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Ernest McCulloch 1926-2011

Posted by on January 27th, 2011

Last week (January 19), stem cell pioneer Ernest McCulloch died at the age of 84. Together with James Till, McCulloch discovered stem cells in the 1960s. For their work, the pair won the Gairdner Award in 1969 and the Lasker Award in 2005. McCulloch was professor emeritus of the University of Toronto and former Director[…]

modENCODE

Posted by on January 6th, 2011

The modENCODE project (model organism encyclopedia of DNA elements) is a collaborative effort to identify all sequence-based functional elements of Drosophila and C. elegans. The project has now produced almost a thousand data sets with information about transcription, epigenetics, replication and gene regulation across different developmental stages and multiple cell lines. Just before the holidays,[…]

Steering a changing course

Posted by on December 29th, 2010

(This is the editorial from Development’s first issue of 2011. It first appeared on the Development site on December 7, 2010.) As I wrote in last year’s editorial, developmental biology is facing a major revolution with the emergence of the stem cell field, to which many of our best scientists are drawn. Thus, one of[…]

Zebrafish transgenes go ubiquitous

Posted by on December 7th, 2010

The Node’s staff has kindly asked me to write a little “behind the scenes” on our zebrafish paper released today in Development, “Ubiquitous transgene expression and Cre-based recombination driven by the ubiquitin promoter in zebrafish” (http://dev.biologists.org/content/138/1/169). The spark to pursue the project were the first conversations I had in spring 2008 with senior postdocs in[…]

Keeping up with the Node

Posted by on December 6th, 2010

Like more than 500 million people in the world, the Node is now on Facebook . Our foray into Facebook was slightly overshadowed by the British royal family doing exactly the same thing a few weeks earlier, but we can guarantee you that our page will contain far more developmental biology. We’re using our Facebook[…]

V International Meeting of the LASDB

Posted by on November 20th, 2010

Being at the end of the planet Earth and organizing an international meeting is not easy. Even harder is to prepare and hold a course intended for an international audience. But the organizing committee of the Fifth International Meeting of the Latin American Society for Developmental Biology, together with the Society for Developmental Biology, managed[…]

A win for Developmental Biology in Japan

Posted by on November 19th, 2010

Science is held pretty highly in Japan. The country has produced 15 Nobel Prize winners in the science disciplines, including two in the field of chemistry this year. But perhaps a little less in the international press’ limelight is Dr. Yoshiki Sasai, winner of the Osaka Science Prize. This honor is like the Japanese version[…]

SDB at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

Posted by on November 18th, 2010

The Society for Developmental Biology participated in the first USA Science and Engineering Festival held October 10-24, 2010 in Washington, DC.  SDB sponsored four separate events throughout the festival in an effort to share the field of developmental biology with the community.  This included a teacher workshop based on the BioEYES K-12 science education program,[…]

Rock Stars of Science

Posted by on November 17th, 2010

Glamour, fame, red carpets, flashing lights. It’s not what you usually get as a top scientist, but why not? Why should overnight reality TV stars get more attention than people who spent years researching how the world works? This lack of attention to the important role of scientists was a driving force behind the second[…]

the Node update – writers, thumbs, polls, and emails

Posted by on November 8th, 2010

Writing for the Node Have any of the entries on the Node inspired you to add something yourself? Go ahead! We’d like to remind you that you don’t need to ask permission to write for the Node. You also don’t need to wait for us to ask you to write something – although we might.[…]