Tag Archives: development

Harvard study finds cells recall their early development

When cells grow up, they remember their childhoods. A new study has found that adult cells keep a record of which genes were activated during their early development. Even more surprisingly, the memory is retrievable: Under certain lab conditions, cells can play the story of their development in reverse, switching on genes that were active… Read More »

In Brief: Mom’s Social Network Benefits Baby’s Development

Women with postpartum depression often complain of social isolation, and multiple studies have documented that having inadequate social supports is a risk factor for postpartum depression.  A recent study suggests that increasing a mother’s social network may not only benefit the mother but it may also have benefits for her baby. In a recent study,… Read More »

The development of brain stem cells into new nerve cells and why this can lead to cancer

Ana Martin-Villalba and her research team at the German Cancer Research Center followed stem cells along the path to neurons. The scientists analyzed at every step which genes where switched on and which of them were actually turned into new proteins. They expected to find that stem cells would simply switch their stem cell genes… Read More »