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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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  Nov 30 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Going Beyond Textbook Descriptions
For the first time, researchers observe the actual process of how genes turn on and off...


Nov 30 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Making Fruit Flies - Humans (?) Live Longer
Research identifies why reducing your food intake lengthens your life...



Nov 27 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Rehabilitating Injured Brains?
Newfound ability to change baby brain activity could lead to rehabilitation for injured brains...


Nov 26 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How RRP7A Gene Affects Brain Size
Mutations in both copies of the RRP7A gene are critical to proliferation and formation of new neurons...


Nov 25 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Pregnant Black Americans Suffer With High Stress
Low choline levels found in Black American women may be causing high stress levels and premature births...


Nov 24 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Preeclampsia and Vitamin D
According to the World Health Organization, preeclampsia affects between 2% to 8% of pregnancies...


Nov 23 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Craniofacial Development
New insights into the origins of facial birth defects...



Nov 20 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Solving The Mystery of Embryonic Stem Cell Change
Study of neural crest cells could boost stem cell therapy research into craniofacial malformations such as cleft palate and aggressive cancers like melanoma and neuroblastoma...


Nov 19 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Chromosomes Look Different Than You Think!
High-resolution, 3D images of human chromosomes in single cells reveal how DNA structure is influenced by its function...


Nov 18 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

An "Operating Manual" for Human Egg Fertility
Immature cells in ovaries go through a few steps to mature and maintain eggs...


Nov 17 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Newborn Asymptomatic Brain Hemorrhage
Asymptomatic brain bleeds in newborns show up as normal brain development by age 2...


Nov 16 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Born to Be Young?
Mom's prenatal thyroid hormones influence an infant's biological 'age' at birth...



Nov 13 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Atlases Reveal How Cells Grow and Develop
Two atlases map gene function and how cells differentiate into cell types and unique tissues in humans...


Nov 12 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Gene Helps Heart Grow/Slows Immune System Aging
A gene playing a key role in fetal heart development also plays a key role in our immune system...


Nov 11 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Brain Malformation Reveals Incredible Brain Plasticity
People born without a corpus callosum manage to bridge between the two cerebral hemispheres of their brain...


Nov 10 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Making Stem Cells from Patient Airway Cells
For the first time, researchers are creating airway stem cells by reprogramming blood cells from patients ...


Nov 9 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Why Stem Cells Can Endlessly Divide
The centromere, a structure connecting each pair of chromosomes found in our body, is smaller and weaker in stem cells ? allowing those cells to divide almost endlessly into new cell types...



Nov 6 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Alzheimer's Phase 3 Clinical Trial
Treating mild Alzheimer's disease using deep brain stimulation...


Nov 5 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Alzheimer's Traced to Mutation in Common Enzyme
Mutation in common brain enzyme makes this protein sticky...


Nov 4 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Blood Test for Alzheimer's
A new blood test for Alzheimer's disease has been developed under the leadership of researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden...


Nov 3 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Happiness and the Evolution of The Human Brain
Serotonin is the growth factor in fetal brain stem cells which determines human brain size...


Nov 2 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Family Structure Impacts Onset of Puberty in Girls
Findings support a theory that stress in early childhood can influence puberty onset...



Oct 30 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Mom's Low Thyroid Level Causing ADHD in Children?
Low levels of thyroid in mothers during the first three months of pregnancy may interfere with her baby's brain development...


Oct 29 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

ROBO1 Gene Key in Child's Mathematical Ability
How gene variation gives rise to differences in mathematical ability...


Oct 28 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Cord Blood DNA Holds Clues for Early ASD Diagnosis
UC Davis MIND Institute study identifies DNA regions linked to autism in toddlers...


Oct 27 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Activating Our Own Immune System Against Cancer
Ancient elements embedded in our DNA for generations can activate a powerful immune response, killing cancer cells as if an infection...


Oct 26 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Immune System Develops in First Days of Life
Newborn innate immune system rapidly develops in the first days of life...



Oct 23 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Women Less Likely to Expose Themselves to COVID
Women's attitudes and behaviors may contribute to their reduced mortality under COVID-19...


Oct 22 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A Protein That Stops Deadly COVID-19 Reactions
Blocking protein factor D may stop COVID-19 infection, prevent severe organ damage...


Oct 21 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Robotics Help Advance Developmental Biology
The study of developmental biology is getting robot help...


Oct 20 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Linking 28 Genes to Developmental Disorders
Researchers estimate another 1,000 genes are still to be found that can be linked to developmental disorders...


