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The people behind the papers #7

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

In this series, we interview the people behind some of the most exciting recent papers in developmental biology and related fields, to give context to the work and find out how the story came together.   Today’s paper comes from the latest issue of Nature Neuroscience, and shows that in addition to chemical cues, mechanical signals are[…]

An interview with David McClay

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

This interview by Aidan Maartens first appeared in Development Volume 143, Issue 23.   David McClay is the Arthur S. Pearse Professor of Biology at Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, North Carolina. His lab works on the transcriptional control of morphogenesis in the sea urchin embryo. We caught up with David at[…]

The people behind the papers #6

Posted by on November 29th, 2016

In this series, we interview the people behind some of the most exciting recent papers in developmental biology to give context to the work and find out how the story came together.   Today’s paper comes from the latest issue of Development, and reveals a link between phenotypic variability, cell fate switching and epigenetic silencing in zebrafish. Lead author[…]

An interview with Kathryn Anderson

Posted by on November 15th, 2016

This interview by Aidan Maartens first featured in Development, Volume 143, Issue 22.    Kathryn Anderson is Professor and Chair of the Developmental Biology Program at the Sloan Kettering Institute in New York. Her lab investigates the genetic networks underlying the patterning and morphogenesis of the early mouse embryo. We caught up with Kathryn at the[…]

An interview with Paola Arlotta

Posted by on November 3rd, 2016

This interview by Catarina Vicente first featured in Development.   Paola Arlotta is a neurodevelopmental biologist based at the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology in Boston, MA, USA. Her lab studies the birth, differentiation and assembly of neuronal circuits in the cerebral cortex with the aim of developing novel therapies for degenerative and[…]

The people behind the papers #5

Posted by on October 25th, 2016

So far in this series, we’ve featured fly nuclear pores, lizard tails, squid eyes and mouse digits, and heard from researchers working in Germany, the US and Canada. Today, we switch model system and geographical location once again. The work was published recently in Development, and uses timed inhibition of sonic hedgehog signalling during chick[…]

The people behind the papers #4

Posted by on September 26th, 2016

In this series, we interview the people behind some of the most exciting recent papers in developmental biology and related fields, to give context to the work and find out how the story came together.   Today we feature an upcoming paper in Cell Stem Cell that investigates the role of Schwann cell precursors in the multi-tissue regeneration of the[…]

Seeking out the sweet spot in cancer therapeutics: an interview with Lewis Cantley

Posted by on September 23rd, 2016

  “…had you told me when I was 25 years old that I would be the director of a cancer center I would have been incredulous, given that I was totally into chemistry”   This is an extract from an interview that originally appeared in Disease Models and Mechanisms (available here Open Access) Paraminder Dhillon,[…]

Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? An interview for Retraction Watch

Posted by on September 21st, 2016

As you may have seen, we at Development have recently announced a change to our peer review process, introducing a cross-referee commenting step. This should be in place within the next week or two, and we’re hoping it will help us to make better decisions on papers, and to make the revision process easier for[…]

The People Behind the Papers #3

Posted by on September 2nd, 2016

In this series, we interview the people behind some of the most exciting recent papers in developmental biology and related fields, to give context to the work and find out how the story came together.   Today’s paper is from the latest issue of Development and  introduces the squid Doryteuthis pealeii as a lophotrochozoan model for eye[…]