developmental biology

Women Wunderkinds

To celebrate this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we take a look at eight shining examples of scientific excellence in Asia.

The Sticky Truth Behind Cell Development

By observing fruit fly cells, scientists in Japan found a key protein for cell adhesion, allowing cells to stick together during development.

Asia’s Scientific Trailblazers: Sham Mai Har

After navigating a career full of surprising opportunities, Chinese University of Hong Kong Pro-Vice-Chancellor Sham Mai Har is now building a research culture that empowers rising scientists.

Asian Scientist Magazine’s April 2021 Roundup

Celebrate the region’s best scientists and their trailblazing efforts through Asian Scientist Magazine’s top stories from April 2021.

How The Brain Prepares For The Eyes To See

Computer simulations show that spontaneous activity in the developing retina could help the visual cortex form properly prior to input from the eyes.

WEF 2020 Young Scientists Include Eight From Asia

From neuroscience to satellite research, eight scientists based in Asia were honored as part of the World Economic Forum’s Class of 2020 Young Scientists.

Pregnant Mums Unlikely To Transmit COVID-19 To Newborns

Four babies born to SARS-CoV-2-infected mothers did not show signs of infection and remain healthy, according to case reports.

How Birth Shapes The Baby’s Skin Microbiome

The mode of delivery at birth has long term consequences on a child’s skin microbiome, say scientists in China.

Made Simple: Selecting The Sex Of Offspring

A research group in Japan has identified a chemical that affects sperm bearing the Y chromosome differently from those bearing the X chromosome.

How The Pufferfish Got Its Spines

An international team of biologists has found that homologs of genes involved in hair and feather formation in other vertebrates are responsible for pufferfish spine development.