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On Growth and Form conference – Call for Papers

Posted by on March 14th, 2017

ON GROWTH AND FORM CENTENARY CONFERENCE 13-14 October 2017 University of Dundee and University of St Andrews 2017 marks 100 years since the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s landmark book On Growth and Form. To mark the occasion, a two-day interdisciplinary conference is being organised at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, where D’Arcy spent[…]

Why are geneticists measuring the webbing between mouse embryo fingers?

Posted by on February 21st, 2017

A new paper published in Journal of Anatomy shows that measuring the amount of inter-digital webbing in mouse embryos between 14 and 15 days gestation is the best way to find out their exact stage of development. So why is this important to a geneticist? If we want to discover a causal link between a gene[…]

ISSCR 2017 Award Winners Announced

Posted by on February 16th, 2017

Each year the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) recognises the stem cell researchers driving the field forward in their annual awards. You can learn more about the awards here, and watch short videos of the awardees discussing their work below.   Elaine Fuchs McEwen Award for Innovation    Jayaraj Rajagopal Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young[…]

Uncovering Non-canonical Roles of E-cadherin Beyond Cell Adhesion

Posted by on February 14th, 2017

Broad perspective Successful division was an essential criterion for establishing the cell as the basic unit of life on earth. Later, cell-cell adhesion made possible the evolution of multicellular life forms. These two fundamental cellular processes co-function throughout the life of an organism, during development, wound healing and tissue regeneration. In epithelial tissues this results[…]

YEN Conference 2017: Registration open now!

Posted by on February 8th, 2017

Young Embryologist Network 9th Annual Conference. 9th May 2017 at the Institute of Child Health, UCL, London. This year, YEN is honoured to have Dr Darren Gilmour from EMBL Heidelberg present the Sammy Lee Memorial Lecture. We are also pleased to host two invited speakers, Dr Karen Liu (King’s College London), and Professor Michael Stumpf (Imperial College London). As well as three abstract-selected talk sessions and a poster[…]

Honouring developmental biology

Posted by on January 12th, 2017

The New Year’s honours list recognises citizens who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. This year three prominent developmental and stem cell biologists were honoured, putting our field in the national news. The Development team were especially happy that two of the newly honoured researchers have connections to the[…]

The fly reveals a new signal involved in limb growth

Posted by on January 9th, 2017

Researchers at IRB Barcelona identify a fundamental role of the JAK/STAT signalling pathway in the development and growth regulation of limbs in Drosophila. Published in Nature Communications, the study paves the way to research into the function of this pathway in vertebrate development and its possible involvement in human congenital diseases.   Many of the[…]

The times they are a-changin’

Posted by on January 3rd, 2017

This Editorial originally appeared in Development, Volume 144, Issue 1 Olivier Pourquie   The past 15 years have witnessed major evolutions in the field of developmental biology – in imaging technology, genome editing, development of new ‘model’ systems and many other areas. Much of the action in our domain is now taking place in the stem[…]

Postdoctoral Fellows (Two positions) in RNA Neurobiology at the Alonso Lab

Posted by on December 21st, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellows (Two positions) RNA Control of Neural Development and Behaviour Alonso Lab, University of Sussex Brighton, United Kingdom Two postdoctoral positions are available in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex supervised by Professor Claudio Alonso (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/alonsolab/) within the broad field of Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience. The aim of the project[…]

New phenotype dataset available for embryonic-lethal mouse knockouts

Posted by on December 1st, 2016

    This post originally appeared on Annotations, the DMDD blog.   New image and phenotype data for embryos and placentas from embryonic lethal knockout mouse lines has been made available on the DMDD website today. The knockout data includes the ciliary gene Rpgrip1l as well as Atg16l1, a gene encoding a protein that forms[…]