Latest germ plasm Stories
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.
A team from the University of Nottingham has 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.
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.
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