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The SDB-BSDB Interview Chain: Mathew Tata interviews Yusuff Abdu

Posted by on August 23rd, 2016

Mathew Tata was the winner of the BSDB poster competition at the BSDB-BSCB 2016 meeting in Warwick. His prize was a trip to Boston to attend the SDB-ISD meeting in August, where he caught up with the SDB poster prize winner Yusuff Abdu to continue the BSDB-SDB interview chain (have a look at our previous[…]

The People Behind the Papers #2

Posted by on August 22nd, 2016

In this series, we interview the people behind some of the most exciting recent papers in developmental biology and related fields, to give context to the work and find out how the story came together.   Today’s paper is from the latest issue of Development and investigates the mechanisms of lizard tail regeneration, revealing distinct cell behaviours in[…]

SDB-ISD 2016 Meeting Report

Posted by on August 18th, 2016

The joint meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology and the International Society for Differentiation was held in Boston between August 4th and 8th. It was a meeting of firsts for me: first meeting representing the Node, first time at the SDB (having regularly enjoyed the Brit version, I was looking forward to hearing the[…]

Free webinar | Single-cell RNA-seq and cell heterogeneity in the central nervous system

Posted by on August 17th, 2016

Register here: http://bit.ly/single_cell_rna_seq_webinar  Interested in understanding RNA-seq and its application to the study of oligodendrocyte heterogeneity? Join Dr Gonçalo Castelo-Branco and Dr Amit Zeisel, of the the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysicsat the Karolinska Institutet, as they discuss the latest developments in single cell RNA-seq. Topics covered will include Technology development, applications, and challenges Investigation of[…]

Forgotten Classics: Tracing the heart

Posted by on August 17th, 2016

de la Cruz, M.V., Sánchez-Gómez, C. & Palomino, M.A. (1989) The primitive cardiac regions in the straight tube heart (Stage 9–) and their anatomical expression in the mature heart: an experimental study in the chick embryo. Journal of Anatomy 165: 121-131. Recommended by Benoit Bruneau, Gladstone Institute for Cardiovascular Disease   Two previous posts in[…]

FaceBase: An online resource for craniofacial research

Posted by on August 16th, 2016

In 2009, FaceBase was launched in response to the need for more comprehensive analysis of craniofacial development: with so much craniofacial data being generated, there is a danger of relevant datasets being buried in the avalanche of genomic and other data. FaceBase is a curated, one-stop shop for facial development and research offering the community input and[…]

The People Behind the Papers #1

Posted by on August 16th, 2016

In this new series, we interview the people behind some of the most exciting recent papers in developmental biology and related fields, to give context to the work and find out how the story came together. To inaugurate the series, we start with a paper that came out recently in Cell, and uncovered a mechanism for how nuclear pore[…]

New DMDD embryonic-lethal mouse data now available

Posted by on August 15th, 2016

  This post was originally posted on the DMDD blog.   New embryonic-lethal knockout mouse lines are now available on the DMDD database. If you haven’t previously taken a look at our data (or even if you have) now would be a good time to explore our website.  We’ve added new embryo phenotype data and[…]

A new role of an insect steroid hormone: The link between mating and germline stem cells

Posted by on August 11th, 2016

Tomotsune Ameku, Ryusuke Niwa’s lab, University of Tsukuba, Japan.   Steroid hormones have crucial roles in regulating a broad range of biological processes in most multicellular organisms. They are produced in specialized endocrine organs and act as ligands for the nuclear receptor family of transcription factors. In mammals, sex steroid hormones, such as estrogen and[…]