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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Conserved and divergent development of brainstem vestibular and auditory nuclei

    Marcela Lipovsek, Richard JT Wingate
    The development of brainstem auditory nuclei echoes the divergent evolutionary history of amniote auditory systems.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Signals from the brain and olfactory epithelium control shaping of the mammalian nasal capsule cartilage

    Marketa Kaucka et al.
    The brain and olfactory epithelium play a key role in pattering chondrogenic areas in the developing face, which is partly based on the release of SHH from neurosensory structures into the facial mesenchyme.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Slightly beneficial genes are retained by bacteria evolving DNA uptake despite selfish elements

    Bram van Dijk et al.
    Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) helps slightly beneficial genes persist in microbial populations, incentivising cells to invest in costly DNA uptake, even in the presence of harmful selfish genetic elements.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Divergent mechanisms regulate conserved cardiopharyngeal development and gene expression in distantly related ascidians

    Alberto Stolfi et al.
    Embryos of distantly related sea squirt species are nearly identical but develop according to different gene regulatory mechanisms.