New research in fruit flies shows how insulin, pheromones, fertility and mating are all connected. Could this knowledge help us understand higher animals — including ourselves?
Basic Science and Laboratory Research
New U-M research has shown that pluripotent stem cells can self-organize into a structure similar to the amniotic sac, an early stage of human development. The discovery could be used to study why pregnancies fail.
A study of DNA from prehistoric German dogs yielded new clues about how dogs became domesticated from wolves. The same techniques can teach us about our own ancient origins — and diseases that affect both species.
U-M and FDA scientists show the key role of excess gut calcium in awakening Clostridium difficile spores.
The stubborn cyst form of a common parasite can’t cause disease without a key digestion factor, new mouse research shows. This suggests an avenue for future treatments.