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Collaboration: All the things we cannot see (alone).

Posted by on June 3rd, 2019

By Miriam Rosenberg and Suparna Ray Most of what we know about axial patterning in insects comes from decades of careful, beautiful work done in flies. Thanks to the genetic screens of Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus in the late 1970’s, we learned that distinct classes of genes, many of them transcription factors, act in[…]

May in preprints

Posted by on June 3rd, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month evo-devo is particularly well represented (from choanoflagellates to Portuguese men of war), and there’s a slew of single cell sequencing papers, lots on iPSC differentiation and some rooting around in our plant development section. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if[…]

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[…]

April in preprints

Posted by on May 1st, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month was notable for a preponderance of plant development preprints, many molecular maps (supported by single cell sequencing), a hearty helping of human development and a multiplicity of (Drosophila) melanogaster mechanics. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and[…]

Functional interrogation of the C-terminal domain of RNA polymerase II in fruit flies

Posted by on April 24th, 2019

Feiyue Lu and David Gilmour tell the story behind their recent paper in Molecular Cell RNA polymerase II (Pol II) is the enzyme responsible for transcribing most genes in eukaryotes. The C-terminal domain (CTD) is a highly repetitive, unstructured domain on the largest Pol II subunit, Rpb1. It consists of numerous repeats of seven amino acids[…]

New research uncovers how hot fish change sex

Posted by on April 23rd, 2019

Press release from Development. You can also read the Research Highlight for this article. Researchers have identified the hormone that causes sex reversal of medaka fish growing in high temperatures. This study from the Instituto Tecnologico de Chascomus (INTECH) in Argentina is the first to report that the brain is involved in the masculinization of[…]

March in preprints

Posted by on April 1st, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month we found three hydra preprints, lots of developmental mechanics, a typically hearty serving of single cell transcriptomic analyses and a survey of the life of PIs. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use these links[…]

February in preprints

Posted by on March 4th, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  February was notable for the amount of neural development, from retina to cortex and fly to fish. We also found butterfly wings, human segmentation, a plenitude of of plants and sequenced genomes for komodo dragons, parasitic wasps, copepods and one celebrity cat. The preprints[…]

Surprise findings turn up the temperature on the study of vernalization

Posted by on February 15th, 2019

Press Release from the John Innes Centre (link) New evidence has emerged about the agriculturally important process of vernalization in a development that could help farmers deal with financially damaging weather fluctuations.     Vernalization is the process by which plants require prolonged exposure to cold temperature before they transition from the vegetative state to[…]

January in preprints

Posted by on February 1st, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  January was notable for the number of preprints on Xenopus development, plus a trio on Piezo channels, two on ctenophores, and a preprint on preprints that has also been preLighted (very meta). The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use[…]