Oct 19 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Rare Congenital Heart Defect Rescued
Human engineered developmental signals could assist regenerative medicine...



Oct 16 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Synthetic 'Morphogens' Guide Complex Tissue Growth
Human engineered developmental signals could assist regenerative medicine...


Oct 15 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

DNA Interactions Helped Shape All Life On Earth
Simple DNA-peptide interactions create a surprising diversity of phase behaviours, suggesting these polymers' interactions helped create today's complex biological structures...


Oct 14 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Less Reproductive Restriction = Healthier Babies
Black women, in states with restrictive reproductive rights deliver more low birth weight babies and experience greater health inequities...


Oct 13 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Source of Prenatal Inflammation?
Fragile brain tissue extensions protect the developing brain - but may also pass on inflammation from mother to fetus...


Oct 12 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Does Heat Control Gene Function?
Bioengineers are devising a hot new technology to remotely control the positioning and timing of cell functions...



Oct 9 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Study Confirms Genetic Link in Cerebral Palsy
Rare gene mutations can cause cerebral palsy...


Oct 8 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Reversing Severe Lymphatic Disorder
Targeting a mutation along a well-studied gene pathway, led to complete resolution of symptoms and remodeling of lymphatic system...


Oct 7 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How Cells Build Organisms
Key control mechanism allows cells to form tissues and anatomical structures in the developing embryo...


Oct 6 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Why Are There So Many Unique COVID-19 Cases?
Scientists in the US and UK publish first in-depth look at how CD4+ T cells fight SARS-CoV-2...


Oct 5 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

COVID19 Cytokine Storms
Computer model shows how COVID-19 could lead to runaway inflammation...



Oct 2 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Brain Circuits Shaped By Genetics & Confined Space
Competition between nerve fibers for space helps shape complex nerve circuits, providing clues to the role of genes in brain development...


Oct 1 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Placenta Forms Days Before Embryo Begins
Placental cells are initiated first, before cells of the fertilised egg divide and specialize...


Sep 30 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Parental Touch Reduces Pain Perception in Babies
A newborn baby's brain response to a painful medical jab is reduced by parental touch...


Sep 29 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A New Method to Regulate Cell Plasticity
Plasticity is essential to the developing embryo, the function of our immune system, and is crucial in cancer...


Sep 28 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Y Chromosome Activates Proteins - Not Genes
Male genes perform regulatory functions differently than most genes - which might explain why men and women experience diseases differently...



Sep 25 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Mom's Intestinal Microbes Affect Fetal Brain
In mice, maternal gut microbiata regulate which genes get activated in the growing fetal brain...


Sep 24 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Hormone Reverses Infant Gut Malabsorption
Human intestinal organoids grown from stem cells, model congenital malabsorption disorder in babies...


Sep 23 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A Flu-Induced Vascular Storm in Pregnancy
New research explains how the flu virus can lead to life-threatening complications in pregnancy...


Sep 22 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Setting the Speed for Embryo Development
Knowing more about protein stability may help us refine regenerative medicine techniques...


Sep 21 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Chronic Stress & the Klf9 Gene
Scientists are deciphering the role of the stress gene ? Klf9 ? to understand the effects of chronic stress...



Sep 18 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Genetically Manipulating Disease Resistence
First study in a mammal documenting gene reprogramming with inheritance into the next generation...


Sep 17 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Immune Cells Sculpt Our Brain
Immune cells play an unexpected role in fine-tuning the brain's neural circuits...


Sep 16 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Embryos Take Shape Under Pressure
Scientists demonstrate how embryo structures deform under compression, a phenomenon that may determine the development of body parts...


Sep 15 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Why Your Immune System Does Not Attack You
Inside our cells, the protein cGAS blocks our body from triggering our own immune system take dow...


Sep 14 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Relax Through Your Pregnancy
A mother's ability to manage stress has beneficial affects to both her and her newborn...



Sep 11 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Estrogen Key Protection Against Stroke Brain Damage
When our brain isn't getting enough oxygen, estrogen in both males and females hyperactivates astrocyte cells, increasing their numbers to protect brain function...


Sep 10 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Circadian Rhythms "Wash" Waste From Brain
People who rely on sleeping during daytime hours are at greater risk for developing neurological disorders...


Sep 9 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Stroke in Babies Surprisingly Common
Stroke affects 1 in 4,000 babies in the first month of life...


