 23 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

A Target For ALS
Harvard University research reveals a potential therapeutic target for ALS...


Oct 22 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Fatty Tissue In Lungs Causes Asthma
First evidence that fat accumulates in the lungs of overweight and obese people...


Oct 21 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

The Story of Thalidomide Continues
The molecular affect of the drug on limb and ear development may rely on a specific protein just identified...


Oct 18 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

New Way to Study Early Development & Pregnancy
Salk synthetic embryo could open new understanding of early development, and applications for human health...


Oct 17 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Moms Impact Children's Oxytocin Levels
Mothers' behavior influences bonding hormone oxytocin in babies...


Oct 16 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Fewer Baby Boys for Stressed Moms
Stress during pregnancy may affect baby's sex and even risk preterm birth...


Oct 15 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Jumping Genes Can Cause Rare Child Disorders
Jumping genes can cause genetic changes in patients with undiagnosed neurodevelopmental disease...


Oct 14 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Gene Link For Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Newborns with a particular gene mutation can succumb to heart failure from an inability to process milk...


Oct 11 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Reversing Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Columbia scientists reverse symptoms of schizophrenia in adult mice...


Oct 10 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Parents' Lies Hurt Their Children
Children told lies by parents subsequently lie more as adults and face adjustment difficulties...


Oct 9 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Fast Can Nerves Grow?
Research discovers a molecular process that controls the rate at which nerves grow...


Oct 8 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Target For Healing Old Muscles?
Removing protein that suppresses renewal of muscle stem cells - allows muscles to regenerate...


Oct 7 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Do Aggressive Breast Cancers Store Their Own Energy?
New finding suggests a potential target that may slow or even prevent breast cancer metastasis...


Oct 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Why E-cigarette Atomizers Kill
Harmful metals found in vapors of electronic cigarettes...


Oct 3 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Folk Medicines Affect Hypertension
Lavender, fennel and chamomile act upon a potassium channel target in blood vessels...


Oct 2 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Our Muscles Reveal An Ancient Past
250-million-year-old evolutionary remnants seen in muscles of human embryos...


Oct 1 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Do You Hear What I Hear?
Is there a role forf music in human health...


Sep 30 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Alzheimer's Disease Responds to Choline
When mice are given high choline in their diet throughout life, they exhibit improved spatial memory...


Sep 27 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Does Time Modify the Affect of Proteins?
Protein concentrations over time change, does this affect the fate of stem cells?...


Sep 26 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

The mesoSPIM Initiative
New microscopes can image brain tissue down to individual neurons five times thinner than a human hair...


Sep 25 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Microtubules Branch To Spur Mitotis
A first in animals, seeing the essential mitotic split made in living cells...


Sep 24 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Which Proteins Call The Shots
Which proteins maintain cell identity...


Sep 23 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

DNA Does Not Like Water!
New research disproves prevailing theory of how DNA's double helix holds together — finds it is held together by hydrophobic forces...


Sep 20 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

The Switch' from Juvenile to Adult
Is this the "missing link" that determines the move from juvenile to adult?...


Sep 19 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

The Origin of Huntington's Disease?
Clues to the origin of Huntington's disease, and possibly a new way to pursue affective drugs...


Sep 18 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Undercover Evolution
Individuality is encoded in our DNA, but more deeply than expected...


Sep 17 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

The Beautiful Simplicity of Tissue Formation
There are rules that govern embryo development, guiding the branching of tissues into organs...


Sep 16 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

High Stress Decreases Mother/Child Attachment
Measuring how parenting stress affects a mother and child's ability to tune in to each other...


Sep 13 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Why Half of All Neurons Die
A discovery rules out 'chance' as the determinant of which cells become neurons...


Sep 12 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Mouse Brain Has Billions of Synaptic Connections
Researchers identify the connections across all neurons in every region of the neocortex...


