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Talking about Science using Comics: A Stem Cell example

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

  “A Stem Cell Adventure” is a comic book about stem cell research, and resulted from a project on science outreach carried out by several researchers at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal (www.cnbc.pt), and funded by the COMPETE Program and the Portuguese science communication agency (Ciência Viva).[…]

Useful databases and resources for developmental biologists

Posted by on August 20th, 2015

As you may have noticed, as part of our recent redesign we created a new Resources section on the site, which you can access via the menu bar. Within this section we have created three pages with links to websites that you may find useful:   – Societies: links to national and international developmental biology societies – Databases[…]

European Advanced School for Mouse Phenogenomics – pushing the boundaries of mouse genetics

Posted by on July 24th, 2015

The laboratory mouse has been a popular model in mammalian biology for obvious reasons and it has contributed to a number of landmark discoveries in biomedical research. Despite this, few courses and summer schools – which train future leaders in this field – focus on mouse genetics. Phenomin, a large-scale French national infrastructure for biology[…]

99 (imaging) problems

Posted by on July 17th, 2015

  Last week, the SDB hosted what may well have been its highest annual meeting – at 8000 feet – in Snowbird, Utah. The atmosphere was fantastic, the talks were phenomenal, and the scenery was just obscene. It was an all-around great meeting, topped with a choir of singing PIs after the conference dinner. Couldn’t get better. If you missed[…]

Resources for Developmental Biologists

Posted by on July 16th, 2015

At last week’s SDB Meeting in Utah, I attended the ‘Imaging Workshop’, which was designed to give attendees an overview of some of the imaging-based resources available to the community, and then to facilitate a free discussion among participants about the challenges – and their potential solutions – in the developmental biology imaging field. Several[…]

Between Genetics and Physics

Posted by on July 15th, 2015

The predominant approach to studying development is based on genetics. In fact, some have gone so far as to argue that many researchers approach the whole problem of development as “the interplay of cell-cell signaling and transcriptional regulation” (Gerhart 2015). However, in recent years there has been increasing recognition of approaches to understanding development that[…]

MorphoGraphX: A platform for quantifying morphogenesis in 4D

Posted by on June 15th, 2015

Quantifying shape, growth and gene expression at the cellular level are key to understanding morphogenesis, i.e. how organs are shaped. Many image processing tools have been developed towards this goal that operate on either 2D or 3D images. 2D tools are fast, easy to use, and typically involve datasets of modest size. However organs and[…]

The atlas of mouse development eHistology resource

Posted by on May 27th, 2015

This Spotlight article was written by Elizabeth Graham, Julie Moss, Nick Burton, Chris Armit, Lorna Richardson and Richard Baldock, and was first published in Development.   The Atlas of Mouse Development by Professor Mathew Kaufman is an essential text for understanding mouse developmental anatomy. This definitive and authoritative atlas is still in production and is essential for any biologist[…]

An illustrated anatomical ontology of the developing mouse lower urogenital tract

Posted by on May 25th, 2015

Georgas et al. have presented a comprehensive update to the anatomical ontology of the murine urogenital system. These updates pertain to the lower urinary tract, genital tubercle and associated reproductive structures, covering stage E10.5 through to adult. The updates have been based on recently published insights into the cellular and gross anatomy of these structures,[…]

Report on GUDMAP Outreach at ISN World Congress of Nephrology (ISN WCN)

Posted by on March 30th, 2015

Report on GUDMAP Outreach at ISN World Congress of Nephrology (ISN WCN) March 13-17, 2015 Cape Town, South Africa Author: Chris Armit Date: 23rd March 2015 Introduction The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) holds biennial meetings throughout the world, and this was the first ISN WCN to be held in Africa. There was attention brought[…]