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Imaging by computer and drawing by hand

Posted by on March 19th, 2019

An artist and a cultural historian of science visiting the European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) Gemma Anderson (University of Exeter) and Janina Wellmann (MECS, Leuphana University Lüneburg) Since Steve Woolgar’s and Bruno Latour’s study Laboratory Life was published in 1979 it has become part of the repertoire of STS scholars and anthropologists to visit the[…]

Preprints and science news – how can they co-exist? A meeting summary

Posted by on February 25th, 2019

Mate Palfy & Gautam Dey   In the summer of 2018, two commentaries from the Science Media Center (an open letter from Chief Executive Fiona Fox and a ‘World View’ in Nature news by Senior Press Manager Tom Sheldon) voiced concerns about how preprints in the life sciences could pose a potential threat to science[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast – 006 – Big Fat Failure

Posted by on February 23rd, 2019

In this episode we’re looking at the genetics of failure – why we fail to lose weight thanks to our genes, and why ignoring genetic information and DNA diversity leads to billions of dollars being wasted on drugs that don’t work. Cambridge University neuroscientist Giles Yeo talks about his new book, Gene Eating: The science[…]

Improving the visibility of developmental biology: time for induction and specification

Posted by on February 6th, 2019

This Spotlight article by Len Zon originally appeared in Development as part of our ‘Advocating developmental biology‘ campaign. We’d love to hear what you think about Len’s ideas. Developmental biology is a prominent field that has captured the imagination of many scientists. Over the years, research in the area has seen a steady number of[…]

Experimenting with non-anonymous peer review

Posted by on February 3rd, 2019

Last year, I started to experiment with signing my reports for peer review of manuscripts, inspired by other people on twitter (@kaymtye, @AndrewPlested who in turn were inspired by Leslie Voshall). This year, the experiment is a bit different. I will only review for journals that allow non-anonymous peer-review. Why? That was the question raised[…]

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[…]

Translational science: drawing the line

Posted by on November 6th, 2018

Humankind has been researching and engineering for as long as we have existed. It was a matter of survival back then and it is still is nowadays. This long and involved process that spanned over several millennia has enabled civilisations to rise and fall. Thousands of years of science and scholarly traditions have led to[…]

Single cell ecology meeting

Posted by on October 30th, 2018

The Royal Society is organising the upcoming Single cell ecology meeting on 10-11 December 2018 in London, UK, on behalf of Professor Thomas Richards, Dr Ramon Massana and Professor Neil Hall. This will be an interdisciplinary meeting to explore the use of single cell technologies to understand the function, diversity and interactions of microbes. This[…]

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[…]

Revisiting an old puzzle with high-resolution, three-dimensional eyes

Posted by on September 19th, 2018

Sha Wang, Deborah Gumucio This article shares the story behind our recent Developmental Cell paper. It tells the history of this project and how three-dimensional (3D) observations at the individual cell level transformed our preconceived ideas and brought new insights into cell dynamics in the proliferative intestinal epithelium.   Epithelial tubes are present in many[…]