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A key component of cell division comes to light

Posted by on June 30th, 2014

Jens Lüders leads the Microtubule Organization laboratory (Photo: Battista/Minocri, IRB Barcelona)  “la Caixa” PhD student Nicolas Lecland is the first author of the study published in Nature Cell Biology (Photo: Battista/Minocri, IRB Barcelona) A breakthrough at IRB Barcelona fills a knowledge gap in understanding how the cell division apparatus, the mitotic spindle, is formed. The[…]

StemCellTalks sends high school bloggers to the ISSCR pt. 2

Posted by on June 26th, 2014

StemCellTalks is a Canadian high school stem cell outreach initiative that has been running in 7 cities in Canada since 2010. The program has featured over 50 stem cell “experts” during this time, involved the participation of over 500 gradute student volunteers and reached over 5000 grade 11/12 students. This year, sponsored by Stem Cell Network and Let’s Talk Science,[…]

PhD position on Drosophila intestinal homeostasis in Cardiff

Posted by on June 25th, 2014

the JQ lab is looking for candidates for one 3-year PhD studentship to work on the regulation of intestinal stem cell neutral competition during the homeostasis of the Drosophila adult intestine, at the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, Cardiff University. Please note deadline is 11 July 2014. Details, application link and poster: http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=55561  […]

Obituary: Julian Hart Lewis (1946-2014)

Posted by on June 25th, 2014

This obituary first appeared in Development.   Paul Martin and David Ish-Horowicz look back on the life and work of their long-time friend and colleague Julian Lewis, who passed away on April 30th 2014.   Julian Lewis made unique contributions to several areas of cell, developmental and theoretical biology. He combined a formidable intellect and mathematical training with experimental dexterity[…]

A day in the life of a Platynereis dumerilii lab

Posted by on June 25th, 2014

Hello! I am Maggie Pruitt, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA – think middle America or fields upon fields). I work in Dr. Stephan Schneider’s evo-devo laboratory, and my work mostly focuses on studying components of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway during early[…]

StemCellTalks sends high school bloggers to the ISSCR!

Posted by on June 24th, 2014

StemCellTalks is a Canadian high school stem cell outreach initiative that has been running in 7 cities in Canada since 2010. The program has featured over 50 stem cell “experts” during this time, involved the participation of over 500 gradute student volunteers and reached over 5000 grade 11/12 students. This year, sponsored by Stem Cell Network[…]

On segmentation

Posted by on June 24th, 2014

‘Increasing knowledge leads to triumphant loss of clarity’ ‘The study of segmentation: that way leads only to madness’ Alfred Romer (1894 – 1973), Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology and Professor of Biology, Harvard University   Some problems in biology excite such interest as to become symptomatic of a field. This is true, I[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 13)

Posted by on June 24th, 2014

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Eye’s got rhythm In zebrafish, the circadian clock, which is the internal timekeeper that coordinates multiple cellular, physiological and behavioural processes with the external rhythmic environment, begins cycling very early in development. However, the functional relevance for embryonic and larval development of these early[…]

MBL Embryology: Perspectives from a teaching assistant

Posted by on June 23rd, 2014

This year will mark the 6th year since I have been assisting in the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) course in Embryology. Each year I am excited at the prospect of meeting students and postdocs from around the world, as well as the outstanding faculty and old friends that offer their time to continue a long[…]

The colon has a safety mechanism that restricts tumour formation

Posted by on June 23rd, 2014

When adenomas appear in the colon, the same cells of the tissue produce a molecule that neutralizes its progression. Adenomas, which are highly prevalent in the population, provide the substrate on which carcinomas develop.   Barcelona, Monday 23 June 2014.- Colon cancer development starts with the formation of benign tumours called adenomas. It is estimated[…]