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December in preprints

Posted by on January 6th, 2017

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. See June’s introductory post for background, and let us know if we missed anything   2016 saw preprints in the life sciences really taking off…   bioRxiv ends the year on a high pic.twitter.com/D8nm136oYF — Richard Sever (@cshperspectives) January 3, 2017   …and, perhaps in light[…]

The times they are a-changin’

Posted by on January 3rd, 2017

This Editorial originally appeared in Development, Volume 144, Issue 1 Olivier Pourquie   The past 15 years have witnessed major evolutions in the field of developmental biology – in imaging technology, genome editing, development of new ‘model’ systems and many other areas. Much of the action in our domain is now taking place in the stem[…]

the Node in 2016

Posted by on December 23rd, 2016

2016 will live in infamy for many reasons, but perhaps we can seek a little catharsis in science, and in some of the wonderful developmental biology that the Node has  promoted this year.     This end of year roundup comes in two sections – the top 20 most read posts, and then some of[…]

The 12 GIFs of Christmas

Posted by on December 23rd, 2016

To celebrate the Yuletide, we put together the 12 Development GIFs of Christmas on Twitter, a celebration of the beauty and breadth of developmental biology in endless hypnotic loops that you could watch for ages.   Happy GIFmas!   🎄1/12 @Dev_Journal GIFs of Christmas🎄SPIM #zebrafish, from Bassi, et al. https://t.co/36Kl6A72Ow pic.twitter.com/8NIO1M9t3j — the Node (@the_Node)[…]

Vote for your favourite Development cover, 2016

Posted by on December 19th, 2016

*Winner announced!* With over 200 votes counted, the cover of Development’s Special Issue on Plant Development has won the voter’s favourite cover for 2016! The fruit bat came second, and in joint third the fly nervous system and the fly legs. A fitting variety of model organisms for a great year in developmental biology!    […]

An interview with Doug Melton

Posted by on December 15th, 2016

This interview by Aidan Maartens first appeared in Development Volume 143, Issue 24.   Doug Melton is Xander University Professor at Harvard University, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. His lab investigates the development of the pancreas, and uses insights from this process to direct the production[…]

This month on the Node and beyond

Posted by on December 5th, 2016

November turned out to be  a bumper month on the Node with posts on research (current and historical), meetings and new resources, as well as interviews and a meeting report. Plus some beautiful science-inspired art. Here are some of our highlights, as well as our pick of the best of the web this month.   Research, resources, and[…]

From our sister journals – November 2016

Posted by on December 2nd, 2016

Here we highlight some developmental biology related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists.   Chisato Kitazawa and colleagues uncover diversity in the morphological changes of early embryogenesis in closely related sea urchin species.   Ben Steventon and colleagues describe how crainial placode formation in Xenopus involves directional and persistent cell movements   Also using Xenopus, Karl[…]

November in preprints

Posted by on December 2nd, 2016

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. See June’s introductory post for background, and let us know if we missed anything   This month, we found preprints covering various aspects of plant growth and patterning, a lot of cell biology – including insights into microtubules organisation, RNA localisation and yeast size control –[…]

An interview with David McClay

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

This interview by Aidan Maartens first appeared in Development Volume 143, Issue 23.   David McClay is the Arthur S. Pearse Professor of Biology at Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, North Carolina. His lab works on the transcriptional control of morphogenesis in the sea urchin embryo. We caught up with David at[…]