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Wire together, remodel together

Posted by on November 15th, 2018

Newborn babies are a symbol of immense potential, as they can grow up to be become virtually anybody, from an astronaut to the president. It is no secret that throughout life, there are critical junctions in which specific events or decisions can direct us on one path or another. Such events occur in our brains;[…]

Sex combs in motion: using computer simulations and mathematical modeling to study the evolution of morphogenesis

Posted by on November 14th, 2018

Juan N. Malagon and Ernest Ho tell the story behind their recent paper in PLOS Computational Biology. In the Larsen lab, we are interested in testing a 50-year old question: How do sex combs rotate in fruit flies? Despite extensive studies of the process using 4D confocal microscopy, there remain many questions about the spatial and[…]

Alan Turing’s patterning system can explain the arrangement of shark scales

Posted by on November 7th, 2018

Understanding how complex biological patterns arise is a long standing and fascinating area of scientific research. The patterning, or spatial arrangement, of vertebrate skin appendages (such as feathers, hair and scales) has enabled diverse adaptations, allowing animals to both survive and thrive in varied and challenging environments. Such adaptations include temperature control of mammalian hair1[…]

Behind the scenes of Kicheva Lab

Posted by on November 7th, 2018

Every year our Institute (IST Austria) opens its doors to the public during an outreach event called Open Campus. Visitors can participate in demonstrations and guided tours of the labs while scientists explain their research. But how do you show a variety of different activities performed in the lab within a 20 min tour? We[…]

Call for new preLighters

Posted by on November 6th, 2018

preLights, The Company of Biologist’s new preprint highlighting service, has now been running for more than eight months. At the heart of preLights is the community of early-career researchers who select and highlight interesting preprints in various fields. As the service is building momentum, we are ready to grow our team of preLighters and are[…]

Translational science: drawing the line

Posted by on November 6th, 2018

Humankind has been researching and engineering for as long as we have existed. It was a matter of survival back then and it is still is nowadays. This long and involved process that spanned over several millennia has enabled civilisations to rise and fall. Thousands of years of science and scholarly traditions have led to[…]

October in preprints

Posted by on November 1st, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month we decided to reinstate our Plant Development section after a Twitter chat, and as it happened October had a glut of preprints covering all aspects of plant development. You’ll also find lots of regeneration (kidneys, colons, eyes, axons and whole colonial tunicates),[…]

Single cell ecology meeting

Posted by on October 30th, 2018

The Royal Society is organising the upcoming Single cell ecology meeting on 10-11 December 2018 in London, UK, on behalf of Professor Thomas Richards, Dr Ramon Massana and Professor Neil Hall. This will be an interdisciplinary meeting to explore the use of single cell technologies to understand the function, diversity and interactions of microbes. This[…]

1st Crick-Beddington Developmental Biology Symposium

Posted by on October 30th, 2018

The 1st Developmental Biology Symposium will take place at the Francis Crick Institute in London on 4-5 February 2019: https://www.crick.ac.uk/crick-beddington-symposium This two-day symposium will showcase the best in developmental biology across the life course. From embryogenesis through to ageing, areas of current excitement in the field will be highlighted by plenary talks from 15 internationally renowned speakers, along[…]