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Select a Development cover – round 3

Posted by on June 6th, 2011

The annual Embryology course at Woods Hole starts again this week. Best of luck to all participants! We thought it was an appropriate time to launch the third voting round to choose a Development cover from images taken by the students in last year’s course. Meanwhile, the winning image from the first round – a[…]

My journey from bench scientist to clinical ethicist

Posted by on June 1st, 2011

Four and a half years ago I was introduced to the field of clinical ethics while nearing the end of my Doctorate in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. After attending a talk given by Kerry Bowman, a clinical ethicist at one of the University teaching hospitals, I approached him with some additional questions.[…]

Awards presented at this year’s BSCB-BSDB Spring meeting in Canterbury

Posted by on May 31st, 2011

Each year, three medals to honour extraordinary research achievements in cell and developmental biology are awarded at the joint conference of the British Societies for Cell Biology (BSCB) and Developmental Biology (BSDB). Here on the Node, Eva has recently posted an interview with Carlos Carmona-Fontaine, to whom this year’s Beddington medal was awarded, for his[…]

An interview with Elisabeth Knust: President of the German Society for Developmental Biology

Posted by on May 27th, 2011

(This interview originally appeared in Development) Every two years, the German Society for Developmental Biology (GfE – Gesellschaft für Entwicklungsbiologie) holds a scientific meeting for their members. This year, from 23 to 26 March, their meeting was held in Dresden, jointly with the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists (JSDB). At this meeting, we sat down[…]

BSDB/SFBD Autumn Meeting 2011, 3-6 September, Nice

Posted by on May 25th, 2011

The French Society for Developmental Biology (SFBD) together with the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) organize their 2nd joint meeting. The meeting will take place September 3-6, 2011 in Nice, at the Saint-Jean d’Angély campus located close to the city centre. Leading researchers from Great Britain, France and the rest of the world will[…]

HHMI Documentary Initiative

Posted by on May 25th, 2011

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is launching a documentary film initiative to bring high quality science to TV. Benefiting from HHMI’s direct access to scientific resources and researchers, the $60 million project aims to give the public an accurate overview of the scientific process, while highlighting compelling stories. Recently, HHMI announced that the film initiative[…]

My journey to scientific editing

Posted by on May 24th, 2011

Although I’m no longer working at the bench, I still think of myself as a scientist. During grad school and much of my post-doc, I assumed that I would follow the “grad student to post-doc to professor track” so that I could continue to be paid to learn for the rest of my life. I’ve[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 12)

Posted by on May 24th, 2011

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: How transcriptional silencing goes into reverse The Polycomb group (PcG) machinery silences terminal differentiation genes in stem cell lineages. Reversal of this epigenetic transcriptional silencing is implicated in the selective activation of these genes during differentiation, but little is known about the mechanism of this[…]

Development of electroreceptors: a “sixth sense”

Posted by on May 23rd, 2011

Hi there! My name is Melinda, and I’m a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University in the UK in the lab of Dr. Clare Baker ( I’ve just wrapped up my research trip to work on paddlefish embryos in the southeastern state of Georgia in the United States, generously funding by the Development Travelling Fellowship award![…]

Meeting Report: Young Embryologist Meeting, 2011

Posted by on May 23rd, 2011

Sophie Pryor Institute of Child Health University College London The third Young Embryologist Meeting, which brings together PhD students, Post-Doctoral and Young PI researchers, was held on Friday 6th May at King’s College, London. The meeting was initially established in 2008 by PhD students and Dr Yoshiyuki Yamamoto from the UCL Research Department of Cell[…]