Sep 11 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Diabetes Drug Slows Glioma Brain Cancer
Research shows new use of insulin drug could block glioma tumor spread...


Sep 10 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Why Fruit Flies Can Eat Almost Anything
Some flies are 'generalists' while others are 'specialists, just like humans...


Sep 9 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

GABA Influences Circadian Clock Signals
The GABA enzyme affects day to night oscillations from our circadian clock...


Sep 6 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

It's Never Too Late to Exercise
Older people who never take part in sustained exercise have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained master athletes of similar age...


Sep 5 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Even Moderate Drinking Alters Newborn Genes
Rutgers-led research could lead to tests for prenatal exposure to alcohol and related health issues...


Sep 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Overeating Linked to Fast Aging
Obesity, beginning in infancy, ruins human health...


Sep 3 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Tatooing Can Create Allergic Reactions
Metal particles from tattoo needles can travel inside the body...


Sep 2 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Controlling RNA With Light!
Researchers use blue light to regulate the activity of RNA molecules...


Aug 30 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Limbs Form
Reflex Contractions Trigger Limbs to Form...


Aug 29 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Mother & Fetal Cells Communicate
Scientists find a way to monitor the crosstalk between mother and fetal cells during pregnancy...


Aug 28 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Gene Changes in Sperm After Pot Use
More study is needed to determine if this altered gene contributes to autism in children...


Aug 27 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

A New Technology for Gene Editing
Salk scientists develop a new gene-editing tool that could help treat many disorders caused by gene mutations...


Aug 26 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Unique Treatment For DPIG Glioma
Genomic bait and switch starves mutation that contributes to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG)...


Aug 23 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Self-Testing For A Fatal Disease
A therapy for Castleman disease, self-tested on a doctor with the disorder, now begins clinical trials...


Aug 22 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Testosterone Complicates Relationships
Testosterone has a complicated relationship with moral reasoning...


Aug 21 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Molecule Identified As Key to Anxiety
Anxiety study of nonhuman primates opens new strategies for treating anxiety disorders...


Aug 20 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

The Fireworks of life
Biologists reverse engineer to find how microtubules make up cell walls and spindles...


Aug 19 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

From Chaos Comes Order
From the tiny testes of flies, insight into where and when some genes are changed...


Aug 16 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Mediterranean Diet Improves Pregnancy Health
Nuts and extra virgin olive oil are key to improving health of moms with gestational diabetes...


Aug 15 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Premature Baby and Maternal Complications
Coordinated care needed for 'dual burden' families...


Aug 14 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Worry Over Increased Medical Scans in Pregnancy
First large study of CT scans over two decades documents rise in radiation exposure...


Aug 13 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Birthing Moms Have More Transfusion Complications
Postpartum transfusions are on the rise, carrying greater risk of adverse events...


Aug 12 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Placenta Accreta
How 'natural-killer' cells might help women avoid a deadly risk in childbirth...


Aug 9 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Female 'Stress' Links to Alzheimer's
Learning stress coping techniques might help delay Alzheimer's disease in women...


Aug 8 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Cibio Knocks Out Cystic Fibrosis
Gene editing permanently corrects two mutations that cause cystic fibrosis...


Aug 7 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Preventing Protein Aggregates in The Brain
NAC prevents protein aggregation which leads to neurodegenerative disease...


Aug 6 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Linking Epilepsy to Genes
Genetic research was conducted on the largest ever group of people with epilepsy...


Aug 5 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Predicting Heart Health In Infants
Birthweight and height determine future heart health...


Aug 2 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

'Maternal Instinct' Is Real
Cells active in an area of female mouse brains — are not active in the same area of male mouse brains...


Aug 1 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Pregnant Mothers Can Mitigate Impact of Marijuana
Evidence that Mom's higher choline levels during pregnancy reduce harm to baby from marijuana...


Jul 31 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

PFAS, the 'Forever Chemicals'
PFAS move from mom to fetus at higher rate in gestational diabetes...


