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The 12 GIFs of Christmas

Posted by on December 21st, 2018

Over on Twitter we’ve been having fun with our third instalment of the 12 GIFs of Christmas. For those not on Twitter, here are the GIFs – they represent some of the most cutting edge and inventive developmental biology of 2018, and also showcase the beauty of timelapse microscopy.   Transcription overlaid onto the rapid[…]

Our 2018 highlights

Posted by on December 20th, 2018

2018 was a fun year on the Node, with a continued diversity of posts, more jobs than ever and our highest number of readers since our launch (regularly breaking the 30k page views per month barrier). Good vibes, and a good time to celebrate our most-read from the year, which includes three posts on statistics[…]

Post Doctoral Associate in the Rieger Lab

Posted by on December 18th, 2018

The Rieger lab is searching for a postdoctoral scholar in the Biology Department at the University of Miami. The postdoctoral scholar will be working on mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy using primarily zebrafish as a model system. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a side effect of chemotherapy that affects 60-70% of patients for which currently no[…]

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[…]