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How a cell becomes a giant: a fluctuation-driven patterning mechanism

Posted by on March 22nd, 2017

Heather M. Meyer1, José Teles2, and Pau Formosa-Jordan2   1 Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology and the graduate field of Genetics, Genomics, and Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853 USA 2 Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1LR, UK   Comment on: Heather M. Meyer*, José Teles*, Pau Formosa-Jordan*, Yassin Refahi, Rita[…]

Using RNA sequencing to understand real-world embryos

Posted by on March 22nd, 2017

Comment on “Novel adverse outcome pathways revealed by chemical genetics in a developing marine fish” eLife 6 (2017) Elin Sørhus, John P Incardona, Tomasz Furmanek, Giles W Goetz, Nathaniel L Scholz, Sonnich Meier, Rolf B Edvardsen, Sissel Jentoft Institute of Marine Research, Norway Northwest Fisheries Science Center, USA University of Oslo, Norway   Crude oil[…]

A day in the life of a larval-microbe lab

Posted by on March 21st, 2017

Hello, my name is Tyler Carrier and I am a second year PhD student in the laboratory of Adam Reitzel at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Broadly speaking, this laboratory focuses on the ecology, evolution, and development of marine invertebrates and their life history stages. The basis of this work uses echinoderms and[…]

The people behind the papers #16

Posted by on March 15th, 2017

The use of organoids – which can be defined as artificially grown masses of cells or tissue that resemble organs – in basic and clinical research has snowballed in recent years, providing insight into fundamental developmental processes and disease etiology. Today’s paper comes from the new Special Issue of Development devoted entirely to organoids, and reports the use of human[…]

On Growth and Form conference – Call for Papers

Posted by on March 14th, 2017

ON GROWTH AND FORM CENTENARY CONFERENCE 13-14 October 2017 University of Dundee and University of St Andrews 2017 marks 100 years since the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s landmark book On Growth and Form. To mark the occasion, a two-day interdisciplinary conference is being organised at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, where D’Arcy spent[…]

Choosing Sides: Two steps in establishing the polarisation vector in algal zygotes

Posted by on March 14th, 2017

Comment on “Two-step cell polarization in algal zygotes”, Nature Plants, 3, 16221, (2017). Department of Biology, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 S8, 9000 Ghent, Belgium VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Technologiepark 927, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University, Technologiepark 927, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium   Complex multicellular life has evolved from[…]

Register for Cellular Dynamics: Membrane-Cytoskeleton Interface meeting by 21st of March!

Posted by on March 14th, 2017

The deadline for applications for this exciting meeting is approaching fast. For more information, or to apply, click here. Organisers: Michael Way, Elizabeth Chen, Margaret Gardel and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz Date: 21 – 24 May 2017 Location: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Massachusetts, USA Speakers: Anna Akhmanova (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) Daniel Billadeau (Mayo Clinic, USA)[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 144, Issue 6) – SPECIAL ISSUE ON ORGANOIDS

Posted by on March 14th, 2017

The current issue of Development – our Special Issue on Organoids – features a collection of review- and research-based articles focusing on organoids. Here are some of the highlights. Happy reading (and thanks to everyone who contributed)!   Organoids: a Special Issue In her Editorial, Melissa Little provides an overview of the entire contents of the[…]

Organelle Assembly in Vivo: The Love-Hate Relationship of Thermodynamic and Active Processes

Posted by on March 6th, 2017

Comment on ”Independent active and thermodynamic processes govern nucleolus assembly in vivo”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114 (6), 1335-1340, (2017). Hanieh Falahati, Lewis–Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University. Eric Wieschaus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University.   The whole universe is moving toward disorder; this is the[…]