Congratulations to the Martindale Lab for the recent article published in eLife titled “Germ layer specific regulation of cell polarity and adhesion gives insight into the evolution of mesoderm.” The authors are Miguel Salinas-Saavedra, graduate student at Whitney Laboratory, Amber Rock, REU 2016 Whitney Laboratory summer intern and Choose Development! Fellow from the Society of Developmental Biology, and Mark Martindale, director at Whitney Laboratory.
The research outlined in the article looks to answer the following question. - How do animal embryos generate distinct tissue layers? This is a long-standing question in developmental biology due to its biological significance not only for embryology but also for diseases such as tumorigenesis. The research has been able to take new approaches and set up this question into an evolutionary context on the base of our previous findings in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis.
Full paper - https://elifesciences.org/articles/36740