a huge congratulations to Lisa, whose paper on Pax7 is published today in Scientific Reports with co-first author, Josh.  Pax7 is a gene involved both in childhood muscle cancers and in childhood brain tumors. Lisa is a lab alumni who comes from a paleoanthropology background.  She asked the question, can change to just a single gene re-pattern the skull base in a way that might begin to explain why it’s easier for a person to walk on 2 legs than our pets?   The study brought together developmental geneticists, paleoanthropologists at GWU and advanced imaging experts at the University of Utah.  What we came to appreciate, too, is that we now have a very versatile, statistically-based shape analysis tool that can be used to follow how tumors grow over time … not only with respect to volume, but with respect to shape (“prickly fingers” so to speak!)      

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