JAK-STAT signaling is a highly conserved regulator of stem cells and their niches. Aberrant activation in hematopoietic stem cells is the underlying cause of a majority of myeloproliferative diseases. This review will focus on the roles of JAK-STAT activity in three different adult stem cell systems in Drosophila. Tightly controlled levels of JAK-STAT… (More)
The conservation of signaling cascades between humans and Drosophila, over more than 500 million years of evolutionary time, means that the genetic tractability of the fly can be used to its full advantage to understand the functional requirements for JAK-STAT pathway signaling across species. Here we review the background to how the pathway was first… (More)
What does it take to make a heart? Even in the fruit fly, in which matters of the heart don't extend to either pop music or pulp fiction, making a heart requires big decisions and processes of surprising complexity.