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2012-11-01 23:19:01

Researchers find that gene related to germ cell formation is far older than first thought Harvard scientists have solved the long-standing mystery of how some insects form the germ cells — the cellular precursors to the eggs and sperm necessary for sexual reproduction — and the answer is shedding new light on the evolutionary origins of a gene that had long been thought to be critical to the process. As described in a November 1 paper published in Current Biology, a team of...

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2010-07-12 08:05:00

Dr Andrew Johnson is speaking today (July 12) at the UK National Stem Cell Network annual conference. He and his team from the University of Nottingham have been using a Mexican aquatic salamander called an axolotl to study the evolution and genetics of stem cells - research that supports the development of regenerative medicine to treat the consequences of disease and injury using stem cell therapies. This team has found that there are extraordinary similarities in the development of...

2009-08-03 09:11:57

Almost all organisms evolve from a single cell, a fertilized egg. In the first hours after fertilization, the fate of its future development is determined. It is dictated by the separation of cells that will become sperm and ovules - germ cells-, from the remaining cells, which will be responsible for forming the body "“organs and tissues -, and that comprise the somatic cell line. Scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), headed by Jordi Casanova,...


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