To uncover the mysteries of development, developmental biologists use an amazingly wide range of systems – from cells in culture to live mouse embryos, and from classical model organisms to unusual critters.
We read the papers and listen to the talks about the work using these organisms, but we only really know the details of the model we work with. So what does an axolotl eat? How do you get a frog to lay eggs? How do you make a transgenic Arabidopsis? Why do fly researchers always talk about collecting virgins?
‘A day in the life of…’ is a new series of posts that will aim to answer these and other questions by giving you an insider’s view of what is like to do developmental biology using different organisms. Our first post is a day in the life of a Xenopus lab, where postdoc Gary reveals the mysteries of doing research on frogs. In the next few months we hope to feature posts on ‘a day in the life of’ many other lab organisms, and we already have a few exciting articles lined up. However, with so many different organisms being used in labs around the world, we need your help! If you are interested in writing about what is like to do developmental biology in your model organism, why not drop us an email? It would be great to have your participation!
We hope you will enjoy this series! You can read all the posts so far here.