Caterpillar to Butterfly: New Light Shed to Understand How Children Develop into Adults

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Tsukuba researchers discover an exciting new link between nutrition and development in fruit flies that involves a direct association between the brain and parts of the insect organ secreting the important hormone. It helps to explain when and how caterpillars turn into butterflies and may help us to understand how and when children develop into adults.

How is the timing of puberty controlled? The answer may lie in understanding the timing of metamorphosis, the insect version of puberty, according to research recently reported by Dr. Yuko Shimada-Niwa and Dr. Ryusuke Niwa from the University of Tsukuba. This research was published on December 15, 2014 in the scientific journal, Nature Communications.

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