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February in preprints

Posted by on March 1st, 2018

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. Let us know if we missed anything.   On February 20th, The Company of Biologists launched preLights, a community-led preprint highlighting service. A panel of early career researchers (the ‘preLighters’) select and comment on recent preprints that caught their eye, and encourage preprint authors[…]

What an amazing workshop by Madeline Lancaster, Denis Jabaudon and The Company of Biologists!

Posted by on February 28th, 2018

How do cells give rise to the functional architecture of the brain? This is no longer a neuroscience-only question. Indeed, it is a cellular, genetic, developmental, mechanical, and material problem that requires experts from all of these disciplines working together to understand how the brain works! Yet, from this architectural design perspective, it is very[…]

January in preprints

Posted by on February 2nd, 2018

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. Let us know if we missed anything. Here at the Company of Biologists we are very excited about our soon to launch biology preprints highlighting service, preLights. Before the site goes live, you can sign up for email updates here and follow preLights on[…]

Prevent p-value parroting

Posted by on February 1st, 2018

Recently, Nature published my correspondence “Dispense with redundant P values”. It highlights my concern that p-values are often calculated because “everybody does it”. This reminded me of the mechanical repetition that parrots are well-known for (footnote 1). Parroting of p-value reporting should stop and I suggest to only present a p-value in a figure if[…]

Why more is better in comparative developmental biology…

Posted by on January 26th, 2018

Our recent paper in “Nature” [1] deconstructs molecular arguments that have been used to homologize bilaterian nerve cords. Our work illustrates well the strength of the comparative approach and the broad sampling across the animal tree of life that we use in my research group at the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology.   Evo-Devo[…]

Matthew Cobb: What makes great biology?

Posted by on January 19th, 2018

Prof. Matthew Cobb (The University of Manchester) Plenary talk given at the School of Biological Sciences symposium on Friday, 12 January 2018 Matthew Cobb is an inspiring advocate and communicator of science, in particular of biology. This is clearly reflected in his books and articles about the history of biology (and beyond), and his various[…]

In Development this week (Vol 145, Issue 1)

Posted by on January 16th, 2018

The first Development issue of the year is now complete! Here are the highlights:   RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS:   Micro-lenses focus on cataract development Cataracts have many potential risk factors but the molecular mechanisms underlying their development are unclear. Aggregates of lens epithelial cells (LECs) derived from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) are a potentially powerful in[…]

December in preprints

Posted by on January 4th, 2018

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. Let us know if we missed anything.   In their end of year round up, Science magazine picked ‘Biology preprints take off’ as a runner up 2018 Breakthrough of the Year, and ran a quote from Ron Vale –   “It’s a major cultural[…]

This year for Christmas, gift yourself with an amazing experience. Apply today for the 2018 CSHL Cell and Developmental Biology of Xenopus course.

Posted by on December 18th, 2017

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and if you are anything like me you are scrambling to try to get as much work done as possible before your holiday break. But while this frequently entails getting papers submitted, committee meetings completed, and experiments wrapped up, I also take the opportunity to reflect on[…]

November in preprints

Posted by on December 5th, 2017

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. Let us know if we missed anything.   This month in preprint news – here at The Company of Biologists, set just outside Cambridge in the UK, we’re hiring a new ‘Preprints Community Manager’. You can find out more here. It’s a great opportunity to get in[…]