Frontier science matters

Featuring topics related to frontier life science research that go beyond the research supported directly by HFSP. See also ...

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Engineering formation of complex multicellular structures with synthetic cell-cell signalling circuits

by HFSP Long-Term Fellows Leonardo Morsut and Satoshi Toda

Two California-based HFSP Long-Term Fellows, Leonardo Morsut and Satoshi Toda, describe their highly innovative research and how they are using synthetic cell biology tools to engineer customized self-organizing tissues.  Using artificial cell-cell signalling circuits, we generated robust multi-layered self-organizing structures displaying cell type divergence, symmetry breaking, and regeneration upon injury. Our work provides insights into the evolution of multicellularity...

Some reflections on the mirrored eyes of scallops

by HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow Benjamin Palmer

Benjamin Palmer, an HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, describes his research in the emerging field of organic biomineralization, and in particular on the intricate structure and functioning of the mirrored eye of the scallop. Dr Palmer works in the lab of HFSP Program Grant holder Lia Addadi and Steve Weiner at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Most people are surprised to hear that scallops see with up to 200 majestic iridescent eyes peering out from between their...