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Development, Regeneration and Stem Cell Biology Research

[University of Michigan Law School]





- Developmental Biology

Developmental biology is the field of biology that studies the processes by which multicellular organisms grow and develop, controlled by their genes. Knowledge of normal developmental processes can aid in the understanding of developmental abnormalities and other conditions such as cancer. Modern developmental biology studies the genetic control of cell growth, differentiation and "morphogenesis," which is the process that gives rise to tissues, organs and anatomy. Embryology is a subfield, the study of organisms between the one-cell stage (generally, the zygote) and the end of the embryonic stage. Embryology and developmental biology today deal with the various steps necessary for the correct and complete formation of the body of a living organism.

Developmental biology includes production of gametes, fertilization, development of the embryo, emergence of the adult organism, senescence, and death. Developmental biologists attempt to understand the molecular, genetic, cellular, and integrative aspects of building an organism. 


- Regenerative Biology

In biology, regeneration is the process of renewal, restoration, and growth that makes genomes, cells, organisms, and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage. Every species is capable of regeneration, from bacteria to humans. 



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