Sep 8 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

What Prevents COVID-19 Entering Baby via Placenta?
Protection of the placenta offers opportunities for future study of COVID-19 transmission prevention...


Sep 7 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

What Causes Swallowing Disorders?
Misfiring brain cells may cause spontaneous impulses not to be in balance with inhibiting responses...


Sep 4 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Making Memories
Assembling neural activity into a finely tuned orchestra of memories ? happens with the help of sleep...


Sep 3 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Unprecedented 3D Reconstruction of A Protein
Unprecedented detail, sets stage for developing drugs to treat diseases...


Sep 2 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

"Jumping" DNA Regulates Our Human Neurons
Virus-like elements "jump" around our genome and affect the function of our genes...


Sep 1 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Two Discoveries Boost Next-Generation Organoids
New research tunes into cell signaling that will help make organoids better at mimicing functions of the trachea, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas...



Aug 31 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Therapy to Prevent Onset of Dravet Syndrome?
A promising new therapy alters the destructive course of this deadly disease - in mice...


Aug 28 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

From Fin to Limb
How our limbs and digits evolved from fish fins approximately 400 million years ago...


Aug 27 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Towards a Treatment for Krabbe Disease
In one of 100,000 births, a mutation in the GALC gene causes an incurable, fatal disorder known as infantile Krabbe disease. Most toddlers with the condition die within 2 years...


Aug 26 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How X Chromosomes 'Talk' to Each Other
How do female humans and all other mammals decide which of two X chromosomes become active or silent?...


Aug 25 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Preventing Heart Disease Before Birth
Mitochondrial therapy in complicated pregnancies lowers the chance of cardiovascular problems in baby and future adult...


Aug 24 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

"Preemies" Need Breast Millk
Underweight premature babies do better - without side effects - on formula fortified with human milk...



Aug 21 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Atlas of Fetal Heart Development
A new study reports a potential therapeutic target that might promote heart cell regeneration even before birth...


Aug 20 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Gut Cells Nurture Lymph Capillaries
Understanding how cilia grow and fat is digested in the small intestine...


Aug 19 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Blurring the Line Between the Sexes
Biological sex is typically understood as binary: male and female. But, there are many animals that modify their behavior to suit circumstances ? even changing sex...


Aug 18 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Cannabis Use in Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk
Children whose mothers reported using cannabis during pregnancy at greater risk for autism...


Aug 17 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Genetic Analyses May Give Answers to Stillbirths
Columbia researchers have uncovered an array of new genes that cause stillbirth, significantly increasing the understanding of the condition's genetic foundations...


Aug 14 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How to Become a Nerve Cell
Mitochondria regulate a key event in brain development ? turning precursor neural stem cells into nerve cells...


Aug 13 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

'Antenna' Cover Neuron Cells
When these cell antenna are too few in number or too short in length, Fragile X syndrome and autism may occur. However, it may be a possible to increase their number...


Aug 12 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Methylation Shapes Our Genome
Mammal embryos need precise matching of methyl groups to genes in order to regulate gene function. Mistakes in methyl attachments, are now commonly associated with gene mutations and diseases resulting from these errors...


Aug 11 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Reversing Alzheimer's
Salk study demonstrates how a drug called CMS121 reverses memory loss in mice...


Aug 10 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How Cells Keep Growing Even When Under Attack
New findings on how stress turns energy into growth...



Aug 7 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Individual Epigenetic Affects Identified
Epigenetic factors controlling all aspects of development can now be identified...


Aug 6 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Human Embryos Might Be Susceptible to Coronavirus
Genes that play a role in how SARS-CoV-2 virus becomes active in humans are found in embryos at two weeks into pregnancy...


Aug 5 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

The Thin Crepe Which Is Our Cerebellum
High-res imaging shows the cerebellum is a long strip of thin "crepe" like tissue and is 80% the size of the cortex...


Aug 4 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How 'Self-Eating' Is Regulated In Stem Cells
The 'Self-eating' process of stem cells may regulate cell repair, differentiation and may lead to regeneration therapies...


Aug 3 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Insights Into How Wounds Heal
Using 3D mapping, research uncovers how wounds heal...



Jul 31 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Parasitic Bacteria In Groundwater, Moose & You!
Inside your mouth lives a group of bacteria also found in the belly of a moose, dogs, cats, and dolphins...


Jul 30 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A Fasting Diet Could Boost Breast Cancer Therapy
An international team of scientists found a fasting diet with hormone therapy enhances the effects of breast cancer treatment...


