Genes and Bones

Welcome to the greatest blog about craniofacial bone development that the world has ever seen!  If you are at all interested in learning more about how my research is discovering how certain genes regulate skull development and structure, then you have come to the right place!


Brannon’s Bone Blog Beats Boring Bone Books

Let’s face it, reading scholarly articles (especially those published in medical journals and other scientific journals) can seem, well, a little boring.  Ok, Ok, maybe a lot boring.  And if you are anything like me you’ve been wanting a more exciting, fun way to access scientific literature.  That’s the goal of this experimental project, to make the research that seems mundane and ordinary to the majority of us more fun to read and accessible by all!  This blog will be a gateway to a new world for most of you who take the time to explore it.  This new world, one full of wondrous advances in our understanding of how bones form and function, should help those of you whose only experience interacting with the mammalian skeletal system was messing around with the plastic skeleton in high school science class to more fully understand just how the intricacies of mammalian skeletal development and function can help you to realize the importance of your bones.


Why is Research Important?

Research is the systematic investigation and study of materials and sources to establish facts and reach new conclusions, so it shapes people’s understanding of the world around them. For example, physicists and astronomers have used research to greatly expand our knowledge of  universal principles and have given us a far better understanding of the cosmos.  Through research findings, psychologists are able to explain individuals’ behaviors, including how people think and act in certain ways. This helps to determine disorders and their impact on the person and society, thus developing appropriate treatments to improve the individual’s quality of life.  Medical researchers do similar work which focuses on physical pathological conditions—i.e. diseases.

Research has led to the introduction of new medical treatments and cures that have helped counter several diseases, thus increasing human life expectancy greatly. It is now common for people to live 10 years longer than in the 1960s and 20 years longer than in the 1930s. Causes of early deaths and crippling vitamin deficiencies (along with many other nutritional deficiencies) have also been identified by progress made in the medical field through research, allowing researchers to help improve living conditions for millions and millions of people.