the community site for and by developmental biologists

Intestinal stem cell regeneration

Posted by on January 5th, 2011

Cancer and stem cells are two very loaded biology concepts, and more frequently can be found in the same discussion.  Stem cells within tumors are able to divide and provide the various differentiated cell types that a tumor requires to thrive.  And, identifying how a normal stem cell divides, or stops dividing, can help further[…]

Funding Opportunity for BSDB members travelling to ES cell course

Posted by on January 5th, 2011

Message from the BSDB, reposted with permission. Keep in mind that the funding opportunities are for BSDB members only, and the final deadline is very, very soon. The poster for the course was posted on the Node earlier. We have the unique opportunity to provide UK BSDB members with funded opportunities to attend an intensive[…]

The Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

Posted by on January 5th, 2011

But you know he’ll always keep movin’ You know he’s never gonna stop movin’ Cause he’s rollin’, he’s a rollin’ stone ~ Baker Street, by Gerry Rafferty (Link to Song on Youtube) Something to ponder. whether you’re a rock star or researcher, you’re bound to be on the road at some point. Seldom do researchers[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 3)

Posted by on January 4th, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the new issue of Development: Wnt/PCP signalling, microtubules and gastrulation During vertebrate gastrulation, convergence and extension (C&E) movements shape the germ layers to form the anterioposteriorly elongated body axis of vertebrate embryos. Non-canonical Wnt/planar cell polarity (Wnt/PCP) signalling regulates C&E by polarising the morphology and behaviour of cells, which[…]

Celebrating NYE with Bioluminescence

Posted by on December 31st, 2010

Let me take you on a Bioluminescent journey across many kingdoms. If you’re not well acquainted with the term, it’s the ability of living things to chemically produce light. It’s also a natural widespread feature to many organisms, from jellyfish to algae, fireflies to fungi. In recent years, it’s become a standard molecular biological tool for[…]

HHMI Biointeractive

Posted by on December 30th, 2010

Each year in early December, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute hosts a series of educational seminars, called the Holiday Lectures, in which researchers explain the very basic concepts of their work. The lectures make a great introduction to a topic, and all past lectures are available on the HHMI Biointeractive site or as DVDs for[…]

Steering a changing course

Posted by on December 29th, 2010

(This is the editorial from Development’s first issue of 2011. It first appeared on the Development site on December 7, 2010.) As I wrote in last year’s editorial, developmental biology is facing a major revolution with the emergence of the stem cell field, to which many of our best scientists are drawn. Thus, one of[…]

Keep up and blog on – my route to the Node

Posted by on December 23rd, 2010

This is the first in a series of posts about careers outside of academic research. See here for more information. To start the series on alternative careers, I’m going to share the story of how I ended up as community manager of the Node. But first I need to bring up a pet peeve: I[…]

GFP, YFP and RFP = Christmas Themes!

Posted by on December 22nd, 2010

The other beauty of Fluorescent Reporter Gene Systems is its unbearable likeness to holiday colours.

An interview with Ben Scheres

Posted by on December 22nd, 2010

(This interview by Kathryn Senior originally appeared in Development on December 21, 2010) Ben Scheres is an expert in plant development. He has been investigating development in Arabidopsis at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, since 1990, where his group uses the root tip as an easily accessible supply of plant stem cells. Ben agreed to be[…]