Jul 29 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

The Love Hormone "Oxytocin" Could Treat Alzheimer's
Oxytocin could be a potential new therapeutic option for cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's diseas...


Jul 28 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Starving Cancer
A possible new target for cancer therapy...


Jul 27 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Pickled Capers Activate Brain & Heart Proteins
A compound commonly found in pickled capers regulates proteins that control important body processes...



Jul 24 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Fly Embryo Can Be Controlled By Simple Light Signals
Multiple early organ systems respond to light activated Ras/Erk protein pathway...


Jul 23 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Nucleolus Controls Cell Growth
Fluids self organize in the nucleolus of the cell, to control cell growth and health...


Jul 22 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

CNV Genes Affect Brains and Brawn?
Genes located in 'copy number variants' (CNVs) - parts of chromosomes missing in some people and duplicated in others - are now associated with neurodevelopmental disorders more than brain development...


Jul 21 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Epithelial Cells Line Every Organ In Our Body
The boundaries between organs in the human body are lined with epithelial cells layered in epithelial sheets...


Jul 20 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How Blood Vessels Talk to Neurons
Blood vessels communicate with sensory neurons to decide whether those cells remain stem cells or differentiate into neurons...



Jul 17 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Solving the Mystery of Batten Disease
Batten Disease is the most prevalent cause of brain function loss in children...


Jul 16 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Disorder In Protein TDP-43 Adds To ALS & Alzheimer's
The atomic structure of protein TDP-43, is compromised in neurodegenerative conditions...


Jul 15 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Human 'Biofilm' Causing Alzheimer/Arthritis Diseases?
Salmonella biofilm protein causes autoimmune responses with a possible link to Alzheimer's...


Jul 14 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Breast Cancer Gene Affects Immune Response
Altering SH2B3 Gene is linked to a decrease in immune cell response to malignancies...


Jul 13 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Support of Remdesivir COVID-19 Treatment
Remdesivir, the investigational anti-viral drug, shows early promise in the fight against COVID-19...



Jul 10 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Water Loss Stimulates Cell Waste Clean Out
A number of studies suggest the efficiency, or lack thereof, of cell clean up of misfolded proteins and damaged cell machinery, plays a vital role in aging and neurodegenerative diseases...


Jul 9 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Lung Physiology and Immune Function in Children
Lung and immune differences between children and adults could be protecting some children from severe COVID-19...


Jul 8 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

What Influences Bee Aggression?
Group dynamics - NOT genes - drive aggression in honey bees...


Jul 7 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Epithelial Cells Line Every Edge of All Organs
Fractal changes as small as an angstrom affect cells within and between species...


Jul 6 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Evolution Trees Reflect Relationships Between Species
Fractal changes as small as an angstrom affect cells within and between species...



Jul 3 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

The Pregnancy Immune System
A mother's immune system works differently between her first and her later pregnancies...


Jul 2 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

COVID-19 Triggers Deadly Blood Clots
Understanding underlying causes of these clots could possibly lead to treatments to prevent them happening...


Jul 1 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Fewer Gene Mutations May Predict Longer Life
The rate we acquire genetic mutations could help predict our lifespan and fertility...


June 30 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

'Cold' Virus Upsets the Electrical System of Our Heart
The rate we acquire genetic mutations could help predict our lifespan and fertility...


June 29 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Our Western Diet Ages Us
Premature aging is triggered by our Western-style diet...



June 26 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

California's Premature Births Decline
Premature births decline in California...


June 25 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Alzheimer's May Have Tau Protein Subtypes
A possible biological reason Alzheimer's Disease (AD) progresses at different rates in different patients...


June 24 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Increasing Links Between Processed Food & Cancer
A decade-long prostate, lung, colorectal and ovarian cancer screening trial supports high AGEs link to cancers...


June 23 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A New Type of COVID-19 Antibody Test
A new test from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill pinpoints human antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein...


June 22 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How Moms' Epigenetics Guarantee Her Child's Success
How an epigenetic modification drives genes to activate in a mom's offspring...



June 19 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Ocean Bacteria Can Have a Green Thumb
Bacterial biofilms floating on the oceans harvest other bacteria for food, and may produce an antibiotic useful to humans...


June 18 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Approach Turns Up Heat In Fat Cells
New cellsignaling pathway can activate thermogenic fat in humans...


June 17 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Why Developing Nerve Cells Go Wrong
Without UBE2K enzyme, neural stem cells stop maturing...


