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Decoding reprogramming

Posted by on February 28th, 2014

When it comes to stem cell biology, there have been very few topics as fascinating and popular as cell reprogramming, the most famous reprogramming experiment being the one of Dolly the sheep. In stem cell biology, reprogramming refers to the concept of taking a fully specialized cell in the body and manipulating it in order[…]

Of worms and (wo)men: reflections on the ‘Life Fantastic’ CHRISTMAS LECTURES 2013

Posted by on February 27th, 2014

On receiving an e-mail from the Royal Institution back in March 2013 inviting me to submit a proposal for the delivery of the CHRISTMAS LECTURES, my first reaction was to delete it! My rough mental calculations, taking into account my usual day jobs of Principal Investigator, University Lecturer, College Tutor, Dean and Mother of two[…]

Meeting Report- First joint meeting of the French Society of Developmental Biology (SFBD) and of the Network of Functional Studies in Model Organisms (EFOR)

Posted by on February 27th, 2014

The 1st joint meeting between the French Society of Developmental Biology (SFBD) and the network of functional studies in model organisms (EFOR) took place in Paris between the 10th and the 13th of February 2014. Over the first two days, topics discussed mainly dealt with the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the spatio-temporal control of[…]

MySciCareer – first-person stories about science careers

Posted by on February 27th, 2014

It’s been a while since I last wrote on the Node, but I have something to share that ties in to a project I started while I was still the Node’s community manager. In 2011 I commissioned a series of career posts, where people in a variety of different non-research post-PhD careers all described how[…]

GUDMAP – an online resource for genitourinary research

Posted by on February 26th, 2014

GUDMAP (Harding et al., 2011, McMahon et al., 2008) is an open-access atlas-based on-line resource developed by a consortium of laboratories to provide the scientific and medical community with resources to facilitate research and teaching focussed on the murine genitourinary (GU) system. Gene expression data, descriptors of new mouse lines, and other tools can be[…]

the Node at the CSHL conference on Avian Model Systems

Posted by on February 25th, 2014

The Node is on the road again! Next week, from the 5th to the 8th of March, Cold Spring Habor Laboratories will be hosting a conference on Avian Model Systems, and the Node will be there! Are you attending this meeting? Then say hello to Cat, our community manager, who would love to hear your[…]

On the origins of species-specific size

Posted by on February 25th, 2014

by Jennifer L. Fish and Richard A. Schneider   “For every type of animal there is a most convenient size, and a large change in size inevitably carries with it a change of form.” Haldane 1926.   As articulated most eloquently by Haldane (1926) in his classic essay on “Being the Right Size”, every animal[…]

The covers of Development

Posted by on February 24th, 2014

Here at Development we are very proud of our covers. Over the years we have featured many beautiful images, showcasing different model organisms and techniques and including a few unusual choices! Most of these images were submitted by our authors, but some of the most recent ones were voted by you here on the Node.[…]

A day in the life of a butterfly lab

Posted by on February 21st, 2014

Hello! I’m Leila, a finishing PhD student in Patrícia Beldade’s lab at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal. We work on different topics within Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Evo-Devo, with the common interest on how development contributes to intra- and inter-specific variation and can influence evolutionary processes: developmental hierarchies (me), developmental plasticity, and the origin of[…]

5-year Post-doctoral Fellowship to study planar polarity and tissue morphogenesis at the Crick.

Posted by on February 20th, 2014

A 5-year Wellcome Trust funded position is available in the lab of Dr Barry Thompson to study planar polarity and tissue morphogenesis. The lab will move to the new Francis Crick Institute in summer next year, which will be an exciting environment for multidisciplinary science. For more information: www.crick.ac.uk http://www.london-research-institute.org.uk/research/barry-thompson email: barry.thompson@cancer.org.uk (No Ratings Yet)[…]