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An Informative Career Day at The EMBO Meeting in Vienna

Posted by on September 10th, 2011

What shall I do, and once decided, how can I get my dream job after completing my PhD or postdoc, especially if I don’t want to become a group leader? Questions many of us ask ourselves sooner or later, and there are more options than the pessimistic among us might be able to imagine. These[…]

Satellite cells muscle their way into the stem cell spotlight

Posted by on September 8th, 2011

Researchers have long known about regeneration of injured muscles, and have debated about the exact source of the muscle stem cells that perform this amazing feat.  A group of papers in a recent issue of Development shine a stem cell spotlight on satellite cells. Following injury, skeletal muscles are regenerated by muscle stem cells, but[…]

Optical clearing with Scale

Posted by on September 8th, 2011

Transparency. A desirable virtue in many walks of life, and a particularly useful trait in developmental biology.  Model organisms that are see-through offer unique advantages, especially when it comes to detailed 3D imaging. A new report in Nature Neuroscience offers a potential advance in this area. Researchers from Japan have stumbled upon a novel aqueous[…]

Turtles in a nutshell

Posted by on September 7th, 2011

Turtles are peculiar vertebrates. They have a compact skull with no temporal openings, a beak instead of teeth, a contractible neck, and a shell covering its trunk. The famous turtle shell is composed of two halves, a plastron (ventral) and a carapace (dorsal). The latter is an exquisite arrangement of vertebrae and fan-shaped ribs with[…]

Leaving the lab: career development for developmental biologists

Posted by on September 6th, 2011

Over the past months, we’ve heard from several people who left research for a career away from the bench. Now, a summary of all these posts appears in Development, followed by some tips for graduate students, postdocs, and their supervisors. Below is the full text of the article, but it’s also free on Development, and[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 19)

Posted by on September 6th, 2011

Here are the research highlights form the current issue of Development: Modelling liver development with ES cells: HNF4A is key Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), via their ability to differentiate into a plethora of cell types, offer an attractive approach for regenerative medicine, but they also offer a means of studying cell differentiation, and hence[…]

Node updates

Posted by on August 31st, 2011

Survey As you know we carried out a survey about the Node this summer. Thank you to those who answered our questions! It was very helpful. We’re currently analysing the results, and you can expect a report on the Node soon. One lucky survey participant, Greg Shanower of The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Philadelphia[…]

Better late than never… 70th SDB meeting report

Posted by on August 31st, 2011

Thanks to the support from the Company of Biologists I had the opportunity to attend the 70th SDB meeting that was held last month in the hot but wonderful city of Chicago. During three days we enjoyed more than 60 excellent talks and about 500 really good posters that were focused on different aspects of[…]

September desktop calendar

Posted by on August 30th, 2011

We’re as surprised as you are that September starts in a few days! Time to get a new desktop calendar. While it may look like an African violet, this is actually a staining of the four-cell stage of a slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata) just about to cleave to the eight-cell stage. This image, taken by[…]

7th European Zebrafish Meeting

Posted by on August 29th, 2011

During the European summer Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, is famously the place to be at while it hosts its world-renowned Festival. But this year it is also the place where the European Zebrafish Meeting was celebrated. The efforts of the Local and International Organizing Committees of the 7th European Zebrafish Meeting made this possible. As[…]