Mission Peluches

A cuddly science outreach project

Chris Wylie and Janet Heasman

An interview with Christopher Wylie and Janet Heasman

limbs and genitals

A TALE OF LIMBS AND GENITALS

ciona

Tissue-specific genome editing in Ciona embryos by CRISPR/Cas9

Mapping the Embryo for Developmental Biologists & Stem Cell Researchers; LifeMap Discovery® – a Roadmap of Mammalian Cell Ontology

Posted by on March 30th, 2014

Understanding how cells differentiate during embryonic development is invaluable for the in vitro derivation of functional cells from stem cells. However, mapping the human embryo, including characterization of all the cell types that make up the developing and mature human body, and of all embryonic progenitor cell types that appear in intermediate developmental stages, is […]
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Free online Life Fantastic CHRISTMAS LECTURES teaching resources

Posted by on March 11th, 2014

The 2013 Life Fantastic CHRISTMAS LECTURES® presented by Alison Woollard from the University of Oxford, explored the frontiers of developmental biology and uncovered the remarkable transformation of a single cell into a complex organism. The three hour long lectures investigated questions such as what do these mechanisms tell us about the relationships between all creatures […]
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Outreach activity – The Animal Pairs Game

Posted by on March 6th, 2014

Everyone loves a game. So here’s a game that flexes that brain muscle, which can be adapted for all audiences, topics and required level of cuteness. Presenting: the Animal Pairs Game. I first produced this for a demonstration event at ThinkTank Museum in Birmingham, a Meet the Scientist day themed around evolution and adaptation. The idea […]
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MySciCareer – first-person stories about science careers

Posted by on February 27th, 2014

It’s been a while since I last wrote on the Node, but I have something to share that ties in to a project I started while I was still the Node’s community manager. In 2011 I commissioned a series of career posts, where people in a variety of different non-research post-PhD careers all described how […]
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GUDMAP – an online resource for genitourinary research

Posted by on February 26th, 2014

GUDMAP (Harding et al., 2011, McMahon et al., 2008) is an open-access atlas-based on-line resource developed by a consortium of laboratories to provide the scientific and medical community with resources to facilitate research and teaching focussed on the murine genitourinary (GU) system. Gene expression data, descriptors of new mouse lines, and other tools can be […]
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Slidecasts and videos from conference on congenital melanocytic nevus

Posted by on February 5th, 2014

Limited time offer! Read on.   As a developmental biologist, I have found my calling in applying what I have learned about normal embryogenesis to better understanding the pathophysiology of various human congenital malformations. Often these are rare diseases, and I work closely with patient associations devoted to those conditions and learning to live with […]
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The Secret to Getting the Postdoc You Want

Posted by on February 4th, 2014

The following is a re-post of an editorial by Society for Developmental Biology President, Martin Chalfie (Columbia University).  It was originally published in the Winter edition of SDB e-news here.  For more Society for Developmental Biology news check out SDB e-news - Winter 2014. I think that one of the scariest parts of being President […]
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Writing tips for Node bloggers

Posted by on January 26th, 2014

We realise that a lot of the people who register for an account with the Node are not experienced bloggers. It can be hard to write your first blog post: What should I write about? What is the best style? How long should a post be? To help you write your first post (or make […]
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Colourful life of a fruit fly

Posted by on January 22nd, 2014

Those lucky scientists, who study organisms which allow live imaging experiments to be effectively performed, do not always appreciate what a luxury it is to watch the tissue of interest develop in time. Scientists who work on less accessible models that take long time to develop to term, look with envy on the beautiful movies […]
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Outreach activity – Extracting DNA from kiwi fruit

Posted by on December 20th, 2013

DNA extraction from fruit is an easy experiment that makes a great demonstration for kids’ science fairs. I ran a DNA extraction stall at Oxford’s Wow!How? family science fair a few years back. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos at the time but I had a lot of fun this weekend recreating the experiment in […]
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