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Abcam & the Node meeting reporter competition winner: Zubair Nizamudeen

Posted by on March 20th, 2018

Earlier in the year we and Abcam ran a competition to find a meeting reporter for the upcoming Abcam Adult Neurogenesis meeting to be held in Dresden in May. Today we are delighted to announce the winner: Zubair Nizamudeen, a PhD student in Virginie Sottile’s lab at the Wolfson STEM Centre, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK. Zubair’s[…]

What an amazing workshop by Madeline Lancaster, Denis Jabaudon and The Company of Biologists!

Posted by on February 28th, 2018

How do cells give rise to the functional architecture of the brain? This is no longer a neuroscience-only question. Indeed, it is a cellular, genetic, developmental, mechanical, and material problem that requires experts from all of these disciplines working together to understand how the brain works! Yet, from this architectural design perspective, it is very[…]

Introducing preLights: preprint highlights, selected by the biological community

Posted by on February 23rd, 2018

This editorial by Katherine Brown and Olivier Pourquié was published in Development on 22/02/18. We are excited to announce the launch of preLights (, a new service from The Company of Biologists. preLights is a community platform for selecting, highlighting and commenting on recent preprints from across the biological sciences. With this service, we aim to[…]

Genes activated in metastasis also drive the first stages of tumour growth

Posted by on February 19th, 2018

In spite of the difference between the cell functions responsible for giving rise to a tumour and for the metastasis of this same tumour, studies at IRB Barcelona using the fly Drosophila melanogaster reveal that some genes can drive both phenome na.   In cancer research, there has been a tendency to differentiate between the[…]

Nominate BSDB committee members,

Posted by on February 16th, 2018

Sear BSDB Members,   I am writing to ask you to consider nominating individuals for membership of the BSDB committee.   Due to committee retirements, three new individuals are needed to serve as ordinary committee members, beginning in October 2018.   Their term of office will be five years and they will be required to (make every[…]

Updates from DORA – An interview with Stephen Curry

Posted by on February 7th, 2018

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) was conceived in 2012 at an ASCB meeting, and has since its launch in 2013 has garnered thousands of signatories from individuals and organisations. Its aim is to improve the way in which the quality of research output is evaluated, with a key recommendation being the elimination of journal-based metrics[…]

YEN Conference 2018: Abstract submission and registration is open!

Posted by on February 3rd, 2018

Young Embryologist Network Conference 2018 14th May 2018 The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK   This year we are pleased to announce Professor Wolf Reik as our keynote speaker. His research group, based at the Babraham Institute, investigates the roles of epigenetic gene regulation in mammalian development. We are also honoured to have Dr Susan Cox and Dr[…]

preLights – Preprint highlights, selected by the biological community

Posted by on January 29th, 2018

preLights is a new preprint highlights service supported by The Company of Biologists, the not-for-profit publisher which hosts the Node via one of its five journals, Development. The site is currently being built and will be launched soon, but before then you can keep up-to-date by signing up for news here:   You can also follow[…]

Apply for The Company of Biologists Gurdon Summer Studentships

Posted by on January 26th, 2018

The Company of Biologists Gurdon Summer Studentship scheme was initiated by the BSDB in 2014 to provide highly motivated undergraduate students with 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. For the last four years, the quality[…]

Why more is better in comparative developmental biology…

Posted by on January 26th, 2018

Our recent paper in “Nature” [1] deconstructs molecular arguments that have been used to homologize bilaterian nerve cords. Our work illustrates well the strength of the comparative approach and the broad sampling across the animal tree of life that we use in my research group at the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology.   Evo-Devo[…]