Results about: growth

The Drosophila fly brings to light the role of morphogens in limb growth

Scientists at IRB Barcelona clarify the function of the genes that drive wing development in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Published in the journal eLife, this study unveils that the Dpp morphogen is necessary for wing growth but that its gradient does not govern this process.

Understanding the development of limbs in Drosophila paves the way to research into congenital defects in vertebrates.

The fly reveals a new signal involved in limb growth

Researchers at IRB Barcelona identify a fundamental role of the JAK/STAT signalling pathway in the development and growth regulation of limbs in Drosophila.

Published in Nature Communications, the study paves the way to research into the function of this pathway in vertebrate development and its possible involvement in human congenital diseases.

IRB Barcelona researchers discover mechanism that regulates steroid hormone production in Drosophila

• The study, published in Current Biology, links growth to sexual maturity.

• Scientists at IRB Barcelona identify a micro-RNA key to insulin’s regulation of steroid hormones in flies.