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Surprise findings turn up the temperature on the study of vernalization

Posted by on February 15th, 2019

Press Release from the John Innes Centre (link) New evidence has emerged about the agriculturally important process of vernalization in a development that could help farmers deal with financially damaging weather fluctuations.     Vernalization is the process by which plants require prolonged exposure to cold temperature before they transition from the vegetative state to[…]

CRISPR babies: a view from the centre of the storm

Posted by on February 8th, 2019

This article by Robin Lovell-Badge, published this week in Development, gives a front-row view of the CRISPR babies scandal from last year. When the story broke, we collated reactions from the field – be sure to check them out too.  Towards the end of November 2018, news broke that the Chinese researcher He Jiankui had[…]

Scientific Coordinator in Epigenetics at Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU)

Posted by on February 7th, 2019

  Epigenetics research is central to understanding environment-genome interactions, which in turn is fundamental to advancing environmental health research, the key focus area of Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU). The strength and unique nature of epigenetics research conducted at HMGU is its broad range of research areas such as cellular plasticity and stem cell research, diabetes[…]

Funded places for early-career researchers at a Company of Biologists Workshop in July

Posted by on February 7th, 2019

This summer, the Company of Biologists, the not-for-profit publisher of Development, is running a Workshop on ‘New frontiers in the brain: unexpected roles of the choroid plexus-cerebrospinal fluid system in health and disease‘, organised by Fiona Doetsch and Maria K. Lehtinen. It will cover various bases, many of which intersect with developmental biology: 1. Choroid[…]

Improving the visibility of developmental biology: time for induction and specification

Posted by on February 6th, 2019

This Spotlight article by Len Zon originally appeared in Development as part of our ‘Advocating developmental biology‘ campaign. We’d love to hear what you think about Len’s ideas. Developmental biology is a prominent field that has captured the imagination of many scientists. Over the years, research in the area has seen a steady number of[…]

January in preprints

Posted by on February 1st, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  January was notable for the number of preprints on Xenopus development, plus a trio on Piezo channels, two on ctenophores, and a preprint on preprints that has also been preLighted (very meta). The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use[…]

Your chance to organise a Company of Biologists Workshop

Posted by on January 31st, 2019

The Company of Biologists, as well as publishing Development and four other journals and offering travel and conference grants, runs a successful series of Workshops. The Workshops provide leading experts and early career scientists from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas. The programmes are carefully developed[…]

Old and new: developmental biologists meet among the redwoods

Posted by on January 22nd, 2019

Aidan Maartens & Jordan Ward   The Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Conference happens every couple of years in UCSC’s beautiful campus, and is seen as a kind of West Coast Gordon Conference for the field. In August a hundred or so developmental biologists gathered for the 2018 version, organised by Bin Chen, Natasza Kurpios and[…]

Scientific Copy Editor: biomedical and life science journals (maternity cover position)

Posted by on January 15th, 2019

The Company of Biologists (biologists.com) is looking to recruit an experienced Scientific Copy Editor to work across our portfolio of five life-science journals. This temporary position is expected to last for up to a year (starting March 2019). The role entails copyediting articles to a high standard, compiling author corrections, overseeing the journal production process, and[…]

December in preprints

Posted by on January 3rd, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  December’s haul includes a succession of preprints on Drosophila patterning (embryos, wings, brains and intestines), single cell investigations into the neural crest, hair cells, spinal cord and retina, a comparison of  primate brain organoids, and plant development covered from root to shoot. The preprints[…]