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Biology lecture posters

Posted by on October 21st, 2010

One of my (many) geeky passions is the overlap between art and science: Science as art (think of the Nikon image competition) or art inspired by science. That last category includes these lecture announcement posters from UNC Chapel Hill. Poster for a recent lecture by Peter Wilf The posters are designed by developmental biologist Bob[…]

Building blocks

Posted by on October 19th, 2010

Somites are the building blocks of the vertebrae, skeletal muscle and dermis…literally and figuratively.  Somites define the segmented features of vertebrate embryos, and are repeated blocks of epithelial cells formed sequentially, from anterior to posterior, and at regular intervals on either side of the neural tube.  A paper in the November 1 issue of Development[…]

Tree of Life – biodiversity linked

Posted by on October 18th, 2010

From Arabidopsis to zebrafish, every species –living and extinct – is linked to every other species. Not just metaphorically, but also literally on the Tree of Life website, which ambitiously aims to create a linked database with information on every species and group of organisms. (Image from Tree of Life, used under Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported[…]

Axon guidance, synaptic plasticity and regeneration meeting report

Posted by on October 13th, 2010

Cold Spring Harbor axon guidance, synaptic plasticity and regeneration conference meeting report. Great weather, loads of interesting science and plenty of drunken dancing…what more could you want from a conference.

Nippon

Posted by on October 12th, 2010

Dear Reader, My name is Dávid Molnár, I’m a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Morphology and Developmental Biology at Semmelweis University (Budapest, Hungary). I’d like to share the story of my summer internship with You! Thanks to the generous offer of Guojun Sheng, the team leader of the Laboratory for Early[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 137, Issue 21)

Posted by on October 12th, 2010

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Oct1: essential for trophoblast development Most POU family transcription factors are temporally and spatially restricted during development and play pivotal roles in specific cell fate determination events. Oct1 (Pou2f1), however, is ubiquitously expressed in embryonic and adult mouse tissues; so, does Oct1 have a[…]

FASEB Excellence in Science Award for Gail Martin

Posted by on October 7th, 2010

The FASEB Excellence in Science Award is awarded annually to a woman whose research has made an exceptional contribution to the field of biological sciences. In 2011, this award will go to developmental biologist Gail Martin, of the University of California, San Francisco. Martin’s current work focuses mainly on the role of FGF signalling in[…]

American plant research gets a boost

Posted by on October 7th, 2010

In the US, basic plant research is relatively underfunded compared to other fields, with most of the available money going directly towards the development of practical agricultural applications. Last year, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) organized a meeting called “Future Horizons in Plant Science”, where select scientists in the field concluded that there was[…]

Stunning cysts

Posted by on October 6th, 2010

Hello to all of you Node readers!  My name is Erin Campbell and I’m the blogger behind HighMag Blog, a blog that features cell biology images a few times a week.  The great Eva Amsen contacted me about featuring some images on The Node, so I’m excited to be part of this growing community forum. […]

Nobel Prize for Robert Edwards

Posted by on October 4th, 2010

Robert Edwards has just been announced as winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for his work on in vitro fertilization (IVF) We speculated about the winners a few weeks ago, and he was not among anyone’s guesses, but this is a very exciting and timely choice. Just last Friday I mentioned[…]