This section contains reviews/summaries/critiques of selected published research articles in broad areas of biology, including evolutionary biology, developmental biology, and genetics. Some of these evaluations are part of my F1000 reviews (see my F1000 profile here).
ENCODE and modENCODE projects have recently achieved major milestones in decoding the meaning of genome sequences. Whereas ENCODE consortium focuses on the human genome, modENCODE researchers are using Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) and Caenorhabditis elegans (worm) genomes in their studies.
Genetic studies of vulva development in the nematode C. elegans have identified many genes that regulate cell proliferation.
Tiny worms (nematodes) are stimulated by a low voltage DC electric field and move towards the cathode. This phenomenon, termed “electrotaxis”, is known for more than 50 years but only recently has caught the attention of some researchers.