‘Unfold,’ Episode 6: ‘Chonk the Axolotl: How Life Is Super Amazing’

In the newest Season 3 episode of Unfold, a UC Davis podcast, you’ll hear about Chonk, a pink, baby-faced axolotl who has become a bit of a superstar on Twitter. This fully aquatic salamander is helping developmental biologists understand neural crest cells. These cells help form our face, skin color and peripheral nervous system. Discovering more about these cells can help researchers understand congenital disorders and certain types of cancer.

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Chonk in her aquarium. (UC Davis)

In this episode: 
Crystal Rogers, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology at the School of Veterinary Medicine

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UC Davis Assistant Professor Crystal Rogers. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

The award-winning podcast launches a new episode every Tuesday through Nov. 23.

Unfold is available free, on demand at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon's TuneIn, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. It is produced by Cody Drabble. Original music for Unfold comes from UC Davis alumnus Damien Verrett and Curtis Jerome Haynes. Follow Unfold on Twitter at @Unfoldpodcast.

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  • Amy Quinton, News and Media Relations, 530-752-9843, amquinton@ucdavis.edu
  • Kat Kerlin, News and Media Relations, 530-750-9195, kekerlin@ucdavis.edu

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