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Primitive Streak – a fashion exhibit and website

Posted by on February 23rd, 2011

In 1997, sisters Helen and Kate Storey collaborated on a project spanning their respective areas of expertise: fashion design and developmental biology. The result was a highly acclaimed collection of dresses, designed by Helen Storey, that each represent a stage in early development. Recently, the Wellcome Trust renewed funding for the work, and Primitive Streak[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 6)

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Arteriovenous-specific regulation of angiogenesis Endothelial cells (ECs) assume arterial- or venous-specific molecular characteristics at early stages of development. These lineage-specific molecular programmes subsequently instruct the development of the distinct vascular architectures of arteries and veins. Now, on p. 1173, Jau-Nian Chen and co-workers investigate[…]

The Cell: An Image Library

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011

The Cell: An Image Library – a new, free, easy to use library of cell images. Quail Developmental Atlas video Visit: http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/ Post Images: http://www.cellimagelibrary.org/pages/contribute Invite colleagues to LinkedIn group: http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=3733425&csrfToken=ajax%3A8893101144045091654 Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cell-An-Image-Library/201662616514516 (+2 rating, 2 votes) Loading…

News for Node readers and writers

Posted by on February 21st, 2011

Contest reminder The deadline for the Node image contest is creeping closer. Have you sent in your submission yet? Have a look on our Facebook page to get a glimpse of the kind of thing you could win. (Though, presumably, you’re not going to commission the Node logo when you win, so it would look[…]

A Lab Murder Mystery

Posted by on February 18th, 2011

“A researcher is found dead hunched over her lab bench, and seven suspects are in custody. Now it’s up to 30 high school students to determine who killed her.” To quote from the UBC Science newsletter. Don’t be alarmed, this isn’t tabloid fodder. It’s actually part of a high school out-reach program, organized by UBC’s grad student[…]

If Animals Could Speak

Posted by on February 17th, 2011

I’ve no doubt that this is what they’d say: Or maybe this is what they really sound like and Sir David Attenborough refused to share this with us on the BBC. Just for fun! I bet UK residents are very familiar with BBC One’s Walk on the Wild Side. Now to enlighten the rest of the[…]

Around the web

Posted by on February 17th, 2011

The early embryology of the chick Coffee and Sci(ence) features the 90-year-old book “The Early Embryology of the Chick” by Bradley Patten. The book is now out of copyright, and you can find the whole thing online at the Internet Archive. “This book on the development of the chick has been written for those who[…]

From the bench to the science centre

Posted by on February 15th, 2011

During the first year of my PhD, I undertook a small rotation project in the lab of Dr Kim Dale, doing some work with the chick embryo. I did this project to try something a bit different. All my work up until this point had been sub-cellular and mostly within the nucleus. Who knew there[…]

Young Embryologist Meeting 2011 (YEM:2011)

Posted by on February 15th, 2011

The Young Embryologist Meeting 2011 will be held at King’s College London on May 6th, 2011.

Educational game designer: where biology, games, and technology meet

Posted by on February 15th, 2011

When Eva approached me about contributing to this series about how one goes from a PhD in developmental biology and ends up in a non traditional academic career path, I thought it would be a great opportunity. I love my job as an educational game designer at Spongelab Interactive, so why not share the winding[…]