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First cover image winner: sea urchin

Posted by on March 8th, 2011

Congratulations to Sarah A. Elliott (University of Utah) and Nobuo Ueda (University of Queensland), whose image of a sea urchin eating seaweed will appear on a cover of Development later this year. Mouth of an adult sea urchin feeding on a fragment of seaweed. The image is a still from this timelapse: It was a[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 7)

Posted by on March 8th, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: A breath of fresh air: miRNAs regulate lung development Throughout development, a proper balance between the proliferation and differentiation of progenitor cells is essential but the gene regulatory networks that control this balance are only partly understood. Here, Edward Morrisey and colleagues report that[…]

iPSC timeline

Posted by on March 3rd, 2011

Science writer Ed Yong put together an interactive timeline of breakthroughs in the field of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), inspired by a manifesto that called for more clarity in the media about the way scientific research is carried out. The timeline puts individual news articles about iPSC into a much broader context. Reprogrammed stem[…]

iPS or transdifferentiation

Posted by on March 2nd, 2011

The discovery of iPS made headlines the world over, and rightly so. But recently, transdifferentiation between somatic cell types has also been the focus of  considerable attention. A couple of Nature papers this year have reported that transdifferentiation is even possible between lineages arising from different germ layers – something that not everyone thought could[…]

The EMBO Meeting 2011 – Abstract submission and registration now open

Posted by on March 1st, 2011

10 – 13 September 2011, Vienna, Austria Featuring more than 120 world-class scientific speakers, including: Richard Axel, Susan Lindquist, Eric Wieschaus and Giacomo Rizzolatti. Three plenary lecture sessions: microbiology of infection, genome evolution and neuroscience. 21 concurrent sessions juxtaposing classical fields of research with those exploring new frontiers in molecular biology. Daily poster sessions, career[…]

Select a Development cover image from the Woods Hole course

Posted by on February 28th, 2011

Last summer you’ve been able to follow the experiences of a few of the students of the Woods Hole embryology course on the Node. You could tell from their stories that they learned different imaging techniques and studied a range of unique organisms. The images produced in this course deserve a much wider audience, so[…]

Image contest deadline extended (and other image news)

Posted by on February 25th, 2011

Good news if you were rushing to get your images in in time for our image competition: we’ve extended the deadline to March 15. We’ve seen all sorts of unique interpretations of the theme “intersections” as applied to developmental biology among the submissions so far. Make sure to send yours in, too – you just[…]

BSCB-BSDB Meeting 2011 – Early Bird Deadline Approaching

Posted by on February 24th, 2011

Don’t miss the early bird registration deadline for this year’s BSCB-BSDB meeting. To receive the discounted price make sure you’re registered by Friday 4th March. The conference is the annual main meeting of the British Societies for Cell and Developmental Biology. This year it will be at Kent University in Canterbury from 27-30 April 2011.[…]

Primitive Streak – a fashion exhibit and website

Posted by on February 23rd, 2011

In 1997, sisters Helen and Kate Storey collaborated on a project spanning their respective areas of expertise: fashion design and developmental biology. The result was a highly acclaimed collection of dresses, designed by Helen Storey, that each represent a stage in early development. Recently, the Wellcome Trust renewed funding for the work, and Primitive Streak[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 6)

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Arteriovenous-specific regulation of angiogenesis Endothelial cells (ECs) assume arterial- or venous-specific molecular characteristics at early stages of development. These lineage-specific molecular programmes subsequently instruct the development of the distinct vascular architectures of arteries and veins. Now, on p. 1173, Jau-Nian Chen and co-workers investigate[…]