Jul 30 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

A Source of Infertiity?
Mullerian cells required for a healthy uterus...


Jul 29 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Identified - A Gene Mutation For Autism
A brain protein mutation from a child with autism has been placed into the brains of mice...


Jul 26 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Super-charged Treatment for Leukemia
New Vaccine Strategy Effective on Solid Tumors...


Jul 25 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Daily Cannabis Use Before and During Pregnancy?
Current advice from Kaiser Permanente is to avoid cannabis exposure during pregnancy...


Jul 24 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Women's Rights Benefit Entire Community
Nations with strong women's rights have better health and faster growth...


Jul 23 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Would You Choose to Live Longer or Live Healthier?
Research in aging indicates 'quality of life' may be more important than 'length of life', as we age...


Jul 22 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Regulating Blood Vessel Formation
How p38 protein regulates formation of new blood vessels...


Jul 19 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

What Makes Heart Muscles Contract?
Science finds a protein essential to heart muscle contraction...


Jul 18 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Cancers May Originate From Ancient Genes
Ancient, deactivated genes are now linked to human cancers...


Jul 17 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

What Ancient Hominids Tell Us
Maternal secrets of our earliest ancestors unlocked...


Jul 16 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Killing HIV
Having a natural ability to illiminate HIV...


Jul 15 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Schwann Cells Repair Axons
Injured axons instruct Schwann cells to regenerate...


Jul 12 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Reversing Diabetes
A potential therapeutic strategy for diabetes...


Jul 11 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Schwann Cells Generate Myelin
New discovery could lead to healing nervous system disorders...


Jul 10 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

A 3D Model of Early Embryo Development
The earliest stages of life are the most mysterious...


Jul 9 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Frankenbodies
Not an antibody, but a frankenbody. A new tool for live-cell imaging...


Jul 8 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Human Immune T Cells Vanquish Brain Tumor
A fatal pediatric brainstem tumor was cleared by injecting it with engineered T cells...


Jul 5 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

6 Mammal Gene Networks Profiled
Researchers decode mammal gene networks and find how similar they are...


Jul 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

'Painting' Human Stem Cells
Cell membrane re-engineering is a new approach to repairing tissue...


Jul 3 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Sickle Cells Form
Sickle cell formation based on millisecond bonds...


Jul 2 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

3D Vision Brain Cells
Neurons found in insect brains that compute 3D distance and direction...


Jul 1 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Artificial Sweeteners On Trial Again
Exposure to artificial sweetners leads to altered intestinal bacteria and liver toxicity in mice...


Jun 28 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Forming the Brain
Ncad may determine the location of neurons in our brain...


Jun 27 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Oxygen Shapes Arms and Legs
Origin of a mechanism called 'interdigital cell death'...


Jun 26 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

KLF4 Role In Deciding Cell Fate
First event in stem cells becoming organs...


Jun 25 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Size Matters!
New data reveals cell size sparks genome awakening in embryos...


Jun 24 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Landmark Finding — Stem Cells Change Fast!!
Landmark study signals shift in thinking about how fast stem cells differentiate...


Jun 21 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

How Cells Defend Against Genetic Error
Compressing stem cells around bone break recreates embryonic conditions that help bones heal faster...


Jun 20 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Pressure Helps Stem Cells Heal Bone Breaks
Compressing stem cells around bone break recreates embryonic conditions that help bones heal faster...


Jun 19 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Cell Identity
Cells face multiple competing choices on the way to a single identity...


Jun 18 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Reaching and Grasping - Tunes Our Brain
Learning how fine motor coordination strengthens our neural network...


Jun 17 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Learned Behaviors Can Be Inherited
After only four generations learned behaviors can be inherited via adaptations carried within eggs and sperm...


Jun 14 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Ahhh Menopause!
Association found between late onset menopause and a longer life...


