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BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (4)

Posted by on November 20th, 2015

In 2014, the British Society of Developmental Biology (BSDB) has initiated the Gurdon Summer Studentship program with the intention to provide highly motivated students with exceptional qualities and a strong interest in Developmental Biology an opportunity to engage in practical research. Each year, 10 successful applicants spend 8 weeks in the research laboratories of their[…]

Organ Design 101: Discovering the rules for building a pancreas

Posted by on November 19th, 2015

As we develop from wads of cells to fully formed humans, each of our organs goes through intricate processes to achieve the right combination and number of cells arranged in the proper way. Research published in PLoS Biology by Yung Hae Kim and her colleagues looks at the development of our hormone-oozing pancreas, which assists[…]

Burning down the house II- not-so-bad ideas

Posted by on November 18th, 2015

This Sticky Wicket article first featured in Journal of Cell Science. Read other articles and cartoons of Mole & Friends here.       “No visible means of support, and you have not seen nothing yet. Everything stuck together. Dum dee dum dum dum dee dum, Baby what do you expect?” Hey, we’re back. And no,[…]

Developing a new look

Posted by on November 17th, 2015

This editorial first appeared in Development, and it was authored by Olivier Pourquié, Katherine Brown and Claire Moulton.   As you might have noticed, Development has been looking a little different recently, with a new website and a new masthead for the journal (see Box 1 for elements of our new branding). These changes mark the[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 22)

Posted by on November 17th, 2015

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Nodal: sustaining Shh expression Underlying the developing vertebrate forebrain is the prechordal mesoderm, which secretes sonic hedgehog (Shh) at a precise developmental time. The tight temporal regulation of this morphogen is crucial for the specification of several ventral cell types in the forebrain. However,[…]

New SDB Grants Initiatives

Posted by on November 10th, 2015

The Society for Developmental Biology has established several new small grant programs for the developmental biology community. SDB Innovation Grant – to develop innovative tools and methods with the potential to have a broad impact on the developmental biology community – Deadlines: December 1 and May 31 SDB Emerging Models Grant – to develop techniques,[…]

A new look at the (microscopic) world- 350 years since Hooke’s landmark book

Posted by on November 9th, 2015

  ‘These pores, or cells, were not very deep, but consisted of a great many little Boxes … [they] were indeed the first microscopical pores I ever saw, and perhaps, that were ever seen’   Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the conference ‘Cell: from Robert Hooke to Cell Therapy- a 350 year[…]

Artificial Intelligence tackles variability of metastatic conversion triggered by bioelectric disregulation

Posted by on November 7th, 2015

  One of the most important problems in experimental biology has to do with variability / heterogeneity (Rubin, 1990): why do different organisms react differently to the same perturbation or reagent? This is observed even among clonal populations (e.g., cohorts of planarian flatworms descended from the fission of 1 animal and living in the same[…]

Burning down the house I- bad ideas

Posted by on November 6th, 2015

This Sticky Wicket article first featured in Journal of Cell Science. Read other articles and cartoons of Mole & Friends here.     “Watch out, you might get what you’re after! Dee-dee dee-dee-dee-dee. I’m an or-din-ar-y guy.” Hey, there. Just chilling to some old tunes and enjoying a cloudy day, curled up with some journals and[…]