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Honouring developmental biology

Posted by on January 12th, 2017

The New Year’s honours list recognises citizens who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. This year three prominent developmental and stem cell biologists were honoured, putting our field in the national news. The Development team were especially happy that two of the newly honoured researchers have connections to the[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development: video and gallery

Posted by on January 11th, 2017

In September 2016, Development held its second meeting dedicated to human development. You can read about the meeting in a review by April Craft and Matthew Johnson in this week’s issue, and a less formal mini-report on the Node in October.   The Development team also did some filming, asking participants about their views on what made the[…]

A Place where ECM biology and lymphangiogenesis flow together

Posted by on January 9th, 2017

This is the latest dispatch from a recipient of a Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowship. Learn more about the scheme, including how to apply, here, and read more stories from the Fellows here. Nanami Morooka     It was spring in 2015 when I first met Dr. Stefan Schulte-Merker in Osaka, Japan. There, it became[…]

The fly reveals a new signal involved in limb growth

Posted by on January 9th, 2017

Researchers at IRB Barcelona identify a fundamental role of the JAK/STAT signalling pathway in the development and growth regulation of limbs in Drosophila. Published in Nature Communications, the study paves the way to research into the function of this pathway in vertebrate development and its possible involvement in human congenital diseases.   Many of the[…]

December in preprints

Posted by on January 6th, 2017

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. See June’s introductory post for background, and let us know if we missed anything   2016 saw preprints in the life sciences really taking off…   bioRxiv ends the year on a high pic.twitter.com/D8nm136oYF — Richard Sever (@cshperspectives) January 3, 2017   …and, perhaps in light[…]

A day in the life of a mayfly lab

Posted by on January 5th, 2017

I am Isabel Almudi, a postdoctoral researcher in Fernando Casares’ lab, at the Andalusian Centre for Developmental Biology (CABD) in Seville, Spain. In the lab we are focused on studying the control of organ size and identity during development and evolution.     The lab uses the development of insect eyes to investigate the mechanisms[…]

The home of the implanting embryo: A 3D perspective

Posted by on January 5th, 2017

Comment on “Insights from imaging the implanting embryo and the uterine environment in three dimensions”, Arora et al, Development 143(24):4749-4754 (2016).   More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates (460-377BC) and Aristotle (384-322BC) described the human uterus as a series of chambers with a lining of tentacles or suckers. They believed that blood vessels connected the breast[…]

The people behind the papers #10

Posted by on January 4th, 2017

The tenth paper featured in this series comes from the first issue of Development for 2017, and uses computational modelling to investigate the importance of different cellular processes in spiral cleavage of the early embryo. We caught up with the paper’s first author Miguel Brun-Usan and Isaac Salazar-Ciudad, group leader at the University of Helsinki[…]

The times they are a-changin’

Posted by on January 3rd, 2017

This Editorial originally appeared in Development, Volume 144, Issue 1 Olivier Pourquie   The past 15 years have witnessed major evolutions in the field of developmental biology – in imaging technology, genome editing, development of new ‘model’ systems and many other areas. Much of the action in our domain is now taking place in the stem[…]