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developmental biology

“Organoid” brain tissue models grown in a lab for two years can help scientists study a critical period of development just before and after birth.
Abstractions blog

The Oldest Mini-Brains Have Lifelike Young Cells

“Organoid” brain tissue models grown in a lab for two years can help scientists study a critical period of development just before and after birth.

To create a good living replica of the human brain, your best hope may be to let “organoid” components assemble it for you.
Abstractions blog

Mini-Brains Go Modular

To create a good living replica of the human brain, your best hope may be to let “organoid” components assemble it for you.

Scientists are uncovering how our bodies — and everything within them — tell right from left.
developmental biology

How Life Turns Asymmetric

Scientists are uncovering how our bodies — and everything within them — tell right from left.

An interview with the developmental biologist Cassandra Extavour on the origins of multicellular organisms and the evolution of cooperation.
Q&A

Debating the Evolution of Multicellularity

An interview with the developmental biologist Cassandra Extavour on the origins of multicellular organisms and the evolution of cooperation.

New research has prompted a resurgence of interest in the patterning mechanisms Alan Turing proposed 60 years ago.
Biology

Biologists Home in on Turing Patterns

New research has prompted a resurgence of interest in the patterning mechanisms Alan Turing proposed 60 years ago.