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A fine balance: tuning adult neurogenesis in the freshwater planarian

Posted by on January 12th, 2017

Comment on “Neuronal sources of hedgehog modulate neurogenesis in the adult planarian brain”, eLife 2016;5:e19735. Currie et al., eLife (2016)   Ko W. Currie, Cellular Neurobiology, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM), Montreal, QC Alyssa M. Molinaro, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON Bret J. Pearson, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON   To say[…]

Research technician position available jointly at the Laboratory of Zebrafish Developmental Genomics and the Laboratory of Mitochondrial Biogenesis – Warsaw

Posted by on January 12th, 2017

The Laboratory of Zebrafish Developmental Genomics headed by Cecilia L. Winata and the Laboratory of Mitochondrial Biogenesis headed by Agnieszka Chacinska at the International Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology ,Warsaw jointly invite application from motivated and talented individuals for the position of ‘Research technician’. The selected candidate will be working on the project titled[…]

Honouring developmental biology

Posted by on January 12th, 2017

The New Year’s honours list recognises citizens who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. This year three prominent developmental and stem cell biologists were honoured, putting our field in the national news. The Development team were especially happy that two of the newly honoured researchers have connections to the[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development: video and gallery

Posted by on January 11th, 2017

In September 2016, Development held its second meeting dedicated to human development. You can read about the meeting in a review by April Craft and Matthew Johnson in this week’s issue, and a less formal mini-report on the Node in October.   The Development team also did some filming, asking participants about their views on what made the[…]

Principal Technician

Posted by on January 9th, 2017

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Salary: £34,956-£46,924 Reference: PS11107 Closing date: 08 February 2017 Applications are invited for the position of Principal Technician to the Wellcome-MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. The post holder will work closely with the Department of Haematology as both prepare to move together into a[…]

A Place where ECM biology and lymphangiogenesis flow together

Posted by on January 9th, 2017

This is the latest dispatch from a recipient of a Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowship. Learn more about the scheme, including how to apply, here, and read more stories from the Fellows here. Nanami Morooka     It was spring in 2015 when I first met Dr. Stefan Schulte-Merker in Osaka, Japan. There, it became[…]

The fly reveals a new signal involved in limb growth

Posted by on January 9th, 2017

Researchers at IRB Barcelona identify a fundamental role of the JAK/STAT signalling pathway in the development and growth regulation of limbs in Drosophila. Published in Nature Communications, the study paves the way to research into the function of this pathway in vertebrate development and its possible involvement in human congenital diseases.   Many of the[…]

December in preprints

Posted by on January 6th, 2017

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. See June’s introductory post for background, and let us know if we missed anything   2016 saw preprints in the life sciences really taking off…   bioRxiv ends the year on a high pic.twitter.com/D8nm136oYF — Richard Sever (@cshperspectives) January 3, 2017   …and, perhaps in light[…]

A day in the life of a mayfly lab

Posted by on January 5th, 2017

I am Isabel Almudi, a postdoctoral researcher in Fernando Casares’ lab, at the Andalusian Centre for Developmental Biology (CABD) in Seville, Spain. In the lab we are focused on studying the control of organ size and identity during development and evolution.     The lab uses the development of insect eyes to investigate the mechanisms[…]

The home of the implanting embryo: A 3D perspective

Posted by on January 5th, 2017

Comment on “Insights from imaging the implanting embryo and the uterine environment in three dimensions”, Arora et al, Development 143(24):4749-4754 (2016).   More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates (460-377BC) and Aristotle (384-322BC) described the human uterus as a series of chambers with a lining of tentacles or suckers. They believed that blood vessels connected the breast[…]