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CENTURI postdoc call 2019 – 5 open positions in Marseille

Posted by on February 22nd, 2019

The Turing Centre for Living Systems (CENTURI) wishes to attract talented postdoctoral fellows to the Luminy campus. To do so, CENTURI will fund up to 5 postdoctoral positions to start in 2019, for a maximum of two years. Postdocs will work in an interdisciplinary life science environment, and have backgrounds in any of the following fields: cell or[…]

1st Crick-Beddington Developmental Biology Symposium 2019

Posted by on February 19th, 2019

On the 4th and 5th of February, the Crick hosted its first Developmental Biology Symposium in honour of Rosa Beddington FRS (1956-2001). Covering themes from embryonic growth to metabolism and aging, the symposium attracted more than 200 delegates from across the globe.     The symposium harnessed an impressive richness in diversity of topics and[…]

Surprise findings turn up the temperature on the study of vernalization

Posted by on February 15th, 2019

Press Release from the John Innes Centre (link) New evidence has emerged about the agriculturally important process of vernalization in a development that could help farmers deal with financially damaging weather fluctuations.     Vernalization is the process by which plants require prolonged exposure to cold temperature before they transition from the vegetative state to[…]

User-friendly p-values

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

A good statistic is the one that you can understand. Mean values are understandable and everybody knows how to calculate them. Most people also realize how the mean value can be skewed by an outlier. So we know what the mean represents and we are aware of its limitations. In sharp contrast, the Null Hypothesis[…]

Clones in bones – Looking for international PhD applicant at Monash University

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

International PhD student opportunity – Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. Monash University Studying the clonal dynamics of cartilage stem cells during normal and perturbed bone growth   Looking for an international PhD applicant to be enrolled in Monash University doctoral program under the supervision of Dr Alberto Rosello-Diez (http://www.rosellodiezlab.com and https://www.armi.org.au/research-leadership/rosello-diez-group). Long bones grow by forming[…]

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Vascular Development at Washington University

Posted by on February 10th, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Vascular Development at Washington University  Seeking applicants for postdoctoral fellowship positions in the lab of Dr. Amber Stratman at Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology.  The laboratory takes a multimodal approach to studying vascular development utilizing zebrafish, specialized 3-dimensional in vitro assays, and genomics to identify pathways[…]

Plant stem cells strive towards equality

Posted by on February 8th, 2019

By George Bassel and Iain Johnston Multicellular organs consist of collections of cells which come together to achieve what individual cells cannot. The establishment of order in complex tissues has long been a subject of interest, dating back to the origins of microscopy itself. Previous studies have proposed rules which predict when a cell will[…]

Hox genes: the key to decipher limb position – the story behind the paper

Posted by on February 6th, 2019

In our recent paper published in Current Biology, we unravel the direct and early role for Hox genes in the regulation and natural variation of the forelimb position in birds. Here I will share with you the story behind this paper. I have always been fascinated by the question of how, from a single cell,[…]

It’s the Father! Paternally expressed BABY BOOM1 initiates embryogenesis in rice

Posted by on January 29th, 2019

The story behind our recent Nature paper ‘A male-expressed rice embryogenic trigger redirected for asexual propagation through seeds‘ For sexually reproducing organisms, the diploid life cycle starts with the fusion of a sperm cell with an egg cell. This process, known as fertilization, results in the formation of a zygote, the first diploid cell from[…]

Vitamin D: Integrating Environmental Cues into the Developmental Program

Posted by on January 17th, 2019

By Amie L. T. Romney and Jason E. Podrabsky from the Podrabsky Lab at The Center for Life in Extreme Environments at Portland State University     Environmentally-induced developmental plasticity provides an opportunity to explore one of the grand challenges of modern biology – identifying mechanisms that link genotype to phenotype. The annual killifish, Austrofundulus[…]