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My students in Developmental Biology 4181 have been blogging away all term, and here are a few of the topics they’re thinking about this week. Sea urchins Smooth muscle cells Lung cancer vaccines Tests are good for you (good news, since I’m giving them one right now) Opiate boosters Dead whales Giant snails We’ve been…

Developmental Biology 4181: Week 2

This week, my students are thinking about SIDS, aging, Christiane Nusslein-Volhard, oncogenes, hunger, individuality, worm movies, obesity, sunscreen, and whether to divide or die. A fairly typical set of undergraduate concerns, right? They’ve all also been reading chapters 3 and 4 of Carroll’s Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and their summaries are here: α, β, γ,…

Developmental Biology 4181: Week 1

I’m teaching a course in developmental biology this term, and as part of the coursework, I’m making students blog. The idea is to force them to ferret out instances of development in popular culture, in their personal experience, and/or in their reading—I’m not asking for treatises, but simply short articles that let me know their…