Shark embryo

A day in the life of a shark lab

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Full-term development of quail chick by ICSI

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Gone Fishing. Zebrafish Meeting 2014, Madison, WI.

PCR machine

What do you call your PCR machine?

About the Node

Welcome to the Node: the community site for and by developmental biologists.

The Node is a place for you to share news from the developmental biology community, to debate and discuss relevant topics, or just to see what’s new. Registered users can add their own posts to the front page, so if you have anything to share with the developmental biology community, sign up. If you need help using the Node, please visit the help section or the Introduction to the Node.

About Development and The Company of Biologists
The Node was launched in June 2010 by Development, a leading research journal in the field of developmental biology, and its publisher, The Company of Biologists, as a non-commercial information resource and community site for the developmental biology community. The Company of Biologists is itself a not-for-profit organization that publishes the three distinguished journals Development, Journal of Cell Science and The Journal of Experimental Biology. The Company also publishes two open access journals, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open. It financially supports the biological community by, for example, providing grants and travelling fellowships and by hosting workshops on biological areas of research.

Why “the Node”?
In networks such as social networks or computer networks, a node is a connection point. In biology, the node (for example, Hensen’s node in the chick and the primitive streak node in the mouse), is an important group of cells involved in patterning and coordinating the development of the head-to-tail axis of an early embryo. It’s the perfect name for a connection point for developmental biologists. You can download the Node logo here.


Who is behind the Node?


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Cat Vicente, the Node Community Manager.

Before working at the Node Cat did a PhD with Prof Jordan Raff at the University of Oxford, studying centrosome assembly in fruit flies.








Katherine Brown, Executive Editor of Development.

Katherine’s PhD and postdoctoral work focussed on retinal morphogenesis in Drosophila and then zebrafish. She then worked as a scientific editor at The EMBO Journal before joining Development in late 2011.






Seema Grewal, Reviews Editor at Development.

Before joining the journal in 2010, Seema carried out post-doctoral fellowships at the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge and at the University of Oxford. Her research focussed on preimplantation embryo development in mammals.







Caroline Hendry, Reviews Editor at Development

Before joining Development to cover the stem cells & regeneration field, Caroline was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof Ihor Lemischka at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

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