Protein signal is crucial for accurate control of insect size
Two independent groups of researchers have identified a hormone that is responsible for keeping the growth and development of insects on track. The results, which are reported in the journal Science, sugges ...
Nuclear receptors battle it out during metamorphosis in new fruit fly model
Growing up just got more complicated. Thomas Jefferson University biochemistry researchers have shown for the first time that the receptor for a major insect molting hormone doesn't activate and repress genes ...
Tobacco plant thwarts caterpillar onslaught by opening flowers in the morning
We normally think of pollinators as providing a valuable service to plants, and they certainly do. In exchange for nectar, pollinators like the well-known honey bee carry pollen from one plant to the other ...
In journey from maggot to fruit fly, a clue about cancer metastasis
Scientists trying to understand how cancer cells invade healthy tissue have used the fruit fly's metamorphosis from maggot to flying insect as a guide to identify a key molecular signal that may be involved in both processes.
Researchers discover how a brain hormone controls insect metamorphosis
A team of University of Minnesota researchers have discovered how PTTH, a hormone produced by the brain, controls the metamorphosis of juvenile insects into adults.
Cells in developing tissue consider their history of signaling exposure to determine location
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have proposed a novel model that differs from a widely held hypothesis about the mechanisms by which developing animals pattern their tissues and structures.