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Four Year (1+3) PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology & Medicine

Posted by on October 16th, 2018

Department/Location: Wellcome – MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Closing date: 4 January 2019 Interviews will be held: 30 January – 1 February 2019 Studentships starting October 2019 https://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/join-us/study Stem Cell Biology Stem cells are defined by the dual capacity to self-renew and to differentiate. These properties sustain homeostatic cell turnover in adult tissues and enable[…]

Make a difference: the alternative for p-values

Posted by on October 8th, 2018

Calculation and reporting of p-values is common in scientific publications and presentations (Cristea and Ioannidis, 2018). Usually, the p-value is calculated to decide whether two conditions, e.g. control and treatment, are different. Although a p-value can flag differences, it cannot quantify the difference itself (footnote 1). Therefore, p-values fail to answer a very relevant question:[…]

English Translation of Classic Paper in Animal Genetics

Posted by on October 4th, 2018

Soon after the rediscovery of Mendel’s laws of inheritance in plants, French scientist Lucien Cuénot published a paper in 1902, reporting his studies of the inheritance of pigmentation in the house mouse. Cuénot’s results showed that Mendel’s laws of inheritance also applied to animals. This is a fundamental paper in the field of genetics. The[…]

Why We Need More Women in Academia: An Undergraduate Interested in Developmental Biology

Posted by on August 28th, 2018

For some scientists, the decision to pursue a research career stems from a youthful curiosity for the natural world that gradually builds over many years. Whereas in others, there is single moment when they realize that their desired future involved research. My interest is a mix of both – I decided I was going to[…]

Five wonders of the Embryology Course 2018

Posted by on August 20th, 2018

Summer of 2018 will genuinely be the summer to remember for all 24 MBL embryology students. To me, the MBL embryology 2018 course was like a wonderland full of breath-taking experimental adventures, unexpected discoveries, scientific growth and madly passionate researchers. Thus, let me take you on a journey across the five wonders of this course.[…]

On the beauty and wonder of endless forms: a reflection on Embryology Course 2018

Posted by on August 16th, 2018

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being,[…]

Conference: Assisted Reproduction Technologies – long term perspectives

Posted by on August 9th, 2018

Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to invite you to attend the international conference: Assisted Reproduction Technologies – long term perspectives, that will take place in Auditorium Maximum of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, September 7-8, 2018. The program of the conference will include invited lectures, presentations of the latest research, many constructive discussions to share[…]

Showing distributions

Posted by on August 6th, 2018

When reading about co-evolution of prey and predators, I stumbled across a cute new plot type: a half boxplot, half dot plot to show data distributions.   Wilson used this plot to simultaneously visualize summaries about their data (center, spread) and the actual data points. This allows us, the audience, to learn a lot about[…]

Life changing experiences with Embryos

Posted by on July 18th, 2018

It’s hard to describe with words how my experience has been at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, but I’m going to give it a try… My attendance at the 2018 Embryology course at the MBL, has been possible thanks to an award I won in my home country, during the International[…]

A day in the life of a Capitella teleta lab

Posted by on July 10th, 2018

It’s undoubtedly the middle of summer here in Saint Augustine, Florida. Daily temperatures are soaring into the 90s, and we’re grateful if the humidity dips below 70%. Thankfully, the Seaver lab doesn’t have to contend with much of this heat. Instead, our members are inside, comfortable though busier than ever, mentoring summer interns, piloting new[…]