Jun 13 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Pregnancy Compensation Hypothesis
Why is there such a big difference between women and men when it comes to human diseases?...


Jun 12 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Food for Thought
Drinking alcohol even before conception damages placenta...


Jun 11 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Human Brains Tuned for Musical Pitch
Studies in primates suggest that speech and music may have shaped the human brain's hearing circuits...


Jun 10 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Music Builds Brains In Preemies
Music specially composed for premature infants strengthens the development of their brain networks and could limit neurodevelopmental delay...


Jun 7 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Celiac Disease In Children
Eating high fiber from fruit during pregnancy reduces risk of celiac disease in children...


Jun 6 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Recent CRISPR Births At Risk
Babies genetically modified with double dose of mutated CCR5 genes are at risk for shorter lives...


Jun 5 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Fetal Cilia & Adult Heart Valves
Heart valve cell genetic variation creates a blueprint for mitral valve prolapse...


Jun 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Controlling Cell Identity
Using CRISPR to guide brain stem cell development...


Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Weak Current Can Retrieve Lost Memories
A small electrical zap to the brain could help you retrieve a forgotten memory...


May 31 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Mitochondria Influenced By Cell Nucleus
Mitochondria replacement therapy might not be as simple as hoped...


May 30 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

What Signals Muscle Cell Differentiation?
Novel genes are responsible for regulating muscle cells...


May 29 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

A Down Syndrome Treatment?
Rutgers-led team uses stem cell-based disease models to pinpoint Down syndrome gene link to impaired memory...


May 28 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

A Circuit Board In Each Cell?
Are cells wired like a computer chip, directing signals and instructing function?...


May 27 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Did Leonardo da Vinci have ADHD?
ADHD is the most convincing, scientific hypothesis for Leonardo's difficulty finishing his works...


May 24 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

What Controls Cell Size?
Biologists, engineers and physicists uncover origin of precise cell size...


May 23 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

A Protein That Adjusts Skin Color
Pigment Stem Cells Can Regenerate...


May 22 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

A Protein That Adjusts Skin Color
After a series of surprising discoveries, scientists determine the protein opsin 3 adapts human skin color...


May 21 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

Asymmetry Cues Cell Function Via Structure
Breaking cell symmetry allows zygote to begin...


May 20 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday — Friday

All Immature Cells Can Become Stem Cells
New study disproves traditional stem cell development...


May 17 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How Thalidomide Can Affect Brain Size
A molecular basis for thalidomide brain malformation...


May 16 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How Stem Cells Self Protect From Viruses
An immune system discovery could help development of stem cell therapies...


May 15 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Chronic Stress Stimulates Appetite
Linking chronic stress, fertility and the 'hunger hormone'...


May 14 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Discovering Achilles' Heel of Glioblastoma
Could antihistamine be a potential aid in defeating cancerous cells?...


May 13 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

World's 2nd Most Common Birth Defect
One hundred new genes could lead to the development of CL/P......


May 10 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Deciphering the Cerebral Cortex
Researchers unravel mechanisms controlling cell differentiation...


May 9 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

The Hansel and Gretel of Neuron Connection
Building the delicate circuitry of our nervous system...


May 8 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

To Become, Or Just To Be - That is the question
Induced pluripotent stem cells can become any type of cell in the body — or choose to remain in their original form...


May 7 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Diagnosing Rare Genetic Diseases Fast!
Genome sequencing in a first-line diagnostic test for babies with genetic diseases...


May 6 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Bravery Cells Found In Hippocampus
People are very different when it comes to trying dangerous or exhilarating things...


May 3 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Gene Removal Prevents Pancreatic Cancer
A new study finds ATDC gene is required for pancreatic cancer to develop...


May 2 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

3D Model of Nutrient Exchange in Human Placenta
New three-dimensional image of human placenta helps explain fetal growth restriction - a condition affecting thousands...


