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On segmentation

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Electrifying news for embryologists

In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 15)

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   talpid2: a mystery finally solved The chicken talpid2 and talpid3 mutants display a range of developmental phenotypes including craniofacial and limb defects. Although links to the sonic hedgehog (SHH) pathway had been proposed, the molecular nature of these mutations remained unclear for many years. […]
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Your non-model organism is going extinct

Posted by on July 17th, 2014

“There is no such thing as a non-model organism” R. Behringer This bold statement was announced less than a week into our Embryology course and has left a lasting impression on lecturers and students alike. At first it seemed like a sympathetic statement to the extensive and diverse systems us students were arriving from… “yeah, […]
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Goalward-bound: why biological research is like football

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has mesmerised football fans all around the world over the past weeks, but besides just the fancy footwork on display, we’ve also seen some amazing athleticism. Many of the matches have taken place under scorching, highly humid conditions! Though this might not be foremost in our minds as marvel at […]
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A key component of cell division comes to light

Posted by on June 30th, 2014

Jens Lüders leads the Microtubule Organization laboratory (Photo: Battista/Minocri, IRB Barcelona)  ”la Caixa” PhD student Nicolas Lecland is the first author of the study published in Nature Cell Biology (Photo: Battista/Minocri, IRB Barcelona) A breakthrough at IRB Barcelona fills a knowledge gap in understanding how the cell division apparatus, the mitotic spindle, is formed. The […]
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Obituary: Julian Hart Lewis (1946-2014)

Posted by on June 25th, 2014

This obituary first appeared in Development.   Paul Martin and David Ish-Horowicz look back on the life and work of their long-time friend and colleague Julian Lewis, who passed away on April 30th 2014.   Julian Lewis made unique contributions to several areas of cell, developmental and theoretical biology. He combined a formidable intellect and mathematical training with experimental dexterity […]
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A day in the life of a Platynereis dumerilii lab

Posted by on June 25th, 2014

Hello! I am Maggie Pruitt, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology at Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa, USA – think middle America or fields upon fields). I work in Dr. Stephan Schneider’s evo-devo laboratory, and my work mostly focuses on studying components of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway during early […]
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On segmentation

Posted by on June 24th, 2014

‘Increasing knowledge leads to triumphant loss of clarity’ ‘The study of segmentation: that way leads only to madness’ Alfred Romer (1894 – 1973), Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology and Professor of Biology, Harvard University   Some problems in biology excite such interest as to become symptomatic of a field. This is true, I […]
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In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 13)

Posted by on June 24th, 2014

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Eye’s got rhythm In zebrafish, the circadian clock, which is the internal timekeeper that coordinates multiple cellular, physiological and behavioural processes with the external rhythmic environment, begins cycling very early in development. However, the functional relevance for embryonic and larval development of these early […]
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The colon has a safety mechanism that restricts tumour formation

Posted by on June 23rd, 2014

When adenomas appear in the colon, the same cells of the tissue produce a molecule that neutralizes its progression. Adenomas, which are highly prevalent in the population, provide the substrate on which carcinomas develop.   Barcelona, Monday 23 June 2014.- Colon cancer development starts with the formation of benign tumours called adenomas. It is estimated […]
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Electrifying news for embryologists

Posted by on June 17th, 2014

Electroporation: an efficient technique for embryologists During embryonic development, the specification of different cell types giving rise to the future organs involves a precise spatiotemporal regulation of cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation. Studying these processes requires tools to manipulate gene expression locally in the developing embryo.To this aim, embryologists have widely used the technique of […]
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