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Listen to DanStem podcast hosting James Briscoe

Posted by on June 12th, 2019

James Briscoe is a Group leader at the Francis Crick Institute in London, where he and his lab work on the development of the spinal chord using both molecular biology and mathematical modeling approaches. In this Podcast we talk about his science as well as the future directions he would like to take as the[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Up The Garden Path

Posted by on June 11th, 2019

Get lost in the Valley of Hybridisation in the Genetics Society’s medal-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Drinking alcohol even at conception damages placenta development

Posted by on June 10th, 2019

Press release from Development. You can also read the Research Highlight for this article. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy has been linked to poor growth of the placenta, causing conditions such as fetal growth restriction and low birth weight. Although most women cease drinking once they know they are pregnant, the effect of alcohol during the[…]

Learning developmental biology: a Chinese experience

Posted by on June 6th, 2019

Here we hear the experiences of three students who completed a developmental biology course in Zhiyuan College in Shanghai, as well as an introduction to the course by organiser Guojun Sheng   Zhiyuan College (https://zhiyuan.sjtu.edu.cn/articles/701) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (STJU) is an undergraduate talent-training program founded by then president Zhang Jie in 2010. Its philosophy[…]

Understanding Human Birth Defects in the Genomic Age – Early Career Places Available

Posted by on June 5th, 2019

The Company of Bioloists’ 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. The programmes are carefully developed and are intended to champion the novel techniques and innovations that will underpin important scientific advances. In November 2019, a Workshop on birth[…]

Collaboration: All the things we cannot see (alone).

Posted by on June 3rd, 2019

By Miriam Rosenberg and Suparna Ray Most of what we know about axial patterning in insects comes from decades of careful, beautiful work done in flies. Thanks to the genetic screens of Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus in the late 1970’s, we learned that distinct classes of genes, many of them transcription factors, act in[…]

May in preprints

Posted by on June 3rd, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month evo-devo is particularly well represented (from choanoflagellates to Portuguese men of war), and there’s a slew of single cell sequencing papers, lots on iPSC differentiation and some rooting around in our plant development section. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if[…]

A day in the life of a Termite lab

Posted by on May 31st, 2019

How do genes and their environment interact during development and evolution to generate phenotypic diversity? To answer these questions in the Miura lab, by focusing on diverse animal taxa, we are studying physiological and developmental mechanisms of phenotypic changes in animal life cycles in response to environmental shifts. By the way, I’m Kohei Oguchi, a[…]

‘Let your science guide you’ – DanStem podcast with Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith

Posted by on May 28th, 2019

‘Let your science guide you’ – An inspiring interview with Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith, a mammalian developmental geneticist. Professor Ferguson-Smith is the Head of the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. Professor Ferguson-Smith is an authority on genomic imprinting and the epigenetic control of genome function in health and disease, and is recognised for her work on parental-origin effects and epigenetic[…]