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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,[…]

Evo-chromo: towards an integrative approach of chromatin dynamics across eukaryotes

Posted by on July 18th, 2018

***Deadline to apply for funded ECR places is July 20!***   In November, the Company of Biologists is hosting the latest in its series of Workshops. ‘Evo-chromo’ aims to integrate skills and interests of the fields of chromatin biology and evolutionary biology – if you are an early career researcher and this all sounds appealing[…]

Differentiating cells mechanically limit progenitor cells’ interkinetic nuclear migration to secure apical cytogenesis

Posted by on July 17th, 2018

Press release for Yuto Watanabe, Takumi Kawaue and Takaki Miyata‘s new Development paper   Key Points Developing brains use a mechanism like the Otoshi-buta (the drop lid), a kitchen wisdom. Differentiating cells in embryonic cerebral walls form a dense filter-like layer to mechanically barrier nuclei of neural stem cells. Loss of this barrier or fence results in[…]

NC3Rs 2019 Funding Highlight Notice Launch

Posted by on July 13th, 2018

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) is running a workshop bringing together rodent and non-mammalian model organism users, facilitating research partnerships and encouraging the development of new and innovative applications of non-mammalian organisms.     There will be an opportunity to: Hear from rodent and non-mammalian model organism users. Learn[…]

June in preprints

Posted by on July 4th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related) preprints! This month we found a tranche of preprints getting deep into the mechanics of fly development, a clutch on organoids (retinal, cerebral, cortical!), an investigation into the role of gender in scientific collaboration, and a veritable zoo in our evo-devo section – from[…]

From stem cells to human development: Meeting reporter competition winner!

Posted by on June 29th, 2018

In May we ran a competition to find a meeting reporter for Development’s upcoming meeting on human development and stem cells. We had some wonderful entries from across the field, and are delighted today to announce the winner: Antonio Barral Gil, a PhD student in Miguel Manzanares’ Lab at CNIC (The Spanish Center for Cardiac Research) in[…]

Embryonic-Extraembryonic Interactions: from Genetics to Environment

Posted by on June 28th, 2018

The BSDB’s Autumn Meeting, to be held in Oxford this September, is the third in a series of international workshops on the extraembryonic-embryonic interface, bringing together researchers that address this topic through a wide array of approaches in diverse research organisms. This diversity of approaches is reflected by the organisers – Kat Hadjantonakis, Kristen Panfilio, Tristan Rodriguez, Susana Chuva[…]

Editorial: Advocating developmental biology

Posted by on June 27th, 2018

This editorial by Aidan Maartens, Andreas Prokop, Katherine Brown and Olivier Pourquié originally appeared in Development   Developmental biology is a discipline with a long and rich history, a vibrant and diverse present, and a future of tremendous potential. The field has had enormous impact beyond its own boundaries, for example providing many key concepts for medical research and[…]

Call for papers: Development at the single cell level

Posted by on June 14th, 2018

Development is pleased to welcome submissions for an upcoming special issue on ‘Development at the single cell level’. This special issue aims to showcase the best research in stem cell and developmental biology, building on the rapidly evolving tools of single cell analysis. The issue will be guest-edited by Allon Klein and Barbara Treutlein, working alongside our team of[…]