Article “The embryo’s secrets revealed”

Source: The Scientist, Volume 31, Issue 12, December 2017

In the December 2017 issue of The Scientist Magazine, leading researchers discuss the current state of the art in our understanding of embryonic development and the advancements brought about in recent years.

The emergence of single cell techniques and computational analysis strategies have enabled significant advances in understanding the importance of chromatin architecture, maternal and paternal contributions and cell fate decisions to be made. Among the contributing researchers, Maria Elena Torres-Padilla highlights the intriguing observation recently made by her team, that activation of retrotransposons plays an important role in embryonic development.

The article leads the reader elegantly through the current knowledge of the field and raises interesting questions for the future.

Read the full piece here: “The embryo’s secrets revealed”