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Growth & Development August 27, 2018

How Do Fruit Flies Grow Legs? Solving a Molecular Mystery

Columbia study helps settle long-standing scientific debate about how embryos develop, offers clues for diseases like cancer, in which normal development patterns go awry.

The Senses May 24, 2018

Carol Mason Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Academy recognizes decades of work to map complex pathways that connect the eye to the brain; research that could inform treatments of developmental and vision disorders.

Computation April 5, 2018

Columbia Scientists Build Better Way to Decode the Genome

New computer algorithm deciphers DNA’s most well-kept secrets; may help find the links between genes and disease.

The Senses March 16, 2018

The Nerve Cells That Enable Fruit Flies to Escape Danger

Findings offer clues into comparable survival strategies in people.

Growth & Development February 14, 2018

Learning the Language of Love: The Brain Science of Songbirds

By examining birds' courtship rituals, and deciphering how they learn to sing to each other, Sarah Woolley, PhD, is shedding new light on how two brains can connect to become a pair.

Growth & Development January 25, 2018

The Stem Cells that Build a Fly’s Nervous System

Columbia study in fruit flies sheds light on key aspect of development; findings could build understanding of comparable system in people.

Growth & Development December 1, 2017

Mapping the Many Steps it Takes to Build a Cell

In developing a new tool to trace the proteins that guide cellular development, Columbia scientists are deciphering one of biology’s most ancient systems.

Evolution November 2, 2017

What the Discovery of an Elusive Protein Means for Science and Medicine

Columbia-led research solves decade-long scientific mystery; lays groundwork for entirely new investigations into cell biology and disease

Disease April 27, 2017

Can Tangled-Up Neurons Lead to Depression-Like Behavior?

Twin papers lend clues into how the brain organizes itself, offering new avenues for studying psychiatric disorders.

Learning & Memory October 5, 2016

Brain Study Reveals How Teens Learn Differently Than Adults

Columbia-led research finds adolescents’ ability to remember is closely linked to reward-learning behavior.

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