May 1 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Pregnancy Pushes Mom's Clock Forward
Early lipids boost brain growth for vulnerable micro-preemies...


Apr 30 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Lipids Increase Brain Volume In Tiny Preemies
Early lipids boost brain growth for vulnerable micro-preemies...


Apr 29 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

No Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy
Brain connectivity issues found in children who experience prenatal alcohol exposure...


Apr 26 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Direction of Nerve Fibers Dictates Head to Toe Axis
Flatworm computer model explains and helps control whole body regeneration...


Apr 25 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Hair Follicle Stem Cells Repair Damaged Neurons
Hair follicle stem cells in mice produce pigment cells that can regenerate the myelin sheath coating neurons...


Apr 24 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Taming 'Jumping' Genes
Transposable elements regulate the rate at which DNA is transcribed into RNA...


Apr 23 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

3 Prenatal CRISPR Gene Editing Studies
Researchers use gene editing with CRISPR to treat lethal lung diseases before birth...


Apr 22 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Gene Therapy Corrects X-SCID
Gene therapy restores immunity in infants with rare immunodeficiency disease...


Apr 19 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

A 'Single Cell' Atlas For Children's Health
A Pediatric Cell Atlas is in planned to map single-cell changes and give deeper understanding of child health and disease...


Apr 18 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Star Wars 'Burst' of Activity Before Cell Death
A novel platform reveals dynamic movement in cells just before death...


Apr 17 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Alpacas Could Help CAR T-cell Therapy
'Nanobodies' from alpacas could help bring CAR T-cell therapy to human solid tumors...


Apr 16 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Eliminating Damaged Mitochondria
Treatment with an inhibitor of choline kinase prompts immune cells to clear away damaged mitochondria, and reduce and prevent inflammation...


Apr 15 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Ultrasound Aligns Living Cells
Researchers use ultrasound to align living cells when making three-dimensional biologic materials...


Apr 12 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Anesthesia Sends Fetal Neurons Down Wrong Path
Research raises questions over safety of anesthesia during pregnancy...


Apr 11 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Two Enzymes May Trigger Muscle & Brain Disorders
St. Jude Children's research finds 2 enzymes that help break down "stress granules" can also fail...


Apr 10 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Marijuana For Morning Sickness Bad For Baby
Pot exposure during pregnancy can lead to problems with infant behavior and memory...


Apr 9 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Unjamming DNA Log Jams
Ccr4-Not is a 'multi-tool' involved in nearly every step of controlling gene expression, while also clearing potential RNA traffic jams...


Apr 8 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Digging Up Ancient Gene Signals In Modern Humans
With new genome analysis tools, scientists have a new understanding of how modern humans made their ancient migrations...


Apr 5 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Skin Responds to Sunlight On a 48 Hour Cycle
Exposing skin to ultraviolet light every 2 days yields darker pigment and less radiation damage than daily exposure...


Apr 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Sunscreen Can Reduce Melanoma By 40%
Australians aged 18-40 years who are regular users of sunscreen since childhood reduce their risk of melanoma by 70 years old — by 40%...


Apr 3 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Neural Stem Cells Continuously Generate
Brains may have the capacity for continuous improvement, adaptation, and incorporation of new cells over a lifetime...


Apr 2 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Assisting Preemies With Vision Problems
Light therapy may help redeem preemies loss of vision....


Apr 1 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Linking Nicotine to Sudden Infant Death
In utero exposure to nicotine affects postnatal heart development and how an infant responds to adrenalin...


Mar 29 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How Blood and Immune Cells Form
Researchers track and quantify blood and immune cells to find out how our body maintains balance in supply ...


Mar 28 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Squishing Blood Stem Cells
Squishing blood stem cells could help in harvesting them for transplants...


Mar 27 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Roots of Infertility's In Some Sperm DNA
Kyoto University reveals a cause of abnormal sperm morphology in infertile mice...


