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Salamander Models in Cross-Disciplinary Research – Meeting Report

Posted by on September 18th, 2018

  Vienna, Austria July 2018     The use of salamanders in regeneration and developmental research has a long history filled with luminaries of the life sciences. Thomas Hunt Morgan, Hans Spemann and Hilde Mangold, Ross Granville Harrison, Inez Whipple Wilder, and August Weismann all employed salamanders in their work 1,2. Current experimental research on[…]

Publishing peer review reports

Posted by on September 5th, 2018

Last week, Development and our sister journal Journal of Cell Science signed an open letter coordinated by ASAPbio, signalling our intention to publish peer review reports alongside published papers. I’m really delighted to be making this commitment and wanted to take the opportunity to say a few words about our thinking behind this decision. So[…]

The Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowships

Posted by on August 30th, 2018

The Company of Biologists’ journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms – offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £2,500 or currency equivalent to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses. There is no restriction on[…]

Preprints promote transparency and communication

Posted by on August 12th, 2018

Carmen Adriaens1, Gautam Dey2, Amanda Haage3, Wouter Masselink4 *, Sundar Ram Naganathan5, Lauren Neves6, Teresa Rayon7, Samantha Seah8, Srivats Venkataramanan9.   1. Center for Cancer Biology, VIB, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium & Center for Cancer Research, NCI/NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA 2. MRC Lab for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK 3. Department[…]

The toilet paper model

Posted by on August 3rd, 2018

  In LM Escudero´s group, we like developmental biology, mathematical biology and computational biology. We try to be imaginative and get inspiration from simple things… such as a toilet paper roll. Using this tool (and some computers), we claim that we have described a novel geometrical shape… You will be wondering… how do you do[…]

Evo-chromo: towards an integrative approach of chromatin dynamics across eukaryotes

Posted by on July 18th, 2018

***Deadline to apply for funded ECR places is July 20!***   In November, the Company of Biologists is hosting the latest in its series of Workshops. ‘Evo-chromo’ aims to integrate skills and interests of the fields of chromatin biology and evolutionary biology – if you are an early career researcher and this all sounds appealing[…]

Adult Neurogenesis 2018: Highlights -By Zubair Ahmed Nizamudeen

Posted by on June 29th, 2018

4WH Neurogenesis: What Where Why When and How? Neurogenesis is understood as the process by which neural stem cells (NSCs) produce new neurons. In the adult mammalian brain, this process is known to persist in two restricted locations- the dentate gyrus (DG) region of the hippocampus (see figure below) and the lateral walls of the[…]

From stem cells to human development: Meeting reporter competition winner!

Posted by on June 29th, 2018

In May we ran a competition to find a meeting reporter for Development’s upcoming meeting on human development and stem cells. We had some wonderful entries from across the field, and are delighted today to announce the winner: Antonio Barral Gil, a PhD student in Miguel Manzanares’ Lab at CNIC (The Spanish Center for Cardiac Research) in[…]

Blastoid: the backstory of the formation of blastocyst-like structure solely from stem cells.

Posted by on June 27th, 2018

In our recently published paper1, we showed that mouse stem cells self-organize into blastocyst-like structures, that we termed blastoids. Because blastoids can be generated in large numbers, can be finely manipulated, and implant in utero, they are a powerful tool to investigate the principles of pre- and post-implantation development. Here is the backstory of our[…]

Editorial: Advocating developmental biology

Posted by on June 27th, 2018

This editorial by Aidan Maartens, Andreas Prokop, Katherine Brown and Olivier Pourquié originally appeared in Development   Developmental biology is a discipline with a long and rich history, a vibrant and diverse present, and a future of tremendous potential. The field has had enormous impact beyond its own boundaries, for example providing many key concepts for medical research and[…]