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Blastoid: the backstory of the formation of blastocyst-like structure solely from stem cells.

Posted by on June 27th, 2018

In our recently published paper1, we showed that mouse stem cells self-organize into blastocyst-like structures, that we termed blastoids. Because blastoids can be generated in large numbers, can be finely manipulated, and implant in utero, they are a powerful tool to investigate the principles of pre- and post-implantation development. Here is the backstory of our[…]

Matthew Cobb: What makes great biology?

Posted by on January 19th, 2018

Prof. Matthew Cobb (The University of Manchester) Plenary talk given at the School of Biological Sciences symposium on Friday, 12 January 2018 Matthew Cobb is an inspiring advocate and communicator of science, in particular of biology. This is clearly reflected in his books and articles about the history of biology (and beyond), and his various[…]

A fly on the wall account of scicomm in action

Posted by on December 18th, 2017

My name is Charlotte Blackburn; I am a Zoology graduate currently studying at the University of Edinburgh for an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement … yes, that is something of a mouthful! I recently had the opportunity to participate in the droso4schools science communication project of the Manchester Fly Facility, and would like[…]

Unfolding collaboration

Posted by on July 18th, 2017

We came across this video from EuroStemCell describing a project that aimed to increase public awareness of stem cell biology, as well as encourage scientists to get involved in public engagement and interact with other professionals along the way. In their introduction to the video, EuroStemCell give us the background:   “Creative public engagement initiatives are[…]

“STEM for All” – 170 videos of federally-sponsored science research in USA, happening online in video showcase

Posted by on May 19th, 2017

Happening now: 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase! Innovations in science are happening all over the nation! Visit the science videos at the 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase, funded by the National Science Foundation. Interact with the community by asking questions, getting answers, and voting for your favorite video! Support STEM education and let[…]

How a cell becomes a giant: a fluctuation-driven patterning mechanism

Posted by on March 22nd, 2017

Heather M. Meyer1, José Teles2, and Pau Formosa-Jordan2   1 Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology and the graduate field of Genetics, Genomics, and Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853 USA 2 Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1LR, UK   Comment on: Heather M. Meyer*, José Teles*, Pau Formosa-Jordan*, Yassin Refahi, Rita[…]

Meet Our Scientists VIDEO: Marco Milán: “To study how cells communicate with each other, perhaps the best model organism is the fruit fly”

Posted by on February 15th, 2017

The “Meet Our Scientists” video entitled “Our relative the fly” presents the research performed by Marco Millán on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of tissue growth during normal development, tissue homeostasis, and tumorigenesis.     Marco Milán, ICREA research professor, leads the Development and Growth Control Laboratory at IRB Barcelona. In the[…]

Uncovering Non-canonical Roles of E-cadherin Beyond Cell Adhesion

Posted by on February 14th, 2017

Broad perspective Successful division was an essential criterion for establishing the cell as the basic unit of life on earth. Later, cell-cell adhesion made possible the evolution of multicellular life forms. These two fundamental cellular processes co-function throughout the life of an organism, during development, wound healing and tissue regeneration. In epithelial tissues this results[…]

Life’s symphony: a fusion of art and science to display the beauty of development

Posted by on July 26th, 2016

Mark Hintze and Diana Gradinaru introduce their collaborative animation about the wonders of developmental biology.   How are you built?  How do you become the shape and form that you are? How are your arms the same length?  These questions and many others lead me to study for a PhD in developmental biology. Yet, during my PhD I[…]

John Doctor Education Prize—A Best Education Video Competition

Posted by on May 10th, 2016

The Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC) created the John Doctor Education Prize to highlight great developmental biology education research.  In previous years, the committee awarded a prize for the best education poster at the SDB annual meeting.  This year, the PDEC has reinvented the award as a best education[…]