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FASEB 2017 BioArt Winners

Posted by on December 13th, 2017

Here at the Node we are always on the lookout for beautiful developmental biology images and videos, and love our science art (see here, here, here, here and here!). So we were excited to hear FASEB announce the winners of their 2017 BioArt competition.  As well as gorgeous images (see below) there was this wonderful video – the[…]

From stem cells to human development: registration now open!

Posted by on December 12th, 2017

  Development is delighted to announce the third in our highly successful series of events focussing on human developmental biology. Since the initiation of this series, in 2014, we have witnessed huge progress in this field, with more and more researchers turning to stem cell and organoid systems to investigate development and organogenesis in vitro, as[…]

How to win a conference prize

Posted by on December 11th, 2017

Or, at least, produce nice posters while trying. Students on average author 1-3 papers and produce at least three times that many conference posters***. At large meetings, such as the ASCB, thousands of posters are presented each year. While presenting posters is popular, posters sessions evoke mixed feelings: they are often late in the evening,[…]

Goodbye intern on the Node

Posted by on December 7th, 2017

Three months ago I did the unthinkable and moved to England, a strange haggis-free land. Starting my BBSRC PhD Internship (introductory post here) at the Node having left my Scottish lab was an amazing opportunity to get more involved with the dev bio community.   My main task while here was the day to day[…]

It’s in the head: How male and female fruit flies grow apart

Posted by on December 7th, 2017

A discussion of our recent paper: Annick Sawala & Alex P. Gould (2017). The sex of specific neurons controls female body growth in Drosophila. PLoS Biology, October 4 2017.   In the beginning… The story behind this study provides yet another example of where the pursuit of a few chance observations developed into an interesting project[…]

November in preprints

Posted by on December 5th, 2017

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. Let us know if we missed anything.   This month in preprint news – here at The Company of Biologists, set just outside Cambridge in the UK, we’re hiring a new ‘Preprints Community Manager’. You can find out more here. It’s a great opportunity to get in[…]

Exploring the differences between mice and men during cerebral cortex development

Posted by on December 5th, 2017

Alzu’bi A, Lindsay SJ, Harkin LF, McIntyre J, Lisgo SN, Clowry GJ (2017) The transcription factors COUP-TFI and COUP-TFII have distinct roles in arealisation and GABAergic interneuron specification in the early human fetal telencephalon. Cerebral Cortex 27: 4677-4690.   One author’s perspective on the origins of this study (Gavin Clowry)   For me the origins[…]

BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (21)

Posted by on December 5th, 2017

Established  by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]

BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (20)

Posted by on December 4th, 2017

Established  by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]