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YEN Conference 2018: Abstract submission and registration is open!

Posted by on April 11th, 2018

***Abstract Deadline is Saturday, 14th April!*** Young Embryologist Network Conference 2018 14th May 2018 The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK   This year we are pleased to announce Professor Wolf Reik as our keynote speaker. His research group, based at the Babraham Institute, investigates the roles of epigenetic gene regulation in mammalian development. We are also honoured to[…]

When the obvious fails, look at the unexpected: interneuron individual behavior affects the population migration.

Posted by on March 19th, 2018

The story behind our paper: Cell-Intrinsic Control of Interneuron Migration Drives Cortical Morphogenesis. Carla G. Silva, Elise Peyre, Mohit H. Adhikari, Sylvia Tielens, Sebastian Tanco, Petra Van Damme, Lorenza Magno, Nathalie Krusy, Gulistan Agirman, Maria M. Magiera, Nicoletta Kessaris, Brigitte Malgrange, Annie Andrieux, Carsten Janke, Laurent Nguyen   The research behind this article is a[…]

Why more is better in comparative developmental biology…

Posted by on January 26th, 2018

Our recent paper in “Nature” [1] deconstructs molecular arguments that have been used to homologize bilaterian nerve cords. Our work illustrates well the strength of the comparative approach and the broad sampling across the animal tree of life that we use in my research group at the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology.   Evo-Devo[…]

Explaining Developmental Biology to non-specialists

Posted by on January 24th, 2018

The BSDB recently initiated an advocacy campaign, starting with (1) the gradual development of the best arguments that can be used as elevator pitches in discussions, presentations, applications or publications, and (2) the collation of support resources which were first published on the BSDB website and are now present in improved version on The Node.[…]

Matthew Cobb: What makes great biology?

Posted by on January 19th, 2018

Prof. Matthew Cobb (The University of Manchester) Plenary talk given at the School of Biological Sciences symposium on Friday, 12 January 2018 Matthew Cobb is an inspiring advocate and communicator of science, in particular of biology. This is clearly reflected in his books and articles about the history of biology (and beyond), and his various[…]

Developmental biology: ‘not a confined, specified discipline’?

Posted by on January 10th, 2018

Catching up after the holidays, I finally got around to reading Scott Gilbert‘s recently published essay in PloS Biology. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the essay proposes that developmental biology is ‘the stem cell of biological disciplines’, and that many other areas of biology – such as cell biology, genetics, immunology, oncology and[…]

Synthetic Human Embryology: The Rise of A New Era with New Collaborations

Posted by on January 9th, 2018

— A look behind the paper “A pluripotent stem cell-based model for post-implantation human amniotic sac development“   Early stages of human embryo development are vital for successful pregnancy and the health of the embryo. Abnormal early development often causes infertility as well as various birth defects. Despite its scientific and clinical importance, early development[…]

It’s in the head: How male and female fruit flies grow apart

Posted by on December 7th, 2017

A discussion of our recent paper: Annick Sawala & Alex P. Gould (2017). The sex of specific neurons controls female body growth in Drosophila. PLoS Biology, October 4 2017.   In the beginning… The story behind this study provides yet another example of where the pursuit of a few chance observations developed into an interesting project[…]

On Growth and Form at 100: Perspectives from the field

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

What explains the lasting legacy of D’Arcy Thompson’s ‘On Growth and Form’? A century on from the publication of the first issue, we reached out to authors from Development’s special issue celebrating the centenary and asked what the book meant to them.     Arkhat Abzhanov Natural History Museum (London) & Imperial College London “There are[…]

On Growth and Form at 100: Morphogenesis one century after On Growth and Form

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

This editorial by Thomas Lecuit and  L. Mahadevan originally appeared in Development’s Special Issue: On Growth and Form – 100 Years On     Morphogenesis, the study of how forms arise in biology, has attracted scientists for aeons. A century ago, D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson crystallized this question in his opus On Growth and Formusing a series[…]