Mar 26 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Secret to Human Sperm's Swimming Prowess
Research discovers what gives human sperm strength to succeed in race to fertilize the egg...


Mar 25 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Precision Medicine for Pediatric Cancer
Twenty percent of pediatric cancers arise in children who have a predisposition to malignancy through their genes...


Mar 22 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Understanding Influence of R-Loops
R-Loops influence cell identity and errors in their configuration may initiate neurogenerative disorders...


Mar 21 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

The Genetics of Regeneration
Study uncovers genetic switches controlling process of whole-body regeneration...


Mar 20 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Increasingly Complex Mini Brains
Brazilian scientists produce brain organoids with a very primitive eye cell layer...


Mar 19 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Steps Closer to Curing Spina Bifida
Exosomes secreted by stem cells carry molecules that protect neurons and reduce spinal cord injury of spina bifida...


Mar 18 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Fetal Brain Problems Caused by Flu Preventable
Expectant mothers can prevent fetal brain problems caused by the flu, study finds...


Mar 15 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How Cytochrome C Triggers Cell Death
Cytochrome C signals when dangerous problems arise in the inner cell membrane...


Mar 14 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Embryos 'Go With The Flow'
'Signalling pathways' are far more dynamic than once thought...


Mar 13 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Mapping A Baby's First Week
For the first time, newborn's first seven days are molecularly mapped...


Mar 12 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Measuring Mother's Blood for Smoking
Maternal smoking in pregnancy increases risk of ADHD among offspring by 3-fold...


Mar 11 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

PFCs in Food & Water Slow Fetal Growth
New method to identify PFCs in mother's blood which disrupt fetal development...


Mar 8 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How Axons Enter the Spinal Cord
Researchers determine nerve fibers enter the spinal cord using "Cajal’s battering ram" approach...


Mar 7 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Protein Stimulates Stem Cell Growth?
Investigators identify protein activating genes involved in generating embryonic stem cells...


Mar 6 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Immune Cells Help Form Heart Valves
New info on the critical role of macrophage cells in keeping heart valves flexible...


Mar 5 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Why Male/Female Brains Differ
How sex steroids sculpt prenatal brain...


Mar 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Machine Learning & Diagnosis
New tool reveals molecular causes of disease, analyzing hundreds of diseases simultaneously...


Mar 1 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

What Controls Telomeres On Our Chromosomes?
Telomere degeneration can lead to total erosion of genetic material triggering cancer and diseases of ageing...


Feb 28 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Mitochondrial Fusion
Better together! Mitochondrial fusion supports cell division...


Feb 27 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Therapy For Mitochondrial Disease?
An existing drug may have therapeutic potential in mitochondrial disease...


Feb 26 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Our Genes Vary Our Physical Outcomes
How genetic background shapes differences between members of our species...


Feb 25 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How Exercise/Fasting Keep Us Healthy
Intense exercise, fasting and an array of hormones activate cells' disposal system to purge defective or toxic proteins...


Feb 22 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

NEW - Double Walled Nucleus?
Structure of the nuclear envelope gives clues to how cells squish through narrow openings without springing a leak...


Feb 21 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Nested CRISPR: Using Clone-Free DNA Pieces
A novel method Nested CRISPR enables efficient genome editing using long DNA fragments...


Feb 20 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

CRISPR Makes Stem Cells 'Invisible'
A new technique prevents transplant rejection in the lab, a major advance for stem cell therapies...


Feb 19 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

New Anti-CRISPR Proteins Found
Seven new anti-CRISPR proteins are discovered in soil and the human gut...


Feb 18 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Miniature Kidney Organoids Come of Age
Method for growing kidney organoids under flow enhances their vascularization and maturation, increasing their potential for drug testing and regenerative medicine...


Feb 15 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Therapy for Muscular Dystrophies
New Cell Replacement Therapies for Muscular Dystrophies...


Feb 14 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

SMLC and Embryos
Researchers develop human cell-based model for the study of small cell lung cancer...


