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FASEB Excellence in Science Award for Gail Martin

Posted by on October 7th, 2010

The FASEB Excellence in Science Award is awarded annually to a woman whose research has made an exceptional contribution to the field of biological sciences. In 2011, this award will go to developmental biologist Gail Martin, of the University of California, San Francisco. Martin’s current work focuses mainly on the role of FGF signalling in[…]

American plant research gets a boost

Posted by on October 7th, 2010

In the US, basic plant research is relatively underfunded compared to other fields, with most of the available money going directly towards the development of practical agricultural applications. Last year, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) organized a meeting called “Future Horizons in Plant Science”, where select scientists in the field concluded that there was[…]

Nobel Prize for Robert Edwards

Posted by on October 4th, 2010

Robert Edwards has just been announced as winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for his work on in vitro fertilization (IVF) We speculated about the winners a few weeks ago, and he was not among anyone’s guesses, but this is a very exciting and timely choice. Just last Friday I mentioned[…]

Who will regulate UK embryo research?

Posted by on October 1st, 2010

In an attempt to tighten the country’s budget, the UK government wants to cut a large number of arms-length non-governmental organisations. These “quangos” (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations) include regulatory bodies, advisory organs, and other committees. Until last week, there were only vague speculations as to which funds would be cut, but the news has become more[…]

Nobel Predictions

Posted by on September 23rd, 2010

Thomson Reuters has predicted who they think will walk away with the Nobel Prizes in medicine, chemistry, physics, and economics. Their predictions for the prize for Physiology or Medicine include six names in four areas: – Douglas Coleman and Jeffrey Friedman, for the discovery of leptin – Ernest McCulloch and James Till, for the discovery[…]

Lasker Awards 2010

Posted by on September 21st, 2010

Today, the Lasker Foundation announced the winners of their 65th annual Lasker Awards, celebrating biomedical research. The winners all contributed to scientific research with strong implications for medical advancements: Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award Awarded to: Douglas Coleman & Jeffrey Friedman for the discovery of leptin, the “obesity gene” Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award[…]

Downtime for server maintenance

Posted by on September 21st, 2010

From 4PM UK time on Wednesday September 22nd, the Node’s server is going down for some maintenance. Work will continue for several hours, and will cover most of the working day in North and South America. Apologies for the inconvenience. I’ll schedule some things to appear on the Node’s Twitter account to read while the[…]

Chicken, blogger, farmer, scientist

Posted by on September 13th, 2010

Here’s an uplifting story about how a farmer and a developmental biologist met online and started a collaboration. Earlier this month, I attended the annual Science Online conference in London. This year’s speakers included Sir Martin Rees of the Royal Society, former Member of UK Parliament Evan Harris, and a good selection of people who[…]

Scheduled down time

Posted by on September 9th, 2010

The server that the Node runs on is going to receive some general maintenance between 6:30 PM UK time tonight and early tomorrow morning. This may affect our visitors in North America (and the early risers at the other end of the Pacific) so please be patient if anything seems to not be working during[…]

the Node update – Jobs

Posted by on September 7th, 2010

New format for job postings You may have noticed some job ads for postdocs appearing on the Node. Until today, these ads appeared with the rest of the posts, but we now changed how job ads are displayed on the Node, to make them stand out from the rest of the content. This makes it[…]