In any context, introns and repetitive satellite DNA have often been seen as mere “genomic junk,” but recent work suggests that both – including satellites contained with introns – have necessary functions. Check out a review of this from the lab here.
Germline fate is more plastic than you might think – it can arise (or disappear) in many different species in very different ways. Check out a review on this topic from the lab here.
A new review from the Yamashita lab explores how centrosome asymmetry could underlie asymmetric cell divisions. Check it out here!