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A walk in the park is a walk amongst development

Posted by on March 10th, 2011

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The amazing neural crest

Posted by on March 9th, 2011

The power of stem cells lies in the ability to give rise to many different cell types.  The stem cells found in the neural crest are no exception, and a recent Development paper describes the importance of Foxd3 in maintaining self-renewal and multipotency of these stem cells, and in regulating the fate choice of these[…]

Interview with Wellcome Image Award Winners

Posted by on March 9th, 2011

The 2011 Wellcome Image Awards were announced a few weeks ago, and developmental biology is well-represented in this year’s gallery, with images featuring cell division in plants, fish eye development, blastocysts, a developing mouse kidney, chromatin density in chromosomes, caterpillar prolegs, and a mouse embryo animation. On February 23rd, the awards were announced at an[…]

The Third USNCB Symposium on Frontiers in Biomechanics: Mechanics of Development

Posted by on March 8th, 2011

The Third USNCB Symposium on Frontiers in Biomechanics: Mechanics of Development June 21, 2011, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA In the fields of tissue engineering, synthetic biology, and regenerative medicine, much can be learned by studying how nature creates tissues and organs in the embryo. Accordingly, the last decade has seen rapidly expanding interest among[…]

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[…]