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November in preprints

Posted by on December 4th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month’s haul includes a potful of plant development, new ways to mend broken hearts, an Alexa in the lab, and three preprints from Development’s recently appointed Editor Cassandra Extavour. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use[…]

The reported birth of CRISPR-edited humans: reactions from the field

Posted by on November 29th, 2018

One scientific story has dominated the news this week: the first report of CRISPR-edited human babies being born. In an associated Node post, we’ve collected the most useful links we could find surrounding the story, and here we reached out to members of the community for their perspectives. Some responses are hopefully still coming in[…]

The reported birth of CRISPR-edited humans: useful links

Posted by on November 29th, 2018

One scientific story has dominated the news this week: the first report of CRISPR-edited human babies being born. The story’s scientific and ethical aspects stirred up heated debate, as did its means of delivery: rather than a published paper, the story broke with reports of clinical trial documents and then a YouTube video from lead[…]

A scientific face for the fifty

Posted by on November 28th, 2018

Here at The Company of Biologists we’ve been debating the Bank of England’s decision to put a scientist on their new £50 note (the highest denomination note in England). The scientist must be deceased (only the Queen can grace notes while still alive) and ‘have shaped thought, innovation, leadership or values in the UK’. Each of[…]

The people behind the papers evolves into print

Posted by on November 22nd, 2018

For the last two years, our interview series ‘The people behind the papers‘ has showcased the faces of developmental biology, and we’re excited to announce that the series will now also be printed in Development. The first ‘paper’ interview is with Chaitanya Dingare and Virginie Lecaudey, first and last authors of a paper reporting a surprising[…]

Travelling Fellowships from The Company of Biologists: Deadline approaching!

Posted by on November 20th, 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 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 nationality. They really[…]

Chromatin-based regulation of development: Funded early-career places available

Posted by on November 19th, 2018

In April 2019, The Company of Biologists Workshop ‘Chromatin-based regulation of development‘ will be held in Wiston House, a 16th century Grade I listed building located at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex. Organised by Benoit Bruneau and Joanna Wysocka, the workshop will foster discussion of what mechanisms related to chromatin biology are informing[…]

From stem cells to human development: Meeting report

Posted by on November 15th, 2018

In  September, Development held the third of its highly successful series of meetings focusing on human developmental biology. Here at the Node we ran a competition to find a meeting reporter who would share their experiences of the meeting in exchange for free registration. Competition winner Antonio Barral Gil, a PhD student in Miguel Manzanares’ Lab at[…]

October in preprints

Posted by on November 1st, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month we decided to reinstate our Plant Development section after a Twitter chat, and as it happened October had a glut of preprints covering all aspects of plant development. You’ll also find lots of regeneration (kidneys, colons, eyes, axons and whole colonial tunicates),[…]

Zebrafish knock-ins swim into the mainstream

Posted by on October 25th, 2018

This Editorial by Sergey Prykhozhij and Jason Berman originally appeared in Disease Models and Mechanisms, an online Open Access sister journal to Development focusing on the use of model systems to better understand, diagnose and treat human disease. The Editorial focuses on three new papers on point mutant knock ins in zebrafish, and will thus be of interest[…]