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2017 CSHL Cell and Developmental Biology of Xenopus/SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Posted by on October 21st, 2016

29 March – 11 April 2017 Cold Spring Harbor Lab Xenopus course: Xenopus is remarkable for modeling human diseases including birth defects, cancer, and stem cell biology. Xenopus has and continues to make a major impact in our understanding of cell and developmental biology. Students are encouraged to target their own genes of interest using CRISPR technology and[…]

BSDB Autumn Meeting

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

The 2016 BSDB Autumn meeting under the topic of ‘chimaeras and their use in studying  developmental processes and disease models’ was organised by Jenny Nichols and Tristan Rodriguez. It took place on 28-30 August in The Pollock Halls at the University of Edinburgh and was sponsored by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and The[…]

Spotlight on Rat: Translational Impact – a new DMM Special Collection

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

Disease Models & Mechanisms is pleased to announce the launch of a new Special Collection named Spotlight on Rat: Translational Impact. The rat is a key model for basic and preclinical studies of physiology, pharmacology, toxicology and neuroscience, underlining its importance in studies of human disease. There are many reasons for its suitability as a[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 143, Issue 20)

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

Here are the highlights from the new issue of Development:   Glucocorticoid and STAT3: tipping the balance in the lung The epithelial cells found at the distal tips of the developing lung comprise a multipotent progenitor population. During development, these cells first give rise to bronchiolar cells, which form the conducting airways, but then switch[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development, Southbridge, 2016. Mini report.

Posted by on October 12th, 2016

Two years ago, Development held a meeting on the emerging field of stem cells and human development. In announcing the meeting, the organisers described a knowledge gap:   “Strikingly, although we understand intimate details of the development of a broad range of vertebrate and invertebrate species, we know almost nothing about the development of the[…]

From our sister journals – September 2016

Posted by on October 7th, 2016

Here we highlight some developmental biology related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists. Moran Neuhof, Michael Levin and Oded Rechavi explored the relationship between regeneration and inheritance in planaria    Ryo Nozu and colleagues provide evidence for lipid histotrophy in great white shark reproduction from a shark accidentally caught by fishermen in Okinawa.  […]

This month on the Node

Posted by on October 6th, 2016

September was notable for the amount of new jobs posted, from Kansas to Copenhagen to King’s College London, and PhD to tenure-track. Check out our jobs page for the latest opportunities. In case you missed them, here are some of our other monthly highlights:   Research   Rui Monteiro and Tomasz Dobrzycki told us about where[…]

September in preprints

Posted by on October 5th, 2016

Our monthly trawl for preprints from developmental biology and related research. Previous posts can be found here.    Preprints roll on, and this month’s selection is a reminder of how developmental biology is based on a variety of model organisms. We’ve got two investigations into zebrafish mesoderm from Deborah Yelon’s lab, quite a bit of cell mechanics (in zebrafish, fly and[…]

New phenotype screen examines causes of neonatal death

Posted by on October 4th, 2016

This post first appeared on Annotations, the DMDD blog ( Around a third of targeted gene knockouts in mice are embryonic-lethal. But not all deaths occur during gestation – a significant number of gene knockouts result in death at or shortly after the time of birth. Mice from these knockout lines provide a valuable animal[…]