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Talking about Science using Comics: A Stem Cell example

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

  “A Stem Cell Adventure” is a comic book about stem cell research, and resulted from a project on science outreach carried out by several researchers at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal (www.cnbc.pt), and funded by the COMPETE Program and the Portuguese science communication agency (Ciência Viva).[…]

The case of philanthropy: bringing scientists and philanthropic donors together, for good

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

This editorial by Olivia Flatto was first published in Disease Models & Mechanisms.   Wealth is not new. Neither is charity. But the idea of using private wealth imaginatively, constructively, and systematically to attack the fundamental problems of mankind is new.” – John Gardner   Philanthropy, derived from private wealth, stands unique as a vital source of[…]

Tumour suppressor genes curb growth in neighbouring cells

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

The healthy development of an organism depends on its tissues and organs growing to the right size, stopping when they need to, and maintaining stability in their form and function. Correct development depends on the availability of nutrients to the cells in their environment, a process that is tightly controlled by signalling mechanisms that occur[…]

Question of the month- peer review

Posted by on August 27th, 2015

This week the BioMedCentral blog put together a quiz to test how good you are at assessing the best course of action when faced with tricky peer review scenarios. These scenarios make for a fun exercise, but similar situations can and are encountered by you when invited to review manuscripts. However (like many other tasks that are asked from researchers)[…]

Development: Special Issue on Plant Development

Posted by on August 27th, 2015

Development is planning a Special Issue on Plant Development – in memory of Ian Sussex, one of the founding fathers of the plant developmental biology field. Ian passed away earlier this year (you can read more about his life in this Obituary, recently published in Developmental Biology), but his legacy lives on in his work and[…]

From our sister journals- August 2015

Posted by on August 24th, 2015

Here is some developmental biology related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists.         Deducing the stage of origin of Wilms tumours from a developmental series of Wt1 mutants Wilms’ tumours, paediatric kidney cancers, are the archetypal example of tumours caused through the disruption of normal development. In this[…]

Key protein in cilia assembly identified

Posted by on August 21st, 2015

The group led by ICREA Research Professor Cayetano Gonzalez at IRB Barcelona, in collaboration with the group of Professor Giuliano Callaini from the University of Siena in Italy, has published a new study in Current Biology that contributes to understanding how cilia are assembled. Many cells in our bodies present a small structure that looks[…]

Useful databases and resources for developmental biologists

Posted by on August 20th, 2015

As you may have noticed, as part of our recent redesign we created a new Resources section on the site, which you can access via the menu bar. Within this section we have created three pages with links to websites that you may find useful:   – Societies: links to national and international developmental biology societies – Databases[…]

Meeting Report: Pan-Am Evo-Devo’s first meeting

Posted by on August 19th, 2015

The inaugural meeting of the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology took place from August 5th–9th at the Clark Kerr campus of UC Berkley, USA. Registration was full, with nearly 350 attendees, and excitement was in the air. An established researcher, Tamara Franz-Odendaal (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada), and a graduate student, Allison Edgar (Duke[…]