June 16 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Detecting Antibodies to COVID19
Binding Domains may provide a specific target for detecting COVID19...


June 15 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How Immune Cells Choose to Respond
Viruses and other disease-causing microbes influence the type of immune response a host will develop...



June 12 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A Tiny, Magnet Powers Neural Stimulation
Tests show a magnetoelectric' implant is an option for clinical treatment of epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and chronic pain...


June 11 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Human Eggs Prefer Some Sperm Over Others
Human eggs use chemical signals to attract sperm...


June 10 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Environmental Noise Changes Cell Structures
Environmental noise appears to affect the cooperation between components that make up cells...


June 9 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Protein 'Turns On' Sperm
A newly identified protein chain of events leads to mature sperm...


June 8 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Inflammation Protects Cancer Cells from Viruses
Francis Crick Institute uncovers how cancer cells protect themselves from viruses...



June 5 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Map of Mouse Inner Ear Sound Sensors
Valuable therapies for stem cell-based hearing loss...


June 4 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Taking A Deep Look Into Animal Nervous Systems
An elegant technique renders opaque tissues transparent...


June 3 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Century-Old Debate Solved
Anesthesia acts like a billiard ball break shot - it scatters cell structures and triggers loss of consciousness...


June 2 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

X and Y Chromosomes Need PAR
Breaking up is hard to do - especially for X and Y chromosomes...


June 1 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Contractions In Human Placenta Explained
New insight into blood pumping patterns of the placenta show how crucial it is to fetal development...



May 29 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Genetics, Gut Microbiome & Memory
A new study traces molecular connections between genetics, gut microbiome and memory in a mouse bred to resemble human diversity...


May 28 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Model For Early Human Embryonic Brain Developed
A developmental tree of the human brain is now available as a guide to different types of nerve cells for stem cell research and therapy...


May 27 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Defects in Frog Brain Can Be Prevented or Repaired
The discovery that bioelectric drugs can prevent or fix brain birth defects in frogs suggests help for humans...


May 26 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

COVID Deaths Show Clotting in Blood Vessels
COVID-19 damages the endothelial cells lining blood vessels, causing severe injury with oxygenation of blood...


May 25 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Placentas Injured In COVID19 Positive Women
Findings suggests abnormal blood flow between mothers and babies in utero...


May 22 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Detected in Womb
Magnetic resonance imaging in rhesus macaques detects effects of binge drinking early in pregnancy...


May 21 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How A Defective Gene Can Cause Autism
A defect in the MEF2C gene can cause one form of autism...


May 20 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How Plants Forget
New research uncovers how a specific epigenetic mark is reset in sperm - allowing for change...


May 19 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

YAP Protein Can Promote Cancers
Cell-to-cell contact should slow cancer cell proliferation, but cancer skips this message...


May 18 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Harnessing the Power of Cord Blood
MicroRNA miR-125a switches cord blood into stem cells...


May 15 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

MicroRNAs Attack Coronavirus
Our own RNA attacks viruses like COVID-19, but their numbers diminish with age and when busy attacking other chronic health problems...


May 14 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

What are Chances of Second IVF Baby After the First?
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) study determines likelyhood of a second baby are between 51% and 88% after six cycles of treatment...


May 13 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Cell Crucial In Response to Respiratory Infection
A newly discovered cell type could play a crucial role during respiratory viral infections like Covid19...


May 12 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Microbiome Signals Immune System Responses
Our microbiome influences how our immune system responds to pathogens...


May 11 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Cell Crucial In Response to Respiratory Infection
A newly discovered cell type could play a crucial role during respiratory viral infections like Covid19...



May 8 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Accurate 3D Imaging of Speeding Sperm Cells
New technology allows clinicians to identify and select sperm, potentially increasing chances of pregnancy...


May 7 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

In Meiosis Short & Long Chromosomes Compete
Small chromosomes must compete with big ones during cell division...


May 6 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Mom's Infection May Affect Fetal Brain Disorders
Maternal infections and neurodevelopmental disorders may be linked...


May 5 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A Sensitive Test for Coronavirus Antibodies
Sensitive new test detects antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in only 10 minutes...


May 4 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Measuring Cancer Cell Mechanics in Living Animals
Researchers now have the ability to measure and quantify nanomechanical factors in living animal cells...



May 1 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A Better Gene Therapy Technique?
An acoustic approach to gene therapies made specific to various cancers and genetic disorders...


April 30 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Fracking May Interrupt Male Sex Hormones
A chemical used in hydraulic fracking, has the potential to interfere with reproductive hormones in men...


