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November in preprints

Posted by on December 4th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month’s haul includes a potful of plant development, new ways to mend broken hearts, an Alexa in the lab, and three preprints from Development’s recently appointed Editor Cassandra Extavour. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use[…]

The reported birth of CRISPR-edited humans: reactions from the field

Posted by on November 29th, 2018

One scientific story has dominated the news this week: the first report of CRISPR-edited human babies being born. In an associated Node post, we’ve collected the most useful links we could find surrounding the story, and here we reached out to members of the community for their perspectives. Some responses are hopefully still coming in[…]

The reported birth of CRISPR-edited humans: useful links

Posted by on November 29th, 2018

One scientific story has dominated the news this week: the first report of CRISPR-edited human babies being born. The story’s scientific and ethical aspects stirred up heated debate, as did its means of delivery: rather than a published paper, the story broke with reports of clinical trial documents and then a YouTube video from lead[…]

Immature Cells Zap Around Before Settling Down

Posted by on November 28th, 2018

The story is based on the paper Mechanosignalling via integrins directs fate decisions of pancreatic progenitors, published in Nature, 28 November 2018 Stem cells are already being used in combating previously untreatable diseases. Nevertheless, stem cells are not delivering their full potential because the production of specific cell types from stem cells cannot yet be managed. Researchers[…]

A scientific face for the fifty

Posted by on November 28th, 2018

Here at The Company of Biologists we’ve been debating the Bank of England’s decision to put a scientist on their new £50 note (the highest denomination note in England). The scientist must be deceased (only the Queen can grace notes while still alive) and ‘have shaped thought, innovation, leadership or values in the UK’. Each of[…]

Opening the doors of scientific conferences to local citizens

Posted by on November 28th, 2018

Regular meetings of scientists such as annual society conferences can create opportunities for scientists to engage the public without extensive effort, making connections between scientists and public audiences. Under the umbrella of a specific topic, events can be created to engage local communities with international researchers and foster forums for discussion of specific areas of[…]

MSc/PhD and postdoc positions available in the Zaidel-Bar lab, Tel-Aviv University

Posted by on November 27th, 2018

MSc/PhD and postdoc positions available in the Zaidel-Bar Cellular and Tissue Morphogenesis Lab. We study the regulation of the cytoskeleton from single proteins to the entire organism and system levels, using multiple approaches (including bioinformatics, genetics, biochemistry and live imaging) to understand how cells and tissues change shape, move, sense, and generate forces (for more[…]

The people behind the papers evolves into print

Posted by on November 22nd, 2018

For the last two years, our interview series ‘The people behind the papers‘ has showcased the faces of developmental biology, and we’re excited to announce that the series will now also be printed in Development. The first ‘paper’ interview is with Chaitanya Dingare and Virginie Lecaudey, first and last authors of a paper reporting a surprising[…]

Postdoctoral position in bioinformatics/developmental neurobiology

Posted by on November 21st, 2018

A postdoctoral position is available for an initial period of 2 years at the “Stem Cell and Brain Research Institute” ( in the lab of Dr. Olivier Raineteau. The project follows two recent studies from the team demonstrating transcriptional heterogeneity of postnatal neural progenitors (Donega et al., Cell Report, 2018), and their amenability to pharmacological[…]

Travelling Fellowships from The Company of Biologists: Deadline approaching!

Posted by on November 20th, 2018

The Company of Biologists’ journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms – offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £2,500 to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses. There is no restriction on nationality. They really[…]