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A Day in the Life of a Turtle lab

A day in the life of a Honeybee lab

Posted by on January 19th, 2015

Welcome to the Lab for Evolution and Development. The lab is situated in the deep south of New Zealand in the quaint Scottish inspired little city of Dunedin. 1/5 of the population of Dunedin is made up of students and the University is considered the heart of the Dunedin community. I was a student here […]
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A Day in the Life of a Turtle lab

Posted by on December 9th, 2014

We are Juan Pascual-Anaya and Tatsuya Hirasawa, two postdoctoral fellows at RIKEN (Kobe, Japan), in the laboratory of Shigeru Kuratani. We both have been working for the last 4-5 years using turtles as a model organism in the laboratory, studying different aspects of the carapace development.   Three different turtles used in our lab.   […]
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A day in the life of a cnidarian lab

Posted by on December 4th, 2014

I presume the first question that comes into people’s mind when they read the title would be “What are cnidarians?” I also presume a logical follow-up question would be “Why are you working on cnidarians?” If you haven’t asked these questions, I suspect that you are either my colleague and are sitting in the office […]
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BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (2)

Posted by on November 27th, 2014

In 2014, the BSDB has initiated the Gurdon Summer Studentship program with the intention to provide highly motivated students with exceptional qualities and a strong interest in Developmental Biology an opportunity to engage in practical research. The 10 successful applicants spent 8 weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback we received […]
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BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (1)

Posted by on November 27th, 2014

In 2014, the BSDB has initiated the Gurdon Summer Studentship program with the intention to provide highly motivated students with exceptional qualities and a strong interest in Developmental Biology an opportunity to engage in practical research. The 10 successful applicants spent 8 weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback we received […]
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A day in the life of a shark lab

Posted by on October 31st, 2014

Hi! I am Nuria, a PhD student. I work in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Our group, the BRAINSHARK group, has been working in the evolutionary changes occurring during the development of the nervous system of a small shark (Scyliorhinus canicula) for many years. Our work mostly […]
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What do you call your PCR machine?

Posted by on October 13th, 2014

Last Friday we came across the blog of the Sauka-Spengler lab in Oxford, and noticed that their PCR machines are called Kit and Kat. This made us think- who else gives pet names to their lab equipment? We asked the twittersphere for suggestions, and collated them in the storify below. How about your lab? Share […]
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The Future of Research Symposium:

The Structure of the Workforce

Posted by on September 25th, 2014

This is the second of four posts relating to the Future of Research symposium which was announced in a previous blog post. Each of these posts will discuss a topic that is the focus of a workshop at the Symposium. Even if you can’t attend, please tweet @FORsymp with suggestions, or follow us to respond […]
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What is your favourite conference venue?

Posted by on September 10th, 2014

  Last month I was lucky enough to attend the Xenopus meeting, which took place at the Asilomar conference grounds, close to Monterey, California. This meeting was fantastic, combining great science with a great venue. As there is already someone lined up to write about the scientific aspects of the meeting, I thought I would focus here instead on the […]
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Designing ChIP primers

Posted by on September 4th, 2014

Hello everyone, Recently I got assigned with the task of designing good primers for ChIP. My supervisor advised me to use the Primer BLAST tool from NCBI together with AmplifiX to get some computer-generated primers and at the same time test some I designed myself. Problem is we were discussing yesterday and eventually we came […]
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