Friday, November 5, 2010
Driving Self-Recognition � American Scientist: "The most exciting finding began in the late 1990s with the work of two postdocs, Dietmar Schmucker and Jim Clemens. Dietmar was using a simple and elegant system in the Drosophila embryo to study how growing or extending axons navigate, a process commonly called axon guidance. Dietmar teamed up with Jim Clemens, another recently arrived postdoc, to explore the function of the protein product of a gene named Dock. ...Dietmar quickly showed that [a gene named] Dock played a role at a specific step during axon guidance."