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Why we need amateur-professional collaborations

Posted by on March 9th, 2015

Could we simultaneously make it easier for professional scientists to do research on tight budgets, and improve public understanding of science, by facilitating professional-amateur collaborations? Not that long ago, amateur scientists such as Darwin, Wallace, and Mendel laid the foundations of modern biology. Today, a few button clicks gives access to vast troves of knowledge,[…]

Outreach activity: The Disgustovision Show, a most gruesome microscopy circuit

Posted by on March 2nd, 2015

How do you build a fruit fly circus? First, you’ll need a glass tank. Its size will obviously depend on how many fruit flies you want to perform – or on what tank is hanging around in the department. You’ll also need a small circus tent, circus benches made from fresh apple slices, a sand arena,[…]

Life’s Blueprint website

Posted by on January 5th, 2015

Dear Colleagues, I recently published a popular book presenting the concepts of embryonic development (Life’s Blueprint: The science and art of embryo creation) at Yale University Press. In addition to the text, I tried to convey the concepts of embryonic development by presenting pairs of images, where one portrays a biological example and the other[…]

Why Not Publish Your Antibody Validation Data

Posted by on December 15th, 2014

Antibodies are frequently used in developmental biology labs, but their validation is crucial to provide the information needed in order to reliably interpret the results of experiments. Antibody validation is also important to help scientists chose antibodies that will be suitable for their experiments, yet the results of these validations rarely get published. To try[…]

Left-right asymmetry, embryonic development, and more

Posted by on August 26th, 2014

Hello there, first time posting on The Node! Every so often Wiley compiles a small selection of recent research on a particular topic, and the most recent is on the topic of developmental biology. This includes some special issues from journals with reviews on: Left-Right asymmetry Embryonic development Cell proliferation and development The first two special[…]

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[…]

Creative morphometrics – so many tools, so little time

Posted by on August 4th, 2014

Nowadays, the hardest thing in science is similar to what we experience in daily life, that is organization and choice. In a virtual plethora of techniques, methods and analyses, an aspiring researcher is faced with a flood of information, achievements and tools of the trade. Especially so with computers. But if it wasn’t for this[…]

Bioimage Analysis 2014 at EMBL, a recap.

Posted by on June 18th, 2014

Last month 39 people from around the world gathered together in the flagship European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany to take part in the Master Course on Bioimage Data Analysis. This was the third edition of the course that had previously been held in Heidelberg and Barcelona, and is aimed at training scientists[…]

Giving scientific ideas a voice (and a video)

Posted by on May 20th, 2014

Explaining new scientific concepts can be a daunting task for anyone involved in outreach. We are constantly trying to come up with ways to explain, show and describe theories and ideas step by step. I’ve recently stumbled across a new app (albeit only available on ipad) called Adobe Voice that could help out scientific communication.[…]

Outreach Activity – Smartphone to Microscope Conversion

Posted by on May 6th, 2014

Development is a fascinating process that few people have a chance to see, let alone photograph! We recently participated with other scientists from the Crick Institute at a Science Museum Lates in London in February. For our activity, we built these inexpensive platforms that convert a user’s smartphone into a microscope screen. We provided zebrafish[…]