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Where does blood come from in the first place and how is it made?

Posted by on September 14th, 2016

Commentary on Transforming Growth Factor β Drives Hemogenic Endothelium Programming and the Transition to Hematopoietic Stem Cells in Developmental Cell, Volume 38, Issue 4, p358–370, 22 August 2016   Each of us has around 6 pints of blood. The blood contains a number of different types of cells, including oxygen-transporting red blood cells, disease-protecting white[…]


Posted by on August 31st, 2016

(or: how to avoid misleading representations of statistical data)   Recently, a kickstarter project raised more than 3000€ in one month to campaign for banning the wrong usage of bar plots in scientific journals. This demonstrates two important points: a lot of the plots in scientific journals are quite misleading, and, a growing number of[…]

Tackling Differentiated Stem Cell Production

Posted by on August 26th, 2016

This post was originally posted on, Europe’s stem cell hub.   by Julia Turan Part of the fascinating potential of stem cells is their ability to provide replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases. In order to do this most effectively, scientists need to be able to create differentiated cells quickly and accurately. However, making[…]

3D mini-brain sheds light on Zika Virus in the brain

Posted by on June 10th, 2016

The Zika virus is making headlines as a major world health crisis linked to a host of neurological conditions. In the cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barre, the evidence that Zika Virus is the root of the condition is strong enough to be considered causal. Babies born to infected mothers often have microcephaly, a condition that manifests[…]

Cellular conversations

Posted by on June 7th, 2016

We know that cells are the building blocks of our bodies. But they are not like inert wooden blocks. They are complicated tiny machines that communicate with each other to make sure that the many simultaneously occurring processes in our bodies are in order. Stem cells participate in many of these cellular conversations, and a[…]

Visualizing our ‘gut instinct’

Posted by on May 19th, 2016

How on earth do we turn into a living, breathing, singing, speaking being, from just the fusion of two cells? Development is fascinating and mysterious. Stem cells are one component of how this intricate process unfolds, allowing the embryo to not have every type of cell from the start. Imagine if the only way our[…]

New Node banners!

Posted by on May 6th, 2016

As you may have noticed, we have a series of new Node banners (alongside some of our old favourites). As there isn’t really space to give credit to the authors on the banner itself, we thought we would write this short post to give credit where credit is due! Below is the list of the[…]

New 3D anatomy viewer available at eMouseAtlas

Posted by on January 26th, 2016

A new 3D viewer that allows interactive visualisation of mouse embryo anatomy is now available from the eMouseAtlas website ( A slice viewer allows visualisation of anatomy on arbitrary section through mouse embryos – much like a virtual microtome – whilst a 3D anatomy pop-up window allows users to visualise the delineated anatomical components in[…]

Drawing Embryos, Seeing Development

Posted by on January 25th, 2016

  Today, when we want to capture an image given by the microscope we can either snap a photograph of it or obtain a computer-generated image. But prior to when photographic methods began making their way into biology labs and journals, this meant you had to draw it. For embryologists, this meant creating accurate, detailed[…]

Woods Hole images 2014 round 1- vote for a Development cover

Posted by on January 18th, 2016

Every year, students from the Woods Hole Embryology course produce some stunning images. It’s now time for readers of the Node to vote which of images from the 2014 Woods Hole Embryology course will be a Development cover! Below you will find 4 beautiful images from the course. Choose the one you would like to see[…]