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Reactions to the CRISPR human embryo paper

Posted by on August 3rd, 2017

A paper published online yesterday in Nature (and ‘leaked’ a week ago by the MIT Technology Review) describes the use of CRISPR in human embryos to correct a mutation that causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The work has hit the headlines and sparked debate about its utility and implications. Collated below are responses from the field (or[…]

January 2018: Summer! Beach! New friends and Top Developmental Biologists in course in Chile

Posted by on July 31st, 2017

New fellowships from SDB for students from USA and Canada to attend the International Course on Developmental Biology on January 9-21, 2018 in Quintay Chile. Fellowship for Latin American students will be available as well. Nipam Patel, Alejandro Sanchez-Alvarado, Ray Keller, Claudio Stern, Corinne Huart, Maria Leptin, Andrea Streit, among other will teach, hands-on, the[…]

Editorial changes

Posted by on July 24th, 2017

This Development Editorial appeared as an advanced online article on 21 July. Olivier Pourquié, Katherine Brown   Here at Development we are very sad to be saying goodbye to two of our editors: Ottoline Leyser and Geraldine Seydoux. Both Ottoline and Geraldine have been valued members of the editorial team since 2011, and we are[…]

A New (and open-access!) Antibody Search Platform: BenchSci

Posted by on July 13th, 2017

Antibodies are one of the most commonly used research reagents. However, due to their innate variability, finding the right antibody can be a challenge. Scientists devote a significant amount of time sifting through the literature to find antibodies that have been shown to work under specific experimental contexts matching their research interests. This process often[…]

Tenured faculty position in the area of Paleontology and Evolutionary Developmental Biology University of California, Berkeley

Posted by on July 6th, 2017

The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) at the University of California, Berkeley are soliciting applications for a 100% (50 % IB, 50% MCB) time new senior level faculty member actively working at the interface between the fields of paleontology and evolutionary developmental biology; this position is[…]

The Drosophila fly brings to light the role of morphogens in limb growth

Posted by on July 5th, 2017

• Scientists at IRB Barcelona clarify the function of the genes that drive wing development in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. • Published in the journal eLife, this study unveils that the Dpp morphogen is necessary for wing growth but that its gradient does not govern this process. • Understanding the development of limbs in[…]

Getting to know us – an article about the Node and social media

Posted by on June 15th, 2017

Last year we were approached by Andreas Prokop of The University of Manchester (who is also Communications Officer of the British Society for Developmental Biology), with an offer to write a paper on our experiences of running the Node and using social media to build scientific networks. We – that is Aidan Maartens (the Node’s Community[…]

Going format-free

Posted by on May 30th, 2017

This Editorial originally appeared in Development, Volume 144, Issue 11   Katherine Brown, Olivier Pourquié   As some readers will already be aware, we have recently introduced a new ‘format-free’ submission policy. We’ve been delighted by the early feedback on this – from what we’re hearing, this has been a popular move and will help make[…]

Obituary: Tokindo S. Okada (1927-2017)

Posted by on May 24th, 2017

This obituary by Hisato Kondoh and Harukazu Nakamura first appeared in Development, May 15th 2017.      Tokindo S. Okada (here referred to as TSO) was one of the leaders who steered developmental biology in new directions when this field was at its turning point around 1980. He also made invaluable contributions to the creation of a global[…]

The evolution of an axon guidance model: from chemotaxis to haptotaxis

Posted by on May 16th, 2017

The canonical model The publication of Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s seminal Cell papers (1, 2) in 1994 describing the identification of netrin1 (from the Sanskrit word, netr, meaning “one who guides”) was a defining moment in my graduate career. My friends and I talked about those papers for weeks, from the incredible technical feat, the biochemical purification[…]