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Zebrafish embryo pics

Posted by on August 20th, 2010

Worth 1000 words? http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2010/08/a_zebrafishs_first_minutes_of.html [update 31/8: I added the first of the videos (below) – Eva] (The original paper is in Science) (+2 rating, 2 votes) Loading…

Supplementary?

Posted by on August 19th, 2010

It seems that following on the tracks of Cell Press, which is reducing the maximum number of supplemental figures to one per manuscript figure, now J. Neuroscience is doing away with it altogether. Hooray? I agree that it is not a very good thing at times that the amount of Suppl Figs has risen (or[…]

Changes in Canadian postdoc funding

Posted by on August 17th, 2010

Some Canadian postdocs are awaiting the next academic year with bated breath: will they earn less than they did during their PhD, or twice as much as their colleagues? Canada’s 2010 research budget, announced this past spring, was full of surprises for the thousands of postdoctoral researchers in the country. To promote top-level talent, the[…]

Shared Experiences and Procrastination – An Interview with Jorge Cham

Posted by on August 13th, 2010

Many of you are probably familiar with the web comic Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD), which chronicles the lives of graduate students and perceptively points out some of the peculiarities of academia. Recently, we met up with the comic’s creator, Jorge Cham, and talked about graduate school, recognizable academic situations that cross all disciplines, and[…]

An Interview With Shin-ichi Nishikawa

Posted by on August 11th, 2010

(This interview by Kathryn Senior originally appeared in Development on August 10) Shin-Ichi Nishikawa is Group Director of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, where his stem cell research focuses on understanding the mechanisms involved in cell differentiation. He joined Development as an editor in 2009. We interviewed Shin-Ichi to find out[…]

In the new issue of Development, 137 (17)…

Posted by on August 10th, 2010

The Bicoid gradient, epigenetic control of BMP signalling, haematopoietic stem cells and more…here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: The Bicoid gradient gets into shape without nuclei Morphogen gradients provide key positional information during embryogenesis but how they are established is not well understood. A gradient of the transcription factor Bicoid is[…]

Of White and Ancient Feathers

Posted by on August 9th, 2010

I’ve just come back from a lab retreat in a country house in Sussex, UK. The weather was good and we had our scientific sessions, ranging from discussions on Sonic Hedgehog signaling in the neural tube to the latest super-resolution imaging techniques, outdoors in the courtyard. However, every once in a while, we would be[…]

Development of Sensory Systems: Autumn BSDB2010

Posted by on August 7th, 2010

Before everyone disappears on their summer holidays, I wanted to let you know that there are a few places left at the British Society for Developmental Biology Autumn meeting. The theme is the Development of Sensory Systems and its from Tuesday 7th September to Thursday 9th September 2010 at St Anne’s College, Oxford University (fantastic location[…]

SDB meeting in Albuquerque

Posted by on August 5th, 2010

Today is the first day of the SDB meeting in Albuquerque. The program looks amazing, and I’m looking forward to many of the talks. The meeting is held jointly with the Japanese Society for Developmental Biologists, so many of the attendees came all the way from Japan. Development and the Node are here in Albuquerque[…]

Would you like a zebrafish with your tea?

Posted by on August 4th, 2010

Model organisms never looked so delicious… The baking blog Not So Humble Pie features science cookies made by the author or by her fans. Many of the cookies are biology-themed, and I think the model organisms are my favourites. These zebrafish have edible glitter on them to give them that familiar fishy shine wild-type Drosophila[…]