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cerebral organoid, or mini-brain
Abstractions blog

Mini-Brains Go Modular

August 9, 2017

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

Uca vocans - fiddler crab
developmental biology

How Life Turns Asymmetric

January 31, 2017

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

Q&A

Debating the Evolution of Multicellularity

September 25, 2013

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

developmental biology

Biologists Home in on Turing Patterns

March 25, 2013

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