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Development Special Issue: Chromatin and Epigenetics

Posted by on March 14th, 2019

Development invites you to submit your latest research for our upcoming special issue: Chromatin and Epigenetics. This issue will be coordinated by several of our Academic Editors who are experts in this field: Benoit Bruneau, Haruhiko Koseki, Susan Strome and Maria Elena Torres-Padilla. Recent years have seen huge advances in our understanding of how DNA and histone modifications, chromatin[…]

The people behind the papers – Sungwook Choi

Posted by on March 13th, 2019

This interview, the 59th in our series, was recently published in Development The control of timing in development is crucial, both within and between tissues. Heterochrony involves shifts in the rate of development of some tissues relative to others, and although the first heterochronic genes were identified in Caenorhabditis elegans in the early 1980s, their role in inter-tissue developmental[…]

Obituary: Jarema Malicki (1965-2019)

Posted by on March 6th, 2019

This obituary by Colin Johnson recently appeared in Development. Jarema Malicki, a pioneer in developmental studies of the vertebrate retina, died on 4th January 2019, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Here, I reflect on Jarema’s life and work, with a particular focus on his research interests in zebrafish as a model organism for vertebrate[…]

Reflections on the ‘Evo-chromo’ Workshop (November 2018)

Posted by on March 5th, 2019

Alexander Blackwell and James Gahan   At the beginning of November 2018, thirty researchers congregated at Wiston House to attend a workshop titled ‘Evo-chromo: towards an integrative approach of chromatin dynamics across eukaryotes’. The workshop was organised by Frederic Berger (Gregor Mendel Institute) and Ines Anna Drinnenberg (Institut Curie), and was the 27th workshop hosted[…]

February in preprints

Posted by on March 4th, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  February was notable for the amount of neural development, from retina to cortex and fly to fish. We also found butterfly wings, human segmentation, a plenitude of of plants and sequenced genomes for komodo dragons, parasitic wasps, copepods and one celebrity cat. The preprints[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast – Supermodels of science

Posted by on February 28th, 2019

 In this episode from our series exploring 100 ideas in genetics, we’re entering the glamorous world of modelling, meeting the supermodels… of science. We’re taking a look at some of the field’s top models – the eclectic collection of organisms that have been put to work in the lab to reveal the secrets of biology.[…]

The people behind the papers – Elena Popa and Abigail Tucker

Posted by on February 28th, 2019

This interview, the 58th in our series, was recently published in Development While many vertebrates have multiple sets of teeth over their lifetime, some, like humans, have just a single set of replacement teeth (diphydonty), while others, like mice, manage with a single set (monophydonty). This diversity raises both evolutionary questions – how did different tooth[…]

Preprints and science news – how can they co-exist? A meeting summary

Posted by on February 25th, 2019

Mate Palfy & Gautam Dey   In the summer of 2018, two commentaries from the Science Media Center (an open letter from Chief Executive Fiona Fox and a ‘World View’ in Nature news by Senior Press Manager Tom Sheldon) voiced concerns about how preprints in the life sciences could pose a potential threat to science[…]

Community Manager, Microscopy Resource Site

Posted by on February 25th, 2019

Journal of Cell Science and its publisher, The Company of Biologists, are seeking to appoint a Community Manager, based in Cambridge, UK, to run a new microscopy resource website. An extensive consultation told us that the microscopy community would welcome a trusted, curated and centralised site to connect people, resources and information. Our exciting new[…]