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drosophila.me – manage your fly stocks and crosses

Posted by on February 26th, 2016

Some time ago I wrote about a webpage I’ve created to manage genetic fly crosses. In that past post, I’ve promised a new version of the software, and I’m happy to announce it here. The software can be reached under the address http://drosophila.me. Many many things changed from the previous version, some features: User accounts[…]

Funded places available for the workshop ‘Metabolism in Development and Disease’

Posted by on February 26th, 2016

  Places are still available for early career scientists interested in attending The Company of Biologists workshop ‘Metabolism in Development and Disease’. This is a unique opportunity to interact with the leaders in this field in a small and informal meeting. Apply until the 16th of March! For more information follow this link. (No Ratings[…]

Eight post-doctoral and technical posts in the molecular endocrinology of bone and joint disease, Imperial College London

Posted by on February 25th, 2016

Professors Graham Williams and Duncan Bassett have 6 full-time posts (5 years each) and 2 shared appointments (with Dr Jacques Behmoaras, Medical Research Council, 4 years each) to fill. You will be joining an established laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment and a strong track record in molecular endocrinology. The lab is a founder member of the[…]

Mouse-human neural crest chimeras: Not only a matter of black and white

Posted by on February 25th, 2016

The neural crest arises between neural and non-neural ectoderm and represents a somatic cell type with unique properties of multipotency. The neural crest cells (NCCs) migrate throughout the body and differentiate into a diverse array of cell types and tissues including the peripheral nervous system, enteric and sensory nervous system, Schwann cells, skin melanocytes, as[…]

Moving proteins within living embryos using light

Posted by on February 24th, 2016

By Clare Buckley and Rachel Moore One of the things that we find most challenging about working with whole vertebrate organisms is how we can tie ourselves in knots trying to unpick the function of a single component within such an intricate and interconnected web of proteins and signalling cascades. All too often knocking out[…]

Postdoctoral position in mouse genetics and morphogenesis available at UCSF

Posted by on February 24th, 2016

A postdoctoral position is available to study the cellular basis of morphogenesis in vertebrate craniofacial development. This work will integrate mouse molecular genetic approaches with live cell imaging, cell biology and biochemistry to study signaling mechanisms in development, and how this signaling goes wrong in congenital disease (e.g. PLos Biology 2015 13(4): e1002122). The position[…]

Controlling development in a flash: optogenetic modulation of cell contractility during Drosophila morphogenesis

Posted by on February 24th, 2016

Morphogenesis, the shaping of tissues and organs, is driven by a series of events that proceed in a coordinated manner, both spatially and temporally. Such events include changes in cell shape, cell adhesion, and cell migration, which happen at a precise developmental stage in single cells or cell collectives. The detailed study of morphogenetic processes[…]

Question of the month- preprint servers

Posted by on February 24th, 2016

Last week saw ASAPbio, a meeting that discussed the role that preprints can play in the life sciences (for a an introduction to preprints check out this video or this wikipedia page).  Those of you on twitter will have followed the #ASAPbio discussion with interest,  and the footage of the conference is now available online. What is your experience:[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development- applications open!

Posted by on February 24th, 2016

  In 2014, Development organised a very successful meeting on how the use of stem cell technologies can inform our understanding of human development (you can read about it here or watch the movie below). The next edition of this meeting will take place in the USA this September and applications are now open! The deadline for[…]

Exciting and Frightening – Book review of GMO Sapiens by Paul Knoepfler

Posted by on February 23rd, 2016

ISBN 9789814678537 – 28USD/18GBP The idea of human germline genetic modification is too close for comfort right now. However, society in general does not seem to realise the proximity of this threat or the technical basis of this threat, making the publishing of Paul’s book ‘GMO Sapiens – The Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies’ timely.[…]