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Downtime for server maintenance

Posted by on September 21st, 2010

From 4PM UK time on Wednesday September 22nd, the Node’s server is going down for some maintenance. Work will continue for several hours, and will cover most of the working day in North and South America. Apologies for the inconvenience. I’ll schedule some things to appear on the Node’s Twitter account to read while the[…]

On the first days in China…

Posted by on September 17th, 2010

I’m going to collect dates from my travel journal and batch post the most interesting bits.  See this post for my introduction and an explanation for all of this. Enjoy! May 12, 2007 Beijing, China The flight was outrageously long, but uneventful once I boarded. I didn’t find out until I got to Logan airport[…]

Development Travelling Fellowships

Posted by on September 16th, 2010

Hello Node Community: I would like to inform you about the Development Travelling Fellowships. Are you a Graduate student or Post-doc wishing to make a collaborative visit to another lab? You can apply to Development to fund your travelling expenses. Development offers up to £2,500, you do of course have to be working in the[…]

Research in the land of rising sun…

Posted by on September 14th, 2010

I am a graduate student from Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India. I wish to share some of my work and life experiences in Japan from a recent visit. Our lab works on development and evolution of insect wings. I am interested in understanding the development of lepidopteran wings using Bombyx[…]

Chicken, blogger, farmer, scientist

Posted by on September 13th, 2010

Here’s an uplifting story about how a farmer and a developmental biologist met online and started a collaboration. Earlier this month, I attended the annual Science Online conference in London. This year’s speakers included Sir Martin Rees of the Royal Society, former Member of UK Parliament Evan Harris, and a good selection of people who[…]

Oh my, what big feet you have…

Posted by on September 10th, 2010

Hello Node folks.  My name is Kim Cooper, and I’m a postdoctoral fellow with Cliff Tabin at Harvard Medical School.  I recently spoke at the SDB meeting in Albuquerque, and Eva Amsen approached me about contributing to the Node.  The primary reason is because I’m working on a fun animal that takes me off to[…]

An Interview With Ken Zaret

Posted by on September 9th, 2010

(This interview by Kathryn Senior originally appeared in Development on September 7, 2010) Ken Zaret is Joseph Leidy Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, the Associate Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the Co-Director of the Epigenetics Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He agreed to be[…]

Scheduled down time

Posted by on September 9th, 2010

The server that the Node runs on is going to receive some general maintenance between 6:30 PM UK time tonight and early tomorrow morning. This may affect our visitors in North America (and the early risers at the other end of the Pacific) so please be patient if anything seems to not be working during[…]

the Node update – Jobs

Posted by on September 7th, 2010

New format for job postings You may have noticed some job ads for postdocs appearing on the Node. Until today, these ads appeared with the rest of the posts, but we now changed how job ads are displayed on the Node, to make them stand out from the rest of the content. This makes it[…]

In Development this week (Vol 137, Issue 19)

Posted by on September 7th, 2010

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Nr5a receptors reset EpiSC pluripotency Rodent embryonic stem (ES) cells that are derived from blastocysts self-renew without mitogenic growth factors and robustly colonize chimaeras, whereas egg cylinder-derived stem cells (EpiSCs) require fibroblast growth factor and contribute poorly to chimaeras. Nevertheless, expression of a single[…]