Embryogenesis

Animal embryogenesis is the process by which the embryo develops from the fertilised egg cell. Important events that occur during embryogenesis are gastrulation, formation of the early nervous system and initiation of organogenesis.

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  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    As it fulfills an irresistible need to understand our own origins, research on human development occupies a unique niche in scientific and medical research. In this Comment, we explore the progress in our understanding of human development over the past 10 years. The focus is on basic research, clinical applications, and ethical considerations.

    • Ali H. Brivanlou
    •  & Norbert Gleicher
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    In the next 10 years, the continued exploration of human embryology holds promise to revolutionize regenerative and reproductive medicine with important societal consequences. In this Comment we speculate on the evolution of recent advances made and describe emerging technologies for basic research, their potential clinical applications, and, importantly, the ethical frameworks in which they must be considered.

    • Ali H. Brivanlou
    • , Nicolas Rivron
    •  & Norbert Gleicher
  • News & Views |

    RNA is dynamic and can fold into multiple alternative conformations. A new study shows that cells control mRNA translation by regulating the stoichiometry of alternative RNA structures formed from extremely conserved sequences of 5′ untranslated regions and that this control may contribute to embryonic development.

    • Amit Gupta
    •  & Jean-Denis Beaudoin
    Nature Genetics 53, 591-592