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This month on the Node: May

Posted by on May 31st, 2013

May was another busy month on the Node, with a combination of research, publishing and Node news, in addition to several job posts. One very exciting news was that the Node has a new community manager! You can learn more about Cat on her introductory post and you can always contact her with suggestions and comments. Woods Hole[…]

COB Workshop: Evolution of the human neocortex

Posted by on May 30th, 2013

The Company of Biologists is hosting a workshop entitled “Evolution of the neocortex: how unique are we?“. This  promises to be an exciting event, discussing brain evolution and the unique features of the human cortex. The 3-day workshop is part of a successful series of small, intimate meetings hosted by the Company. Each event has[…]

The SDB-BSDB Interview Chain: the Node interviews Aditya Saxena

Posted by on May 30th, 2013

At the last BSDB meeting Adi was the winner of the BSDB poster prize. Unfortunately John Young – the winner of the last SDB poster prize – was unable to interview him, so The Node interviewed Adi on this occasion.   The Node: In which lab do you work and how long have you been[…]

Stem Cells and Regeneration from Development

Posted by on May 29th, 2013

As regular readers of the Node and Development will know, we at the journal are keen to emphasise the close links between the developmental biology and stem cell fields. As our ex-Editor in Chief Jim Smith put it so succinctly during his recent Waddington Medal talk at the BSDB/ BSCB meeting, stem cell science can[…]

Development at the ISSCR

Posted by on May 29th, 2013

Given the launch of our new “Stem Cells & Regeneration” site, as well as the release of our Special Issue, Development is particularly excited to be attending the upcoming ISSCR meeting in Boston next month. Our new reviews editor, Caroline Hendry, and I (the journal’s Executive Editor), will both be attending the meeting, as will our[…]

Gone today, hair tomorrow? Changes in dermal papilla cell number drive hair thinning and loss.

Posted by on May 28th, 2013

  Over the course of a lifetime, each hair follicle makes a series of new hairs, temporarily ceasing hair production before beginning again anew.  This has focused attention on the epithelial stem cells that periodically renew the follicle and regenerate the progenitor cells that form the hair shaft.  Between the cachet of stem cells and[…]

Development and DORA

Posted by on May 28th, 2013

Following on from last week’s post about the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, Development has now published an editorial about the topic. For those interested, I’m re-posting (a slightly edited version of) the text of that editorial here – this outlines our stance on the Declaration and explains how we are complying with the[…]

Pint of science- science in the pub

Posted by on May 24th, 2013

The pub is a quintessential British institution. It is the place where you meet your friends, have a drink with lab mates on a Friday night, and go for lunch when your family visits. But is not normally thought of as a place to hear about cool science. A group of scientists in the UK[…]

Literary Paper Openings

Posted by on May 24th, 2013

What would a paper be like if it started with the opening line of a famous book? Since yesterday Twitter has been buzzing with answers to that question! We have storified some of the tweets below, but the discussion is still up and running, so why not follow the hashtag #LiteraryPaperOpenings? [View the story “Literary[…]

From science to art- an interview with sculptor Briony Marshall

Posted by on May 23rd, 2013

Briony Marshall is a London-based sculptor and installation artist. Initially interested in science, Briony studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. After her undergraduate studies she moved on to art and sculpture, but her beautiful pieces have a strong scientific inspiration. Her first solo exhibition is currently at the Pangolin London Sculpture Gallery, and includes[…]