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The science of the cat in your computer: our journey into crowdfunded sequencing of LilBUB

Posted by on April 27th, 2015

About a year ago – when spending some quality afterwork time on the Internet – me and my benchmate Dario stumbled upon LilBUB. If you’re an internet cat afficionado you’ve probably seen LilBUB around. She’s extremely cute and lovable, and she’s got something of a celebrity status. But, as developmental biologists, we were also intrigued by[…]

(Developmental) Biology around the internet- April 2015

Posted by on April 22nd, 2015

Here is April’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet!   News & Research – There is a growing number of postdocs and not enough positions in academia. What is the future of the postdoc? Meanwhile, the MRC removed the number of postdoc years from their eligibility criteria for fellowship[…]

BSDB nominations, a new prize and a history call

Posted by on April 20th, 2015

The BSDB committee invites self-nominations for a new post graduate representative. Please, include a short text (max. 1 page) explaining your motivation and intentions to serve on the committee. Deadline will be 1 June 2015. There will be a new BSDB women in science prize for mid-career female scientists (~ 15 years post PhD). Detailed[…]

Final call for YEN:2015 abstracts! Deadline tomorrow (21st)!

Posted by on April 20th, 2015

7th Young Embryologist Network Annual General Meeting 15th May 2015 09:15-17:30 King’s College London Registration and abstract submission are now open!  Abstract submission closes TOMORROW!  The 7th Young Embryologist Network AGM aims to bring together developmental biologists from across the UK (and beyond) to discuss their work. This year is likely to be the largest[…]

BSDB/BSCB awardees and new BSDB committee members

Posted by on April 16th, 2015

This is a news item which was first posted on the bsdb.org site. Please, note that not all items will be duplicated on The Node, and that only the BSDB site is being updated with further information (particularly relevant for this news post). To ensure you stay informed about BSDB matters, please, take two minutes[…]

”The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” – The Nurse review of science funding.

Posted by on April 10th, 2015

The following is my response to the Nurse review on scientific funding call for evidence: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/nurse-review-of-research-councils-call-for-evidence Now he has lots of free time(!) having stepped down from running the Royal Society, Sir Paul remains the biggest name in scientific establishment, or at least the first name in the section marked ‘scientists’ in David Willett’s former[…]

The Node at the BSDB Spring Meeting!

Posted by on April 9th, 2015

From this Sunday the University of Warwick will be the location of this year’s British Society for Developmental Biology Spring meeting, held jointly with the British Society for Cell Biology. It promises to be a great meeting (see the programme here) and the Node will be there! Come to The Company of Biologists stand (stand[…]

How a new startup is bridging the gap between universities and industry

Posted by on April 3rd, 2015

  About a year ago, I met someone at a conference who worked at a food chemistry lab in New Orleans. She was telling me about how her company had tried to hire a chemist with a Masters or PhD by putting some ads out on various job boards, but no one with the right[…]

BSDB Gurdon Summer Studenships – DEADLINE!

Posted by on March 12th, 2015

End of March is the application deadline for the Gurdon Studentship scheme. This scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. We look for students with a strong academic record and clear career vision, who have taken the initiative to establish contacts[…]

Woods Hole images 2014 round 3- the winner

Posted by on March 2nd, 2015

And the winner of the latest round of images from the Woods Hole embryology course is… the skate embryo!   Here are the full results: – SEM of butterfly scale: 93 votes – Drosophila embryos: 37 votes – Skate embryo: 241 votes – Swallowtail wing: 79 votes     Many congratulations to Mary Colasanto (University of[…]