the community site for developmental biologists

Displaying posts in the category: Discussion [Clear Filter]

Question of the month- PhD internships

Posted by on September 28th, 2015

There is an increased awareness that only a small fraction of PhD students will ultimately secure a tenure-track position in academia. This has led to a discussion on whether graduate schools have a responsibility to help PhD students prepare for a career outside academia, either by providing training on a broader range of transferable skills, or simply by[…]

PLM10: the Physics of Living Matter is coming of age

Posted by on September 27th, 2015

This week, Cambridge (UK) hosted the 10th Symposium on the Physics of Living Matter (PLM10) ( For those of us who were at PLM1, it is surprising to see that what was (and remains) a grass roots organized event, persists. In some ways it is a tribute and an example that a community can be[…]

Editorial- Human development: a Special Issue

Posted by on September 22nd, 2015

This editorial first appeared in Development.   In September 2014, Development organised a four-day workshop titled ‘From Stem Cells to Human Development’. In planning this meeting, we sought to fill what we saw as a gap in the meeting calendar – a way of bringing together a diverse cross-section of researchers with a common interest[…]

Mole’s Comedia I. Inferno. Canto 1–19.

Posted by on September 16th, 2015

This Sticky Wicket article first featured in Journal of Cell Science. Read other articles and cartoons of Mole & Friends here.     Text translated from the Italian. I think. With profound apologies to Dante Alighieri (D.A.)   Midway (or more? I hope not) on the journey of my independent career I found myself in a[…]

The (developmental) biologist’s reading list

Posted by on September 11th, 2015

When starting a PhD or a postdoc you are often given a list (or pile) of papers to read- the essentials to get an overview of the history and recent developments in a new field. However, there is a lot to learn from books as well. Some books can give you a broad overview of[…]

Mole- So now you have your own lab! Part V- The plan

Posted by on September 2nd, 2015

This cartoon was first published in the Journal of Cell Science. Read other articles and cartoons of Mole & Friends here.     Part I- ‘The imposter’ Part II- ‘The teaching monster’ Part III- ‘The Pact’ Part IV- ‘The fit’ (+1 rating, 1 votes) Loading…

The case of philanthropy: bringing scientists and philanthropic donors together, for good

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

This editorial by Olivia Flatto was first published in Disease Models & Mechanisms.   Wealth is not new. Neither is charity. But the idea of using private wealth imaginatively, constructively, and systematically to attack the fundamental problems of mankind is new.” – John Gardner   Philanthropy, derived from private wealth, stands unique as a vital source of[…]

Question of the month- peer review

Posted by on August 27th, 2015

This week the BioMedCentral blog put together a quiz to test how good you are at assessing the best course of action when faced with tricky peer review scenarios. These scenarios make for a fun exercise, but similar situations can and are encountered by you when invited to review manuscripts. However (like many other tasks that are asked from researchers)[…]

On progressing your career and communicating your science- Advice from the SDB meeting

Posted by on August 17th, 2015

Last month I attended the SDB annual meeting in Utah, an excellent conference that featured great scientific talks and additional educative sessions covering outreach, inclusiveness and more. I tweeted extensively from the Node’s twitter account, but as many of the readers of the Node are not on twitter, I realised that you may have missed out[…]

The importance of indifference in scientific research

Posted by on August 3rd, 2015

This essay by Martin Schwartz was originally published in the Journal of Cell Science.   Current issues regarding scientific ethics have focused for the most part on regulations governing research and publication. I suggest that the internal process by which we separate self interest from the scientific process is a crucial and neglected part of training.[…]