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‘Chromatin-based regulation of development’ – Early-career researcher places available

Posted by on October 15th, 2018

The Company of Biologists’ Workshops provide leading experts and early career scientists from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross fertilization of interdisciplinary ideas. The April 2019 Workshop looks a treat for fans of developmental gene regulation. Co-organised by Benoit Bruneau and Joanna Wysocka, ‘Chromatin-based regulation of development‘ will bring together scientists who[…]

The 29th Mammalian Genetics and Development Workshop

Posted by on October 9th, 2018

A meeting of the Genetics Society on 29th November 2018 at the UCL Institute of Child Health, London. Organisers: Nick Greene (UCL), Cynthia Andoniadou (KCL), Andy Copp (UCL) Abstract submission deadline: 5pm, 8th November   The Mammalian Genetics and Development Workshop is an annual meeting focusing on the development and genetics of mammals.  The Meeting is based[…]

Nikon Small World in Motion Competition – zebrafish development takes first place!

Posted by on October 4th, 2018

The winners of Nikon’s Small World in Motion 2018 Competition have just been announced, and overall first place has gone to a stunning developmental biology SPIM movie. Watch Elizabeth Haynes and Jiaye “Henry” He’s “Zebrafish embryo growing its elaborate sensory nervous system (visualized over 16 hours of development)“, and marvel!     Developmental biology also made[…]

September in preprints

Posted by on October 3rd, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  Another month, another net full of exciting science. Look out for WNT vampires, regenerating lampreys, polarising ctenophores, plus investigations into niche architecture, tissue mechanics and the dynamics of developmental signalling. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use[…]

Of mice and chicks…

Posted by on October 1st, 2018

This is the latest dispatch from a recipient of a Development Travelling Fellowship, funded by our publisher The Company of Biologists. Learn more about the scheme, including how to apply, here, and read more stories from the Fellows here.   Barbara Swierczek   I am a PhD student at the University of Warsaw in Poland. In[…]

Clone Wars: A New Model

Posted by on October 1st, 2018

From the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine blog.   Stem cell turnover and tissue maintenance is a stochastic process. This means that a randomly occurring mutation has an unknown chance of becoming fixed and spreading within a tissue. Clonal mutations have been observed in apparently healthy tissue, increase in frequency with age and –[…]

August in preprints

Posted by on September 3rd, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related/just plain cool) preprints.    This month we found a tonne of  papers dealing with various aspects of inheritance in worms, a flush of fly mechanics, and more single cell sequencing than you could shake a stick at. And as summer draws to a close, it’s raining[…]

The Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowships

Posted by on August 30th, 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 or currency equivalent 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[…]

July in preprints

Posted by on August 2nd, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related/just plain cool) preprints.    In one of the most contentious (at least on Twitter!) pieces of preprint news in July, Tom Sheldon, Senior Press Manager at the Science Media Center in London, voiced his concerns about the impact of preprints on public understanding of science[…]

Building the BSDB family network

Posted by on July 23rd, 2018

This year the British Society for Developmental Biology turned 70, and celebrated the milestone at its Spring meeting at Warwick (check out Twitter for some of the fun, and Andreas Prokop gave a great meeting report over on the BSDB page).     The great and the good of British developmental biology were in attendance,[…]