Intestinal fortitude: gut coils hold secrets of organ formation

Intestinal fortitude: gut coils hold secrets of organ formation

Our guts, and all our organs, are arranged in left-right asymmetric patterns inside our bodies, so that everything may fit. At the same time, development of organs such as the intestine is anything but haphazard. In healthy embryos, rotation of the gut during development always occurs in a counterclockwise direction and is perfectly timed. It’s a complicated process that scientists have long worked to understand. Now, a study published Sept. 23 in the journal Science finds that gut rotation during …