• Ethics of making human blastocysts in a lab

    New research means new cause to revise the ethics of research into early human life stages.

    The findings of two papers released today in the journal Nature by two separate research groups – one mainly Australi...

    Ethics March 18, 2021
  • The science behind the blastocyst and iBlastoid

    Monash University-led research team turns skin cells into early-stage embryo model.

    It was an unanticipated event that led to what researchers are calling one of the greatest advancements to date in ou...

    Biology March 18, 2021
  • Scientists brave enough to grow a spine

    Stem cells self-organise into trunk-like structures.

    Growing an embryo outside the body may not be that far away. German scientists report that they have successfully ...

    Biology December 11, 2020
  • Embryonic muscles echo evolution

    Early muscles reflect ancestral change new imaging reveals.

    Muscles thought discarded during the long descent that shaped humanity are in fact still present in embryos – providi...

    Biology October 1, 2019
  • Turtle embryos can influence their own sex

    There’s value in being able to move around in the egg.

    The sex of young turtles can be determined in part by the temperature of the egg they emerge from, new research shows...

    Marine life August 1, 2019
  • Early life illuminated in 3D

    New model mimics an embryo’s shape and size.

    Researchers at Rockefeller University in the US have used stem cells to create a 3D model of early embryonic tissues,...

    Biology July 1, 2019
  • Nicotine replacements may harm embryos

    Nicotine, divorced from tobacco, impacts embryo development.

    Nicotine itself may be damaging to embryos, even without the toxins generated by burning tobacco, according to US res...

    Body and Mind March 4, 2019
  • Exploring the precision of embryonic development

    Physicists and biologists collaborate to study the way cells use molecular information. Samantha ...

    How does the fruit fly get its stripes? Very specifically. At least that’s the conclusion of physicists and biologist...

    Biology February 3, 2019
  • The mechanics of embryonic eyes

    Modelling shows how physics and biology combine to form ‘optic cups’. Andrew Masterson reports.

    A computer simulation showing the development of a three dimensional embryonic proto-eye.KYOTO UNIVERSITY/EIRAKU LABJ...

    Biology November 25, 2018
  • Watch: an embryo on show

    Microscope provides unique inside view as a new life begins. Nick Carne reports.

    Embryonic mouse neural tubes, growing and folding.K. McDole et al./ Cell 2018A new microscope has given scientists th...

    Biology October 14, 2018
  • A pseudo-embryo forms

    Scientists watch as stem cells organise into a proto-foetus.

    Researchers from Switzerland’s University of Geneva, the University of Cambridge, UK, and the French Federal Institut...

    Biology October 4, 2018
  • In the embryonic human, an organiser starts its work

    Long-sought mechanism for cell development has at last been found.

    We have had personal organisers for years, from the Filofax and PalmPilot to the calendar on the modern smartphone. T...

    Biology May 24, 2018
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