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The Young Embryologist Network Conference 2019: Meeting Summary

Posted by on May 24th, 2019

Since the Young Embryologist Network (YEN) was established in 2008, its annual conference grows from strength to strength, and thanks to the introduction of travel grants in 2017, the YEN meeting now welcomes an international delegation of attendees studying a variety of developmental problems. YEN conferences are special because they organised by early career researchers[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The Seeds of a Great Idea

Posted by on May 23rd, 2019

We take the train with William Bateson, seek the secrets of snapdragons and build an army of MinIONs.

The people behind the papers – Li-Juan Duan and Guo-Hua Fong

Posted by on May 23rd, 2019

This interview, the 62nd in our series, was recently published in Development Vascular development critically involves pruning, which helps to remodel an immature network containing excess microvessels into a mature and functioning one. The mechanisms of vascular remodelling and the relationship between the endothelial cells and the other cell types with which they are closely associated are,[…]

Calendar competition – And the winners are…

Posted by on May 20th, 2019

With over 10,000 votes cast, almost 6,000 people viewing the galleries and a new record for daily page views on the Node, we can now announce the winners of our inaugural calendar competition. We were blown away by the quality of the entries – 62 images of all kinds of cells, tissues and embryos. Check[…]

The alchemy of an inspiring conference: a workshop reflection

Posted by on May 15th, 2019

This blog post is a reflection on the Company of Biologists-organized workshop on Chromatin-Based Regulation of Development that I recently attended at Wiston House, located in the countryside of Sussex in the UK.   Wiston House, Steyning, UK   To my mind, this workshop was the ideal of what a meeting should be. As a[…]

How the snail’s shell got its coil

Posted by on May 14th, 2019

Researchers from the Tokyo University of Science, Japan, have used CRISPR gene editing technology to make snails with shells that coil the ‘wrong’ way, providing insights into the fundamental basis of left-right asymmetry in animals. These findings were recently published in Development. If you look at a snail’s shell, the chances are it will coil[…]

the Node Calendar competition – vote here, vote now!

Posted by on May 14th, 2019

*Voting is closed and winners have been announced!*   Our call for images to fill our 2019-20 calendar was met with an amazing response – 62 entries showcasing the diverse beauty of developmental biology. Now it’s time for you vote for the 12 that will make it into print. Because we want a range of[…]

Echoes of “Chromatin-Based Regulation of Development” workshop OR “to TAD or not to TAD”?

Posted by on May 14th, 2019

The non-profit publishing groups can make a real difference The very best part of being a scientist is cracking mysteries of the universe and what is in it. The second best thing about this profession, in my opinion, is being part of a scientific community. Conversations, conferences, workshops, collaborations, networking, support and constant inspiration from[…]

Meeting report of the Cambridge Fly Club Symposium – Past, Present and Future of Drosophila Research

Posted by on May 10th, 2019

By Ghislain Gillard, Maria J. Gomez Lamarca, Robert Krautz, Rosa Park, David Salvador-Garcia, Yara Sanchez-Corrales and Jelle van den Ameele   On the 28th of January, the Cambridge Fly Club held its very first Symposium in the beautiful environment of Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK. This meeting, titled “Past, Present and Future of Drosophila research” was[…]