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Editorial about the Node in Development

Posted by on June 25th, 2010

Coinciding with the launch of the Node, Development Editor-in-chief Olivier Pourquié, Executive editor Jane Alfred, and the Node’s Community Manager Eva Amsen (that’s me!) wrote an editorial for the current issue of Development. It explains why we set up this site, and who is writing and reading it (that’s you!). The picture I added is[…]

The Young Embryologist Meeting, 2010. London.

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010

May 10th 2010 marked the second anniversary of a very young but promising scientific meeting, the Young Embryologist Meeting (YEM). This meeting was organised by a group of PhD students and young post-docs from London interested in developmental biology but open to everyone. Researchers at this level are just beginning to make decisions on what[…]

Selaginella in frame

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010

If you are a plant developmental biologist studying the Selaginella spikemosses, you might be interested in this beautiful animation that shows the life cycle of the Selaginella, Selaginella apoda Life Cycle: Selaginella apoda from Ciaran Moloney on Vimeo. And if you are captured by the simple beauty of this plant, you might also like a[…]

In Development, Vol 137 (Issue 14)

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development. You can find these on the Development site but we thought it would be useful to have them posted on the Node, too. Brainy signals for actin dynamics During brain development, neurite outgrowth and neuronal migration establish the brain architecture needed for brain function.[…]

BSDB-BSCB Meeting Report Part II

Posted by on June 21st, 2010

As announced in my last post, here is part two of the BSDB-BSCB Spring Meeting Report. It deals with two presentations on networks of transcription factors (TFs). During development, such dynamic networks of TFs and signaling molecules establish and maintain the spatio-temporal patterns of gene expression characteristic for the developing tissue. Using high throughput approaches[…]

Teaching embryology to undergraduates

Posted by on June 18th, 2010

I am employed as a graduate teaching assistant for a first year biomedical sciences course at Auckland University in New Zealand. The class is called Cellular and Developmental Biology and my job is to help with tutoring the laboratory classes. For my lab streams I’m the one who stands at the front and gives instructions,[…]

Development editors at the helm of developmental biology societies

Posted by on June 16th, 2010

(Originally posted in Development) Development editors Liz Robertson (Professor of Developmental Biology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford) and Alexandra Joyner (Courtney Steel Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research and Professor in the Department of Developmental Biology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York) are not only actively involved in research[…]

Developing science in a far country: the paradoxes of life …

Posted by on June 16th, 2010

I am from Chile, a country located along the extreme southwestern coast of South America, a beautiful land of happy and courageous people, with an admirable geography however from time to time, some naturally events remind us how small is  our human scale compared with the Mother Earth that gave us life, (“we are children of[…]

Welcome to the Node – a virtual coffee break

Posted by on June 14th, 2010

On one of the walls of the Royal Institution in London is the following quote: “Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break” – Earl Wilson Coffee breaks are not just a good source of information in office communication, but also in science communication. In the mid-nineties, Swiss[…]

Meeting report from the 2nd joint meeting of the SFBD AND JSDB 2010 – “From Cells to Organs”

Posted by on June 13th, 2010

(This was essentially written by Dr. Chris Gordon – see bottom for details, though “Heather” posted it here.) Approximately 320 participants attended the second joint meeting of both the Japanese and French societies for developmental biology at the Institut Pasteur on May 26th to 28th, 2010. Of these, sixty Japanese developmental biologists made the voyage[…]