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Biotagging: Behind the scenes (and beyond)

Posted by on May 16th, 2017

“It finally got accepted!”, fol­­lowed by “It’s finally out!” about a month later. I am certain this ‘finally’ feeling about their paper is very familiar to those well-acquainted with the peer review process, and it was no different for our recently published Resource article. The ‘biotagging paper’, as we call it within the Sauka-Spengler lab,[…]

Funding for clinical translation of tissue regeneration technologies

Posted by on May 9th, 2017

We are pleased to announce the Center for Dental, Oral, Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR – www.c-doctor.org) RFP that will award funding to promising dental, oral and craniofacial tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies and help them advance toward human clinical trials through customized product development advice and core resources. Please see the full[…]

Color-blind people are your audience too!

Posted by on April 27th, 2017

Or, please stop mixing green/red Color is a key aspect of graphic design, but for many years was not relevant for scientific figures that were largely black and white. Falling prices for color print and electronic publishing changed this dramatically and scientists now frequently produce multi-colored figures. Using color functionally is not always straightforward but[…]

Recognition and metrics for peer review activity: reviewercredits.com

Posted by on April 25th, 2017

In this post, I would like to introduce to “The Node” our website, reviewercredits.com, launched last July by myself and my friend Robert Fruscio. We are both physicians (I’m in critical care, he is in Gynecological oncology) and several times we chatted about peer review: we always realized how this activity is poorly recognized, despite[…]

STEM Graduates announce partnership with the Science Council

Posted by on March 30th, 2017

STEM Graduates is a graduate recruitment agency and jobs board. We offer permanent salaried roles to students and graduates from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines. We believe these candidates have a unique set of career needs that can only be met by a specialist within this field. We launched STEM Women in 2016 to[…]

A New Way To Look At Human Development

Posted by on March 29th, 2017

  Throughout history, the desire of scientists to understand physiology and disease by thoroughly studying anatomical features, has always faced an intractable limitation: they cannot simply see through the tissue! Dissection has therefore been the modus operandi of anatomists: from Galen’s pioneering studies, to modern day biologists who routinely section tissues to label structures for[…]

Transposons in Embryo Space – TRACER maps in EMAGE

Posted by on February 9th, 2017

A recent publication in Developmental Biology by (Armit et al., 2017) describes how the TRACER dataset can be spatially compared with in situ hybridisation gene expression profiles.   The TRACER dataset of transposon-associated regulatory sensors (Chen et al., 2013) utilises Sleeping Beauty lacZ transposons that have been randomly integrated into the mouse genome Hundreds of[…]

Lifemap: a zoomable interface for exploring the entire Tree of Life

Posted by on January 30th, 2017

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” (Dobzansky, 1973). Our knowledge of the evolutionary relationships between all known organisms, the so-called Tree of Life (ToL), is crucial in all fields of biology. Many researchers in evolutionary biology are working on improving the quality and the comprehensiveness of this ToL. This implies[…]

BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (8)

Posted by on January 24th, 2017

Established  by the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) in 2014, the Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the[…]

The home of the implanting embryo: A 3D perspective

Posted by on January 5th, 2017

Comment on “Insights from imaging the implanting embryo and the uterine environment in three dimensions”, Arora et al, Development 143(24):4749-4754 (2016).   More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates (460-377BC) and Aristotle (384-322BC) described the human uterus as a series of chambers with a lining of tentacles or suckers. They believed that blood vessels connected the breast[…]