Developmental biology

Developmental biology is the field of biology that studies the processes by which multicellular organisms grow and develop, controlled by their genes. Knowledge of normal developmental processes can aid in the understanding of developmental abnormalities and other conditions such as cancer.

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  • Research Highlights |

    A study in Science suggests that regeneration-responsive enhancers drive a regeneration response programme (RRP) in killifish and zebrafish and that changes in RRPs might have facilitated the loss of regenerative capacity in vertebrates.

    • Katharine H. Wrighton
  • News and Views |

    Protein homeostasis preserves stem cell function, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. A study reveals that protein quality control mediated by the endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation pathway ensures proper expression of MPL, a key cell surface receptor that promotes haematopoietic stem cell function through niche interaction.

    • Kentson Lam
    •  & Robert A. J. Signer
  • Comments and Opinion |

    There are administrative challenges inherent to any animal research program – from hiring vets and care staff to approving and overseeing protocols to reporting to the relevant authorities. Small institutions, with limited resources and available staff compared to ‘research juggernauts,’ can have extra hurdles to cross when administering their animal research programs.

    • Christopher S. Keator
    Lab Animal 49, 277-281