Never let it be said that The Scholarly Kitchen was afraid to answer the most important questions of the day. Here, we present the latest from Nature that addresses a question I am certain has been on your mind — how would a starfish wear pants?

The video below provides the answer, based on gene expression patterns normally seen along the head to tail axis of organisms. The head is where the hat goes and the tail is where the pants go. But where exactly are those things on a starfish?

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


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