Apr 29 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Factor Identified That Fuses Sperm to Egg
Researchers in Japan identify a new factor in orchestrating egg fertilization...


Apr 28 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Diabetes Reversed In Mice!
CRISPR corrects genetic defect in mice so that cells can normalize blood sugar...


Apr 27 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Antibody Test For COVID-19 Virus Breakthrough
Several tests have been developed for detecting genes causing COVID-19, but only during acute infection...



Apr 24 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Finding Leukemia's Weakness Using CRISPR
Using CRISPR to identify and genetically delete Stau2 protein, led to profound reduction in leukemia growth...


Apr 23 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Stuttering DNA Orchestrates Start of Mosquito's Life
Junk DNA in mosquitoes repeats itself dozens of times, and is now shown to be essential to the early embryo...


Apr 22 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A Newly Discovered Memory In Our Bones
Our bones' blood stem cells keep a record of all previous infections to boost our immunity...


Apr 21 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Fewer Dangerous Human Viruses in Breastfed Babies
Breastmilk strongly helps in the accumulation of good viruses that protect against more dangerous disease causing virus...


Apr 20 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Vegetable Diet Lowers Risk of Premature Birth
It turns out 'old wives tales' about eating our vegetables for a healthy life - also applies in pregnancy...



Apr 17 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Reconstructing the Human Clock
Using human iPS cells to decipher cell timing at the beginning of life...


Apr 16 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

AIM2 a Source of Lifelong Behavioral Issues?
New finding could have important implications for neurodegenerative disease therapy...


Apr 15 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Jumping Genes Help Make Neurons in a Petri Dish
Finding could lead to safer and more effective regenerative therapies for Parkinson's and other brain conditions...


Apr 14 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

The Genetic Architecture of Our Brain
The first genetic map of our cerebral cortex identifies more than 300 gene variations influencing its structure and psychology...


Apr 13 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

RNA Creates Fetal Map of Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Studying age-specific genetic effects may open more doors on the mechanisms behind brain disorders...



Apr 10 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Connection Between Lungs, Oxygen Flow and Disease
New study shows how bacteria alters diseased lung tissue...


Apr 9 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Developing A New System Combatting COVID-19
A system that can be used for other viruses as well...


Apr 8 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Correcting Genes In The Womb
Trial drug can significantly block early stages of COVID-19 in engineered human tissues...


Apr 7 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

There is Hope for This Horrible Pandemic
Trial drug can significantly block early stages of COVID-19 in engineered human tissues...


Apr 6 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A Potential Vaccine Against SARS-CoV-2
When tested in mice, the vaccine produces antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2 at quantities thought to be sufficient for neutralizing the virus...



Apr 3 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Autism Rates Escalating Among Poor and Minorities
Autism rates are declining among wealthy whites, while escalating among poor and minorities...


Apr 2 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Skin Cells Continuously Meet a Swift Death
Skin cells swiftly convert into flat, dead squames cells ? that provide a tight seal against the outside world - or not...


Apr 1 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

SKP1 Enzyme Could be Target for Male Infertility
The protein, SKP1, drives a key transition step in male meiosis, the cell division process that results in sperm...


Mar 31 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Heart Mitochondria Fuel Regeneration
New study suggests encouraging cardiomyocytes to digest glucose, instead of fatty acids, could improve treatment of heart failure...


Mar 30 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Boosting Older People's Immune Response to Vaccines
Vaccines work by generating antibodies able to block pathogens that infect us. With age, the magnitude and quality of our germinal centre reaction declines...



Mar 27 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Cell Cytoskeleton Is a Permanent Construction Site
A cell's cytoskeleton consists of protein filaments that are continually lengthening and shortening in a continuously dynamic process...


Mar 26 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Pressure Induces Cells to Get Sticky
In the first two weeks of embryo development, 'force' changes cell surface tension ? essential in organ formation...


Mar 25 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How Stem Cells Become Organs
Molecular signals dictate which organs embryonic stem cells will become in the first two weeks of embryo development...


Mar 24 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Coronavirus Testing Kits Under Development
Canadian researchers have developed a coronavirus test that can detect a positive RNA strand in the virus...


Mar 23 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

CCL2 Molecule Important To Autoimmune Defense
Medications used in adults and children with different forms of autoimmune inflammatory arthritis or lupus are now being examined in response to coronavirus infections...



Mar 20 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Length of Pregnancy Alters a Child's DNA
With each additional week of pregnancy, DNA methylation changes thousands of genes...


