Communication between cells is a carefully coordinated matter. In the brain, for example, neurons talk by firing signals at a particular tempo, each impulse subsiding before the next arises. Their pacing relies on the activity of SK channels, molecules embedded in neurons’ outer membranes. Toward the end of a signal,…...
For the first time, scientists have shown that a small cluster of cells in the human embryo dictates the fate of other embryonic cells. The discovery of this developmental “organizer” could advance research into many human diseases, and it suggests we have more in common with birds than meets the eye.
What is the Gairdner Foundation International Award?
The Gairdner Foundation is devoted to the recognition of outstanding achievement in biomedical research worldwide. The awards recognize individuals whose work or contribution constitutes tangible achievement in the field of medical science. Since 1959, when the first Gairdner Foundation International Awards were presented, 18 recipients have been associated with The Rockefeller University.