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A new view on eye development

Posted by on April 7th, 2011

You’ve seen the news: ES cells generate a 3D retinal structure. But what does this tell us about eye development? In the developing embryo, the first step toward a functional eye is the formation of the optic vesicle from the neural tube. This optic vesicle then invaginates to form an optic cup, which in turn[…]

Meet other Node readers at BSDB meeting

Posted by on April 5th, 2011

We’re trying to gauge interest for an informal gathering of Node readers (in the form of drinks after dinner) at the upcoming BSDB meeting. We have a lot of readers among BSDB members, but don’t know if you’re all attending the meeting this year, and whether you’re interesting in meeting other readers and contributors. You[…]

Intersection Image Contest Winner

Posted by on April 4th, 2011

Congratulations to Stéphane Vincent of the IGBMC in Illkirch, France, who won the Node’s intersection image competition: His image showing staining of a gut section of a E17.5 mouse embryo impressed the judges as well as the Node’s readers, receiving more than half of the votes. Stéphane says: “I took this picture by chance: I[…]

Marion Silies wins GfE thesis award

Posted by on March 31st, 2011

Every two years, the German society for developmental biology (Gesellschaft für Entwicklungsbiologie – GfE) hands out an award for the best PhD thesis of the previous two years. At their society meeting last week, this award went to Marion Silies, for her PhD thesis on glial cell migration. I met up with Marion after her[…]

Seeing Further

Posted by on March 29th, 2011

The Royal Society has collected a series of images that illustrate the moment important scientific discoveries were made. This “Moments of Seeing Further” collection includes a notebook sketch from 1980, contributed by Sir John E. Sulston and depicting cell division in C. elegans – work that contributed to the discovery of the fate map of[…]

GfE/JSDB meeting in Dresden

Posted by on March 24th, 2011

The joint GfE/JSDB meeting is currently underway in Dresden. The organizers have managed to keep the meeting going with a full schedule, despite some delegates from Japan being unable to attend after the earthquake and tsunami earlier this month. Three speakers had to cancel, but their speaking slots were taken over at the last moment.[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 8):

Posted by on March 22nd, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Fishing out adult neural stem cells Adult neural stem cells (NSCs) hold great potential for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases and nervous system injuries. To date, adult neurogenesis has been mainly studied in rodents but, on p. 1459, Laure Bally-Cuif and co-workers use GFP-encoding[…]

Image competition finalists

Posted by on March 21st, 2011

In the Node’s recent image competition, we asked for images related to developmental biology and some sort of intersection – playing on the double meaning of the word “node” in the site’s name. We received as many different interpretations of this theme as submissions, which gave the judges a difficult task. But by looking both[…]

YEN Seminar Next Week – March 24

Posted by on March 17th, 2011

We are delighted to announce the first double-seminar session hosted by the Young Embryologist Network ( on March 24th from 4pm – 6pm (& refreshments afterwards) in the A.V. Hill Lecture Theatre, Medical Sciences Building, UCL. The theme of this session is visualising biological processes and there will be 2 speakers: – Dr Florencia Cavodeassi (Steve Wilson Group, Dept[…]

Travel funding

Posted by on March 17th, 2011

If you’re attending a conference later this year and need help funding your travel, you can apply for one of the Company of Biologists’ Direct Travel grants. The maximum amount of these grants has just been increased to £600 for international travel and £300 for travel in the same country as resident. (The website still[…]