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Forgotten classics: Making a monotreme

Posted by on October 17th, 2017

T. Thomson Flynn and J.P. Hill. 1939. The Development of the Monotrema – Part IV. Growth of the Ovarian Ovum, Maturation, Fertilisation and Early Cleavage. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, 24, 445-623. T. Thomson Flynn and J.P. Hill. 1947. The Development of the Monotrema – Part VI. The Later Stages of Cleavage and[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 144, Issue 20)

Posted by on October 17th, 2017

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Sequencing sheds light on human spermatogenesis In order to produce sperm, progenitor germ cells in the testes must undergo mitosis, meiosis, differentiation, and alter their chromatin structure to give rise to functional gametes. Much of our knowledge about how this complex process is controlled[…]

2018 JDB Travel Award

Posted by on October 11th, 2017

  The Journal of Developmental Biology are inviting applications for the 2018 JDB Travel Award. The award is for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to attend a conference of their choice in 2018). The award will consist of 800 CHF (Swiss Francs), and nominations must be in by 15/10/17 Find out more on the JDB[…]

SDB Puerto Rico Research Relief Grant

Posted by on October 6th, 2017

Reposted from the SDB’s website   The Society for Developmental Biology is deeply concerned about the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria to the laboratories of our colleagues in Puerto Rico. In order to facilitate the continuation of research programs in those labs or at another temporary host location, SDB is offering relief grants[…]

An interview with Jayaraj Rajagopal

Posted by on October 5th, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens appeared in Development, Vol 144 Issue 19   Jayaraj (Jay) Rajagopal is a Principal Investigator at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar, his lab works on the development and regeneration of[…]

September in preprints

Posted by on October 3rd, 2017

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. See last year’s introductory post for background, and let us know if we missed anything.   This month features butterfly eyespots, brain development in vivo and in silico, lots on cell commitment in embryos and dishes, a diverse selection of modelling preprints, and, right at the end in our ‘Why[…]

An interview with George Daley

Posted by on September 22nd, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens appeared in Development, Vol 144 Issue 18 George Daley is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, and Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and President of the International Society for Stem Cell[…]

August in preprints

Posted by on September 4th, 2017

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. See last year’s introductory post for background, and let us know if we missed anything It all went very meta this month with Matthew Cobb’s PeerJ preprint about a forgotten experiment in preprints from the 1960s. The story was highlighted in Science, a journal, Cobb explains, whose editor disparaged the[…]

In Development this Week (Vol. 144, Issue 17)

Posted by on August 29th, 2017

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   AdamTS-A keeps the CNS in shape The Drosophila central nervous system (CNS) is covered by a thick basement membrane that mediates interactions with glial cells and governs the shape of the tissue. Basement membranes are formed from a meshwork of secreted extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and must be[…]

An interview with Jenny Nichols

Posted by on August 17th, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens originally appeared in Development, Volume 143, Issue 16. Jennifer Nichols is a Principal Investigator at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her lab works on lineage segregation and the establishment of pluripotency in the mammalian embryo. In 2017 she was[…]