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Gene Regulatory Networks for Development Course – apply by 17 July

Posted by on July 11th, 2019

Applications are now open for this year’s Gene Regulatory Networks for Development at The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, USA from October 13-26.  The application deadline is July 17th. The course is for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, staff scientists and faculty members. It focuses on using experimental data and computational modeling to analyze gene regulatory networks controlling development.[…]

Funded early career places at Company of Biologists Workshop ‘Understanding Human Birth Defects in the Genomic Age’

Posted by on July 9th, 2019

The Company of Biologists Workshops provide leading experts and early-career researchers from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas. In November, experts will gather in the beautiful surroundings of Wiston House in West Sussex with the aim of ‘Understanding Human Birth Defects in the Genomic Age‘. Organised[…]

The people behind the papers – Eduardo Leyva-Díaz and Oliver Hobert

Posted by on July 9th, 2019

This interview, the 66th in our series, was recently published in Development Transcriptional autoregulation occurs when transcription factors bind their own cis-regulatory sequences, ensuring their own continuous expression along with expression of other targets. During development, continued expression of identity-specifying transcription factors can be achieved by autoregulation, but until now formal evidence for a developmental requirement of autoregulation[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Interview with Paul Nurse

Posted by on July 9th, 2019

In this episode we’re celebrating the Genetics Society’s centenary with past president and Nobel laureate, Sir Paul Nurse.

Fundraising for Suzanne Eaton search effort

Posted by on July 8th, 2019

Update: please read the latest statement from the MPI-CBG https://www.mpi-cbg.de/news-events/latest-news/article/news/statement-on-the-tragic-demise-of-suzanne-eaton/ Our thoughts are with Suzanne’s family, friends and colleagues.       Suzanne Eaton, the molecular and developmental biologist based at the MPI-CBG in Dresden, is currently missing on the island of Crete (see the MPI’s statement and recent NBC news story for details). The search team[…]

June in preprints

Posted by on July 5th, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  Another big haul this month covering everything from great ape cerebral organoids to collectively contracting choanoflagellates, the genes that control iris development to the signals and forces making boundaries in the hindbrain. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and[…]

Regenerating human retinal ganglion cells in the dish to inform glaucoma treatment

Posted by on July 4th, 2019

You can also read the Research Highlight for this press released article. The capacity of the human central nervous system to regenerate after injury or illness is limited, and the resulting functional impairments carry a vast societal and personal burden. In glaucoma, degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) – the axons of which form the[…]

Laboratory and lecture course by top-notch Developmental Biologists in Quintay-Chile (January 2020) for Latin American and International applicants

Posted by on July 4th, 2019

This new version of the Quintay2020 course is organized with the collaboration of the Marine Biology Laboratory (MBL, Woods Hole, USA). We invite students to submit their application before the deadline (31st July 2019). At the end of the Quintay2020 course, the two best students will receive a prize, which consists in a place to[…]

The 2019 North of England Cell Biology Forum

Posted by on July 2nd, 2019

This annual 1-day symposium brings together cell biologists from the North of England. There is a full day of talks and a poster session where junior scientists are encouraged to present their work. PhD students and post-docs are invited to apply for oral and/or poster presentations; prizes will be awarded on the day. Date: Thursday,[…]