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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[…]

Of whales and lice

Posted by on August 3rd, 2010

Imagine an ordinary louse. You might be thinking of the small insects that infest the human scalp and cause intense itching. What you may not know: lice actually exist on great variety of birds and mammals. Even whales have ‘lice,’ which are not closely related to human head lice and are giant in comparison (can[…]

The Intestinal Crypt

Posted by on August 2nd, 2010

It’s not often that the introductory part of a research talk is beautiful as well as informative, but Hans Clevers achieves both by using this video about the intestinal crypt in his presentations. (Click either screenshot to see the video) The video shows how stem cells at the base of the intestinal crypt produce the[…]