Mar 19 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

COVID-19 Virus Epidemic Has Natural Origins
Analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise engineered...


Mar 18 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Scientists Identify COVID-19 Vaccine Targets
Scientists identify a set of potential vaccine targets for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus...


Mar 17 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

COVID-19 Not Transmitted Pregnant Mom to Newborn
Four babies born in a hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, did not show signs of infection and remain healthy today...


Mar 16 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Repairing DNA Breaks in Aging, Cancer and MND
Experts discover a new 'toolkit' of proteins which can lead to repair of DNA breaks...



Mar 13 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Discovering The Origin of Modern Proteins
By bringing the ancient history of two proteins back to life, researchers catch a glimpse of how a billion year old molecular partnership works...


Mar 12 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Household Chemicals Linked to Child Language Delay
Young children in low income homes frequently likely to show delay in language development by age 2...


Mar 11 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Improving High Blood Pressure Management
New 'real world' data reveals opportunities for blood pressure improvement...


Mar 10 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Brain Waves Stimulate Muscle Movements
How waves in the motor cortex of our brain help initiate and regulate muscle movement...


Mar 9 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Stress In Pregnancy Can Last a Lifetime
Mice exposed to stress in the womb and soon after birth can expect a lifetime of immune system deficiencies...



Mar 6 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Existing Drugs Give Some Defence Against Coronavirus
Broad-spectrum antiviral agents could be a possible quick response to the potential COVID-19 pandemic...


Mar 5 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Dozens of Mutations in Crucial Brain Gene
Numerous malfunctions in one brain growth gene now considered a developmental disability syndrome...


Mar 4 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Molecule Offers Hope for Stoping Parkinson's
A promising molecule has offered hope for a new treatment that could stop or slow Parkinson's, something no treatment can currently do...


Mar 3 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Treating Fetal Disorders With Stem Cell Transplants
Stem cells can migrate to fetal brain and body locations needing help to produce crucial missing protein...


Mar 2 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

What Regulates Early Placental Growth?
CRISPR technology reveals function of a very large gene found only in the placenta, stem cells and certain cancers...



Feb 28 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Stem Cells Given to Fetus Treat Metabolic Disorders
Fetal stem cell/enzyme therapy may alleviate some congenital diseases that often result in pregnancy loss...


Feb 27 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

CRISPR Slows ALS Progression In Mice
New CRISPER editing technique changes one letter of DNA sequence without cutting through both DNA strands...


Feb 26 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Closing In On Cell Originating Ovarian Cancer
New technique identifies six previously unknown cell types in human fallopian tubes...


Feb 25 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How to Affect Organ Size and Shape
Morphogens identify cells by location and send those cells specific signals directing their growth...


Feb 24 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Pregnancy High Blood Pressure Link to DNA Methylation
Gene adaptations correspond to blood pressure increases at distinct intervals during pregnancy...



Feb 21 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Antidepressant Harms Baby Neurons in Lab 'Mini-Brains
Stem-cell model 'brains' could allow for rapid testing of drugs and chemicals for potential neurotoxicity...


Feb 20 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Can Acid Reflux Drugs Curb Preterm Births?
Research identifies a dozen drugs that reduce inflammation, as slowing the onset of pre-term birth...


Feb 19 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Closing In On Cell of Origin For Ovarian Cancer
New technique identifies previously unknown cell types in human fallopian tubes...


Feb 18 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Tiny Hydractinia Produces Unlimited Eggs & Sperm
Research on Hydractinia might provide clues to human reproduction...


Feb 17 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

One in Three Plants & Animals to Disappear by 2070
University of Arizona researchers predict one third of plants and animal species will be extinct from climate changes by 2070...



Feb 14 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

EPA Fails to Follow Landmark Law Protecting Children
The EPA has failed to add mandated children's health safety to limits for almost 90% of most common pesticides...

Feb 13 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Rogue Cell Communication Leads to Leukaemia
Deciphering how rogue communication between blood stem cells causes leukaemia...

Feb 12 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

How Do Some Mammals Pause Pregnancy?
A biochemical lag exists between conception and pregnancy in many mammals...

Feb 11 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Predicting The Ideal Transplant Donor & Recipient
It may now be possible to predict the best candidate for receiving an organ transplant...

Feb 10 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

New Prenatal Blood Test May Identify Gene Errors
A new study assessing DNA from live cells is "proof of concept" for potential non-invasive genetic diagnosis...



