Building an embryo: How do cells ‘know’ where to go amidst the chaos of embryonic development?

The development of an organism appears as a chaotic combination of signaling events, stochastic gene expression behaviors, and cell movements. However, if we take a closer look, these behaviors have an order. This fits into the general observation that embryogenesis is patterned, precise, and robust, despite the stochastic nature of microscopic processes. During early development, …

How developmental biology shaped my career path

I have long had the idea of perusing a career in science. However, that description was broad and I had no defined path sketched out in front of me. For the majority of my peers, they too had vague plans for the future. Many of them are still no wiser even after completing a degree …

Introduce Yourself (BIO)

I graduated from Durham University with an MBiol in biological sciences in 2020. Early on during my degree, I became immensely interested in the field of developmental biology which aims to understand how complex organisms form from a single cell. This non-trivial task requires a set of ‘instructions’ which are encoded by the genes within …

Of stripes, dots, and… body hair: The science of biological patterns

Astonishing biological patterns surround us from the stripes on a zebra to the hair follicles on our skin. In fact, you might devote a significant part of your life getting rid of body hair, but you would be amazed by the way that nature puts them there in the first place. You could even call …

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