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Old and new: developmental biologists meet among the redwoods

Posted by on January 22nd, 2019

Aidan Maartens & Jordan Ward   The Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Conference happens every couple of years in UCSC’s beautiful campus, and is seen as a kind of West Coast Gordon Conference for the field. In August a hundred or so developmental biologists gathered for the 2018 version, organised by Bin Chen, Natasza Kurpios and[…]

Vilaiwan Fernandes: SCDB Young Investigator Award Winner

Posted by on January 22nd, 2019

Last year I was lucky enough to travel to California for the first time for the Santa Cruz Developmental Biology meeting – see the meeting report, written with Jordan Ward, here. At the meeting I was lucky enough to interview three amazing scientists, one of whom was Vilaiwan Fernandes, winner of the SCDB Young Investigator Award[…]

The people behind the papers – Dongbo Shi and Thomas Greb

Posted by on January 19th, 2019

This interview, the 56th in our series, was recently published in Development Radial growth in plants is driven by proliferating cells in the cambium that give rise to the vascular tissues of xylem and phloem, and increases plant girth. However, the identity and dynamics of the stem cells that drive this crucial process remain poorly understood. A[…]

The people behind the papers – Daniela Chavez and Gillian Stanfield

Posted by on January 18th, 2019

This interview, the 55th in our series, was published in Development last year Sperm development and differentiation are regulated by somatic cells and the extracellular signals they produce – often regulators of proteolysis. Premature or delayed differentiation can compromise fertility, and thus tight spatiotemporal control of the process is crucial. A paper in Development addresses how two secreted proteins[…]

Vitamin D: Integrating Environmental Cues into the Developmental Program

Posted by on January 17th, 2019

By Amie L. T. Romney and Jason E. Podrabsky from the Podrabsky Lab at The Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University     Environmentally-induced developmental plasticity provides an opportunity to explore one of the grand challenges of modern biology – identifying mechanisms that link genotype to phenotype. The annual killifish, Austrofundulus[…]

Genetics Unzipped – 004 – Witness the fitness

Posted by on January 17th, 2019

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, Kat Arney is reporting back from the Genetics Society’s Autumn meeting – Genotype to Phenotype to Fitness – asking whether street smart city-dwelling birds are genetically different from their country bumpkin relatives, how butterflies got their brightly patterned wings, and if today’s genetic research would have blown Darwin’s mind.[…]

The people behind the papers – Salome Stierli and Alison Lloyd

Posted by on January 17th, 2019

This interview, the 54th in our series, was published in Development last year In contrast to nerves in the central nervous system, peripheral nerves are highly regenerative following injury. Regeneration is critically dependent on Schwann cells, the main glial cell type of the peripheral nervous system, but whether an additional stem cell or progenitor population also contributes[…]

The people behind the papers – Vinh Ngoc Pham and Enamul Huq

Posted by on January 16th, 2019

This interview, the 53rd in our series, was published in Development last year The ability to sense and respond to light is fundamental to plant development. As seedlings move from the soil to the air, a switch in developmental program occurs to promote light capture and autotrophic growth. A paper in Development now provides a molecular analysis of the[…]

Developmental Biology GRC and GRS conference

Posted by on January 11th, 2019

Identity and Diversity: Developmental Biology from Molecules to Cells to Organisms Mt. Holyoke College, MA, USA June 16th-20th, 2019 (GRS June 15th-16th) https://www.grc.org/developmental-biology-conference/2019/ The 2019 Gordon Conference on Developmental Biology will present the most recent, cutting-edge research in the field. In keeping with this year’s theme of Identity and Diversity: Developmental Biology from Molecules to[…]