Feb 7 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Mom's Stress During Pregnancy Affects Fetal Brain
A mother's mental health alters the structure and biochemistry of her infant's developing brain...

Feb 6 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Do You Get Easily Out of Breath?
Perhaps you were small at birth, a new study suggests...

Feb 5 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Aging Cells Lead to Neurodegeneratve Diseases
Buck research discovers how cell aging leads to the degeneration of nerve cells, a finding significant to studies of both dementia and brain cancer...

Feb 4 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Low-calorie Sweeteners Risky for Infants
New research shows the impact 'diet' ingredients have on body weight and gut microbiota...

Feb 3 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Can Resetting Circadian Clocks Control Diabetes?
Research demonstrates a link between disturbance in circadian clocks in pancreatic cells - with type 2 diabetes, and can correct that disturbance...




Jan 31 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Fat Cells Sense Sunlight
Lack of sunlight can lead to problems beyond seasonal affective disorder...

Jan 30 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Possible Alzheimer's Breakthrough
A newly found protein ? 'aggregatin' ? is a bio-marker for Alzheimer's disease and may lead to treatments to slow its progression...

Jan 29 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Surprise in How Eyes 'See'
Long before a baby opens its eyes for the first time, it's brain is ready to start decoding visual stimuli...

Jan 28 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

First Induced Autism Symptom Improvements
Bumetanide - a drug for edema - improves symptoms in young children with autism without significant side effects...

Jan 27 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Children Under 5 at High Risk for Flu Complications
Full flu vaccination among children cuts hospitalization in half...




Jan 24 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Linking ALS Genes To Enzyme - Gemin3
A new study holds promise for treating and perhaps slowing down ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease...

Jan 23 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Zika Birth Abnormalities Linked to Mom's Malnutrition
The severity of Zika deformities in babies is shown to be affected by a mother"s own malnutrition...

Jan 22 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Princeton Recreates A Key Step In Cell Division
Recreating key cell division step that defines a protein elevated in cancer...

Jan 21 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Intestinal Organoids Developed to Model Disease
A new way to generate human cells for testing gastrointestinal diseases...

Jan 20 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Fast Food Fry Oil Linked to Obesity & Diabetes
America's most widely consumed fry oil causes genetic changes in our brains as well...




Jan 17 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Single Molecule May Explain Allergic Contact Dermatitis
New insight as to what may trigger immune responses to skin creams and commercial products...

Jan 16 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

One Infection Can Induce Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Intestinal infection is just the beginning for IBS...

Jan 15 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Chromatin Folds Into The Cell Nucleus Like A 3D Forest
Chromatin helps pack about six feet of DNA into each cell nucleus in our body...

Jan 14 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Condensing DNA to Fit Into Sperm Can Lead to Errors
Researchers track defective DNA errors in sperm and potentially find ways to correct defects...

Jan 13 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Puberty Gives Insights Into Normal Growth and Cancer
The first-ever genome-scale analysis of human male puberty shows testosterone impacts stem cells...




Jan 10 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Having a Baby Can Cost $4,500 Out-of-Pocket
The most expensive part of having a baby is birth itself...

Jan 9 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Organic Pollutants in Mom's Blood Link to Small Fetus
Pregnant women exposed to persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, have slightly smaller fetuses than women not exposed to these chemicals...

Jan 8 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

A Man's Diet Quickly Effects His Sperm Quality
Sperm are influenced by diet and the effects are rapid...

Jan 7 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Identifying Every Brain Cell
Neuroscientists want to classify each of the brain's many cells...

Jan 6 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Deciphering Life's Equations
A new theory describes what all animals have in common, allowing for predictions about organisms by scientists...




Jan 3 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Common Antidepressant Affects Baby
Early exposure to a common antidepressant (SSRI) during pregnancy changes sensory processing in neonatal mouse brain...

Jan 2 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Sight Doesn't Work The Way We Thought
Specific neurons were thought to capture images in defined brain areas...

Jan 1 2020Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Mouse Eggs Can Come From Granulosa Cells
Mouse pups were recently born from eggs made from granulosa cells - which typically only surround an egg...

Dec 31 2019Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Target For Restoring Spinal Cord Injury
Indiana Universary identifies potential target for restoring movement after spinal cord injury...

Dec 30 2019Latest news in developmental biology Monday to Friday

Embedding A Special Molecular Switch Into A Gene
A special molecular switch may be able to be embedded into genes allowing doctors to control gene dosing...