Feb 13 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Disrupting Embryo Implantation
Folliculin gene defects are implicated in types of infertility, some forms of cancer, and in cell growth disorders...


Feb 12 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Gastrulation In Artificial Embryos
Scientists generate key life event in artificial mouse 'embryo' created from stem cells...


Feb 11 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Regrowing Damaged Kidneys
Scientists discover newborns have ability to repair their kidneys...


Feb 8 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

What Makes Maleness?
How do rats without a Y chromosome become male?...


Feb 7 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Getting Cells Going
On a cellular level, physical contact also transfers energy across cell membrane...


Feb 6 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How a neuron grows an axon
Scientists unlock new molecular secrets in a mystery...


Feb 5 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Cells Mathematically Determine Position
Cells find their identity using precise math...


Feb 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Heavy Drinking Changes DNA
A vicious cycle of epigenetic gene changes might reinforce binge drinking...


Feb 1 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Artificial Intelligence and the Single Cell
Artificial intelligence someday may be used for error correction in single cell analysis...


Jan 31 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Kick-Starting Cell Division
Developing a picture of what happens in earliest stages of life in mammals...


Jan 30 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Can Adult Brains Create New Neurons?
Lessons learned from the adult neurogenesis debate...


Jan 29 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

A First! CRISPR/Cas9 Edit of Gene Inheritance
UCSD first to use CRISPR/Cas9 to control genetic inheritance in mice...


Jan 28 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

All too human
The price humans pay for advanced brains may be a greater tendency towards brain disorders...


Jan 25 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

CNVs Link to Schizophrenia
A genome-wide study finds how copy number variants can create a hybrid bipolar/schizophrenia disorder...


Jan 24 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

The Long and the Short of It
Scientists accidentally engineer mice with unusually long tails...


Jan 23 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

The Body's Weight Center Is In The Brain
Maintaining proper weight is a complex brain activity...


Jan 22 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Why do HeLa cells persist?
Cancer cells accumulate harmful mutations faster than can be purged, so why don't they die out?...


Jan 21 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How Cells Fight Chromosome Imbalance
Biologists discover the immune system can eliminate cells with too many or too few chromosomes...


Jan 18 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Changing How We Study Disease?
A new way of looking at cell membranes could change the way we study and fight disease...


Jan 17 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How Cell Membrane Receptors Are Activated
Possible new targets in treating major diseases...


Jan 16 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Caught At Work
The "hottest" targets for disease therapy are proteins on the cell membrane...


Jan 15 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Linking Aging and RNA-binding Proteins
Inability to eliminate defective mitochondria ages tissues...


Jan 14 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Two Proteins Create Brain Boundaries
Two molecules regulate attraction and/or repulsion of cells in order to define distinct brain regions...


Jan 11 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Some Tension is Good in Life
The tension on each cell of your body governs your life...


Jan 10 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

Gut Link to Brain Disorders in Pregnancy
Women with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have increased risk for mental illness after giving birth...


Jan 9 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

True age detected in DNA from blood
Fragments of DNA floating in our bloodstream (not in our cells) reveal our true biological age...


Jan 8 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How sperm stem cells maintain high numbers
To continually replenish sperm in the testis, mice rely on Fibroblast Growth Factors...


Jan 7 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

What Causes Organs to Deteriorate and Age?
Cell lifespan is extended by lower temperatures, but controlled by genes...


Jan 4 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

What a mother gives to her baby besides genes
Maternal contributions to the health of her baby are the focus of a special issue form the Teratology Society...


Jan 3 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

We Are What We Eat
The LAdvanced Glycation End products (AGEs) could be slowing down response to tamoxifen therapy in (ER) positive breast cancers...


Jan 2 2019Latest news in developmental biology covered Monday through Friday

How Exercise Reduces Belly Fat
The signaling molecule Interleukin-6 is critical in reducing belly fat...