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Learning developmental biology: a Chinese experience

Posted by on June 6th, 2019

Here we hear the experiences of three students who completed a developmental biology course in Zhiyuan College in Shanghai, as well as an introduction to the course by organiser Guojun Sheng   Zhiyuan College (https://zhiyuan.sjtu.edu.cn/articles/701) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (STJU) is an undergraduate talent-training program founded by then president Zhang Jie in 2010. Its philosophy[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The Seeds of a Great Idea

Posted by on May 23rd, 2019

We take the train with William Bateson, seek the secrets of snapdragons and build an army of MinIONs.

Echoes of “Chromatin-Based Regulation of Development” workshop OR “to TAD or not to TAD”?

Posted by on May 14th, 2019

The non-profit publishing groups can make a real difference The very best part of being a scientist is cracking mysteries of the universe and what is in it. The second best thing about this profession, in my opinion, is being part of a scientific community. Conversations, conferences, workshops, collaborations, networking, support and constant inspiration from[…]

A Madrid-Washington synergy for mouse embryo live-imaging

Posted by on April 23rd, 2019

One of the things I learned during my stay in another lab is that you can’t succeed completely by yourself. You can try, sure, but a relevant unanswered question in biology is a hard nut to crack. It usually takes a multidisciplinary approach and great ideas coming from more than one brain. Collaborations are key[…]

One-day Symposium on Developmental Bioelectricity in Boston, MA – July 26th, 2019

Posted by on April 16th, 2019

A fundamental question in biology is how cells communicate to fashion and repair complex biological structures and tissues.  It is well established that cells communicate through biochemical cues.  However, compelling evidence suggests that cells and tissues of all types use ion fluxes to communicate electrically as well.  In addition, it is now clear that this[…]

Postdoctoral opportunity at Columbia University in New York City

Posted by on April 15th, 2019

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Research in Development and Cancer We are looking for highly motivated individuals to join us in research funded by the National Institutes of Health to identify and characterize new molecular targets relevant to tumor formation and to tissue homeostasis during organ development. The projects combine genetics, functional genomics and biochemical analysis of cell[…]

Introducing introductory biology students to primary scientific literature: why it matters

Posted by on February 19th, 2019

A successful undergraduate science education includes teaching students science process skills, including critical analysis of primary scientific literature (PSL). Unfortunately, the use of PSL in the classroom remains limited due to several barriers. These include students struggling with the actual practice of science (as opposed to the purely linear scientific method presented in textbooks), the[…]

User-friendly p-values

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

A good statistic is the one that you can understand. Mean values are understandable and everybody knows how to calculate them. Most people also realize how the mean value can be skewed by an outlier. So we know what the mean represents and we are aware of its limitations. In sharp contrast, the Null Hypothesis[…]

Clones in bones – Looking for international PhD applicant at Monash University

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

International PhD student opportunity – Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. Monash University Studying the clonal dynamics of cartilage stem cells during normal and perturbed bone growth   Looking for an international PhD applicant to be enrolled in Monash University doctoral program under the supervision of Dr Alberto Rosello-Diez (http://www.rosellodiezlab.com and https://www.armi.org.au/research-leadership/rosello-diez-group). Long bones grow by forming[…]

What makes preprints popular?

Posted by on January 31st, 2019

A team of preLights selectors respond to a meta-analysis of bioRxiv preprints. Gautam Dey, Zhang-He Goh, Lars Hubatsch, Maiko Kitaoka, Robert Mahen, Máté Palfy, Connor Rosen and Samantha Seah* *all authors contributed equally; cross-posted from here.   The growing adoption of preprints over the last five years in the biological sciences has driven discussion within[…]