Shark embryo

A day in the life of a shark lab

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Full-term development of quail chick by ICSI

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Gone Fishing. Zebrafish Meeting 2014, Madison, WI.

PCR machine

What do you call your PCR machine?

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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Accelerated Frogs: Developmental Biology meets Particle Physics

Posted by on August 20th, 2014

I previously wrote a post about the development of a 4-D X-Ray Tomography technique for imaging early Xenopus embryos. Frog embryos are opaque due to their yolky composition and this has proved a challenge for traditional optical microscopy of events in the early stages of Xenopus embryo development. However Julian Moosmann, Ralf Hofmann and Jubin […]
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Your non-model organism is going extinct

Posted by on July 17th, 2014

“There is no such thing as a non-model organism” R. Behringer This bold statement was announced less than a week into our Embryology course and has left a lasting impression on lecturers and students alike. At first it seemed like a sympathetic statement to the extensive and diverse systems us students were arriving from… “yeah, […]
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Brazil: origins, evolution and future of Developmental Biology in the country of the 2014 World Cup

Posted by on July 13th, 2014

By Henrique Marques-Souza and Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca   Widely known as the country of soccer, samba and beautiful beaches, one might wonder if it is possible to perform high quality research in Developmental Biology in Brazil with so many distractions. What are the pros and cons of doing research in this area in Brazil?  […]
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A day in the life of a Platynereis dumerilii lab

Posted by on June 25th, 2014

Hello! I am Maggie Pruitt, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA – think middle America or fields upon fields). I work in Dr. Stephan Schneider’s evo-devo laboratory, and my work mostly focuses on studying components of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway during early […]
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Good guilt

Posted by on May 7th, 2014

Seán Mac Fhearraigh, from PostPostDoc, recently asked me to write a post about my experiences outside academia. Because I don’t have a lot of experience yet (I have only been working as the Node community manager for less than a year) I decided instead to focus on what I did during my PhD that helped the transition. […]
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