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History of the man who revolutionised the field of cell fusion

Benjamin Podbilewicz has spent many years understanding the process of cell fusion and contributing immensely to the filed. To know about his life and his passion for science, click on the link below


Control of life-history trade-off by cis-regulatory mutation in eak-3

A new paper by Billard et al. (DOI: j.cub.2020.08.004) reports that a 92-bp deletion in eak-3 alters steroid hormone dafachronic acid (DA) signaling in C. elegans resulting in increased environmental sensitivity for dauer induction and delayed reproductive growth. The findings reveal the genetic basis of choice between somatic maintenance and reproductive growth in response to environmental variation.

Billard, B., Vigne, P. & Braendle, C. A. (2020). Natural Mutational Event Uncovers a Life History Trade-Off via Hormonal Pleiotropy. Curr Biol, vol. 30, 1–13, November 2, 2020.

Worms sleep when confined in microfluidic chambers

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Once bitten – twice shy

C. elegans remember eating pathogenic Pseudomonas and pass on the information to the next generation. To find out how, click on the link below