UNT Research, Volume 16, 2006 Page: 42
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MODELING HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
HELP BiOLOGISTS UNDERSTAND
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niversity-based biologists can be hard
pressed to describe their basic research to
nonscientists. They might find it difficult,
for instance, to drum up excitement for
zebrafish genetics or avian respiratory
system development for people interested
in how science can help us today.
Two researchers with the Develop-
mental Physiology and Genetics Research
Group, based in the University of North
Texas Department of Biological Sciences,
have the answer. Their work involves basic
study of species chosen specifically for
their ability to model human development
at the embryonic and genetic stages.
Through their work, Edward
Dzialowski and Pudur Jagadeeswaran can
already tell us worlds more than we knew
even a few years ago about how humans
develop and about diseases and conditions
we might avoid developing in the future.
Even in this age of big science, super-
conductors and high-tech research labs,
some of the most exciting work is being
done small. Very small - like in your
refrigerator, in the egg carton, inside
Dzialowski, assistant professor of bio-
logical sciences, is interested in what's going
on inside that chicken embryo because it
yields big clues about the development of
human respiratory and cardiovascular sys-
tems. Dzialowski's lab is halfway through a
National Science Foundation grant to
research the ductus arteriosus - two blood
vessels that allow blood returning to the
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