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Muscular forces shape bone circumference

Posted by on July 13th, 2011

The massive cow femur I keep on a shelf right in front of me in my office clearly demonstrates that the shaft of a long bone is anything but a straight, smooth, symmetric tube. It is unevenly flattened and covered with ridges and grooves, bulges and depressions. This extremely intricate topography matches perfectly with adjacent[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 15)

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: BMP signalling rolls up in the neural tube During neurulation, polarised cell-shape changes at hinge points – specialised regions of the neural plate – help convert the neural plate into a tube. But how are these cell-shape changes regulated? To answer this question, Seema[…]

Wellcome PhD – Lab 2: Tea at the poles

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

This is my personal report on the second of three laboratory projects which I have undertaken during the rotation year of my 4-year Wellcome Trust PhD. I studied how yeast come in more shapes and sizes than you might have imagined. How do cells know which way is up? This is one of the most[…]

Keeping an Open Mind – A Scientist’s Quest for Positive Change

Posted by on July 12th, 2011

I am the founder and CEO of DataGiving. I founded DataGiving whilst completing my Ph.D. in Genetics at the University of Cambridge. I have always been passionate about helping people. After completing my Bachelors degree in Psychology, I worked as an Assistant Psychologist at St Marys Hospital in London, helping adults with severe mental health[…]

Stem cell research in Qatar

Posted by on July 11th, 2011

There’s an interesting interview in Nature News, with Abdelali Haoudi – the vice-president for research of the Qatar foundation. Qatar opened a biomedical research institute a few years ago, and is now looking to expand this with a stem cell institute. The situation in Qatar is almost opposite of that of many other countries:  they[…]

Select a Development cover – round 4

Posted by on July 11th, 2011

The Embryology course at Woods Hole is still ongoing, and you can read more about what they’ve been up to so far in David Gold’s post. The images below are the last of last year’s course images that have a chance at appearing on the cover of Development. Which of these images will be next[…]

Greetings from the 118th Embryology Class

Posted by on July 6th, 2011

Twenty-four of us have been working for the past five weeks, studying development in a variety of contexts and organisms at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.  The area is beautiful, but we don’t have much time to enjoy it.  This is a very intense course, we have lectures from 9am to noon,[…]

the Node survey

Posted by on July 5th, 2011

Since its launch in June 2010, the Node has attracted thousands of visitors. Some have visited only once, others return every day. Some have written on the site, others only read. No matter which group you belong to, we now want to hear from YOU how your experience on the Node has been. We’ve created[…]

Cinematic Highlights at the BSDB Meeting 2011

Posted by on July 5th, 2011

As promised, in this final part of my meeting report on the BSCB-BSDB Spring Conference 2011 I will highlight a couple of talks which came with visual effects – studies involving live imaging. I prefer to watch these movies in seminars rather than downloading them with a paper because getting live explanations can make things[…]

Meeting the worm community

Posted by on July 1st, 2011

Last week I attended the 18th international C. elegans meeting at UCLA, organised by the Genetics Society of America. Having done most of my scientific training with mammalian cell culture, I had never been to an organism-specific meeting – let alone one about worms – and I was curious to find out what it would[…]