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3D rendering of an in silico simulation of the Drosophila embryo at the onset of gastrulation. Darker blue indicates greater apical surface constriction. The red line indicates the region of greatest tensile stress working as a ‘cheese cutter wire’ indenting the ventral tissue and initiating embryo gastrulation.

The embryo puts on a string to initiate gastrulation

Gastrulation is the process via which the embryonic epithelium is remodeled and different groups of cells are…

Svante Pääbo at the Nakasone Award ceremony in 2018.

Svante Pääbo Wins 2022 Nobel Prize in Medicine – Dawn of New Age of Biology

Svante Pääbo was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Medicine for pioneering the field of evolutionary genetics — work that…

Toits de Paris

21st HFSP Awardees Meeting

The 21st HFSP Awardees Meeting was held as a hybrid event from 28 August to 1 September 2022, with the physical meeting…

Structural transition from single to multiple layers in nascent biofilms.

Collective punctuality: noisy individuals team up to time biofilm development

How phenotypic noise – the variability in cellular traits – shapes collective properties of living systems remains…

Populations of Pocillopora aliciae are thriving in coastal Sydney

Subtropical corals are heading south to Sydney: are they dangerous invaders or harmless refugees?

Increasing environmental pressures such as ocean warming are destroying marine habitats, including the largest coral…

Banded mongooses

Fighting force size and key individuals drive success in warlike animal fights

In violent contests between banded mongoose groups, winning groups have more males and the oldest male in the fight…

The offspring of the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis

Microbes support adaptation to climate change

Researchers from Kiel and Düsseldorf use the example of the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis to investigate the…

The developmental role of sleep in shaping adult social behavior

Adolescent sleep shapes social interaction behavior

Sleep during a critical adolescent period determines the behavioral preference for social novelty during social…

Forcing cell differentiation at the fingertips

Forcing cell differentiation at the fingertips

An interplay between tissue mechanics and molecular signaling enables the emergence of digits.

 Descartes’ classic drawing on the reflex arc of pain (from L’Homme, 1662)

Warm on a cold night: the neurological basis of behavioral thermoregulation

Thermoregulatory behavior is a basic motivated behavior for body temperature homeostasis. Despite its critical…

Overview of protein machine assembly

Computational design of the first synthetic protein rotary machines

Using cutting-edge computational methods and cryoelectron microscopy, we designed synthetic protein components that…

Distant genes pair together

Genomically apart, but acting together: gene coupling in living embryos

Genes can be tightly co-regulated despite large genomic separation. In developing fly embryos, shared enhancers co…