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Nora and Nestor catch you up with the BSDB Autumn Meeting 2018

Posted by on September 19th, 2018

  Hello there! This is Nora Braak and Nestor Saiz, we are based in Oxford and New York respectively and we study butterfly and mouse development. Last week we went to the BSDB Autumn meeting, which also happened to be the third workshop on Embryonic Extraembryonic Interactions. We enjoyed it so much that we wanted[…]

This month in preLights – August

Posted by on September 5th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly summary of developmental biology (and related) preLights.   preLighters are early-career researchers who select and highlight preprints which they feel are interesting for the life-science community. While writing highlight posts is mostly an individual effort, plenty of interactions between the preLights team members take place on our Slack channel. This is[…]

August in preprints

Posted by on September 3rd, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related/just plain cool) preprints.    This month we found a tonne of  papers dealing with various aspects of inheritance in worms, a flush of fly mechanics, and more single cell sequencing than you could shake a stick at. And as summer draws to a close, it’s raining[…]

Pitx2c sets the stage for gastrulation

Posted by on August 23rd, 2018

In our recently published paper https://elifesciences.org/articles/34880, we report that the transcription factor Pitx2c has an unexpected role during gastrulation, where it acts cell non-autonomously to promote mesendodermal cell migration required for axis extension in zebrafish.     “It is not birth, marriage or death which is the most important time in your life, but gastrulation. –[…]

The Age-Long Quest for Bone Length Regulation

Posted by on August 9th, 2018

About a decade ago I came to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work with my mentor, Jeff Baron, to study childhood growth and to tackle one of the unsolved mysteries in biology – mechanisms for body size determination (1). Years have passed, and we probably still don’t understand what makes an elephant an[…]

This month in preLights – July

Posted by on August 8th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly selection of developmental biology (and related) preLights     preLights, the preprint highlighting service supported by The Company of Biologists, has now reached over 150 posts since launching in late February. To further promote this platform, we are now featuring preLights content in three of The Company of Biologist’s journals –[…]

The toilet paper model

Posted by on August 3rd, 2018

  In LM Escudero´s group, we like developmental biology, mathematical biology and computational biology. We try to be imaginative and get inspiration from simple things… such as a toilet paper roll. Using this tool (and some computers), we claim that we have described a novel geometrical shape… You will be wondering… how do you do[…]

July in preprints

Posted by on August 2nd, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related/just plain cool) preprints.    In one of the most contentious (at least on Twitter!) pieces of preprint news in July, Tom Sheldon, Senior Press Manager at the Science Media Center in London, voiced his concerns about the impact of preprints on public understanding of science[…]

C. elegans Development, Cell Biology and Gene Expression and 2018 European Worm Meeting report

Posted by on July 9th, 2018

I recently attended the biennial Development, Cell Biology and Gene Expression C. elegans Meeting, this time in combination with the 2018 European Worm Meeting, in Barcelona. C. elegans meetings are always pretty special, defined more than anything else by the strong sense of community between researchers, or, as well like to call ourselves, ‘Worm People’.[…]

June in preprints

Posted by on July 4th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related) preprints! This month we found a tranche of preprints getting deep into the mechanics of fly development, a clutch on organoids (retinal, cerebral, cortical!), an investigation into the role of gender in scientific collaboration, and a veritable zoo in our evo-devo section – from[…]