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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 (www.emouseatlas.org/). 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 2015 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[…]

Making and re-making the brain

Posted by on December 23rd, 2015

  The three-pound lump under our skulls that allows us to speak, run and function in our daily lives is a mass of dozens of types of minuscule cells joined in an intricate web of communication. We pop out of the womb with our brains ready for us to interact with the world, but throughout[…]

The Node’s DevBio Quiz!

Posted by on December 17th, 2015

How well do you know your developmental biology images? Can you tell your frogs from your flies and your limbs from your antennae? Here at the Node we’ve come up with a quiz to find out!   It’s very easy: we’ve collected a few images of embryonic structures, and all you have to do is[…]

Organ Design 101: Discovering the rules for building a pancreas

Posted by on November 19th, 2015

As we develop from wads of cells to fully formed humans, each of our organs goes through intricate processes to achieve the right combination and number of cells arranged in the proper way. Research published in PLoS Biology by Yung Hae Kim and her colleagues looks at the development of our hormone-oozing pancreas, which assists[…]

NIMR Canvas -Patches from the developmental biologists at NIMR

Posted by on April 20th, 2015

The MRC National Institute for Medical Research has celebrated its centenary in 2014. On 1st April 2015 NIMR ceased to exist, as it became part of the new Francis Crick Institute. To commemorate this event, I proposed to produce a textile artwork as a lasting memento of NIMR. Each current research lab, support section and[…]

Woods Hole images 2014 round 3- vote for a Development cover

Posted by on February 10th, 2015

Time for the slightly delayed third round of images from the 2013 Woods Hole embryology course! Below you will find 4 beautiful images from the course. Choose the one you would like to see in the cover of Development by voting on the poll at the end of the post (you can see bigger versions by clicking[…]

A new set of Node postcards!

Posted by on October 20th, 2014

Every year we give you a chance to choose from sets of beautiful images taken by the students at the MBL Woods Hole embryology course. The most voted image then features in the cover of Development. The images from Woods Hole are always beautiful, and to showcase them last year we produced a set of four Node[…]

Accelerated Frogs: Developmental Biology meets Particle Physics

Posted by on August 20th, 2014

I previously wrote a post about the development of a 4-D X-Ray Tomography technique for imaging early Xenopus embryos. Frog embryos are opaque due to their yolky composition and this has proved a challenge for traditional optical microscopy of events in the early stages of Xenopus embryo development. However Julian Moosmann, Ralf Hofmann and Jubin[…]