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The people behind the papers – Ross Carter, Yara Sánchez-Corrales, Verônica Grieneisen and Athanasius (Stan) Marée

Posted by on November 29th, 2017

Pavement cells in plant leaves were identified as a puzzle which deviated  from normal cell shape rules by D’Arcy Thompson in his classic text On Growth and Form. Now modern approaches allow researchers to revisit these problems and try to uncover the rules that govern pavement cell topology during leaf development. This week we feature a[…]

On Growth and Form at 100: The story behind the cover

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

Today marks the publication of Development’s special issue celebrating the centenary of D’Arcy Thompson’s ‘On Growth and Form’. Given the continuing influence of the book’s graphical elements – from its captivating transformation diagrams to its drawings of geometrically stunning invertebrate shells – the Development team knew that the cover of the issue had to reflect this[…]

On Growth and Form at 100: An interview with Matthew Jarron

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

In late September I boarded a tiny propeller plane to Dundee to meet Matthew Jarron, who curates the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum. We had seen Matthew speak about On Growth and Form at a Royal Society event over the summer, and realised he would be a perfect person to interview to give[…]

The people behind the papers – Qiang Shao, Stephanie Herrlinger and Jian-Fu (Jeff) Chen

Posted by on November 16th, 2017

Zika infection in humans is associated with birth defects including microcephaly. Zika has two major lineages – the Asian lineage, which has been associated with birth defects, and the African lineage, which has not – but the relative effects of each strain on brain development, and the effects of the related dengue virus that co-circulates with[…]

The people behind the papers – David Turner and Peter Baillie-Johnson

Posted by on November 6th, 2017

Embryonic patterning is dependent on the establishment of the anteroposterior (AP) and dorsoventral axes early in development. In mammals this occurs by a breaking of symmetry in the epiblast, however the molecular mechanisms controlling this process are still not fully understood. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that[…]

An interview with Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard

Posted by on November 3rd, 2017

This interview by Katherine Brown originally appeared in Development, Vol 144 Issue 21 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany. In 1995, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine, along with Eric Wieschaus and Edward Lewis, for her work on the genetic control[…]

BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (14)

Posted by on October 31st, 2017

Established  by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]

The people behind the papers – Sabrina Jan, Tinke Vormer, Sjoerd Repping and Ans MM van Pelt

Posted by on October 18th, 2017

During spermatogenesis, progenitor cells must undergo tightly regulated changes to produce functional gametes. However, the genetic control of this process in humans has eluded researchers. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that describes the changing genetic expression of cell during spermatogenesis. The co-first authors Sabrina Jan and Tinke[…]

An interview with Jayaraj Rajagopal

Posted by on October 5th, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens appeared in Development, Vol 144 Issue 19   Jayaraj (Jay) Rajagopal is a Principal Investigator at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar, his lab works on the development and regeneration of[…]

The people behind the papers – Simon Lane and Keith Jones

Posted by on October 4th, 2017

Checkpoints ensure that mouse oocytes with DNA damage arrest in meiosis I, preventing non-viable embryo formation, however the mechanisms which activate this checkpoint have so far eluded researchers. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that reveals that the unique ability of mouse oocytes to sense DNA damage by[…]