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Scales in scientific images

Posted by on August 6th, 2017

I recently saw drawings by Maria Sybilla Merian at Kupferstichkabinett Berlin and the University Library Dresden. Merian, who lived from 1647 to 1717, is renowned for her exceptional illustrations of biological specimens and gained recognition as a scientist for her nature observations, for example, of insect metamorphosis.     Merian evidently was genius in choosing[…]

Behind the scene of Embryology 2017: not just about the science

Posted by on August 3rd, 2017

Blog post written by Isabelle Vea – 2017 Embryology Student   All 24 of the 2017 Embryology students came to Woods Hole to learn from the best scientists in the developmental biology field. We were immersed in a unique setting to interact with established and promising investigators. In general, each invited lecturer came and spent from[…]

An interview with Jim Smith

Posted by on August 3rd, 2017

To interview Jim Smith I took a train to London and visited the Francis Crick Institute for the first time. The building had opened in 2016 and, by the time I visited, most if not all of the labs had settled in. Architecturally it was quite stunning, especially looking down from one of the higher[…]

Reactions to the CRISPR human embryo paper

Posted by on August 3rd, 2017

A paper published online yesterday in Nature (and ‘leaked’ a week ago by the MIT Technology Review) describes the use of CRISPR in human embryos to correct a mutation that causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The work has hit the headlines and sparked debate about its utility and implications. Collated below are responses from the field (or[…]

The people behind the papers – Giri Dahal, Sarala Pradhan & Emily Bates

Posted by on August 2nd, 2017

Ion channels are famous for their roles in neurons and muscles, but the spectrum of phenotypes seen in ion channel mutants indicate a diversity of roles in development; the underlying mechanisms, however, have remained opaque. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that reveals a link between potassium channels and morphogen[…]

July in preprints

Posted by on August 1st, 2017

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. See last year’s introductory post for background, and let us know if we missed anything This month we found lots of plant preprints and plenty of evo-devo work, as well as a series of preprints characterising features of the genome at distinct stages or places during development. The[…]

In Development this Week (Vol. 144, Issue 15)

Posted by on August 1st, 2017

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   X-citing insights into dosage compensation The non-coding RNA Xist plays a key role in the process of X chromosome inactivation (XCI) and is thus essential for dosage compensation of X-linked genes in females. The 5′ region of Xist RNA contains a conserved element termed the A-repeat that is required for[…]

January 2018: Summer! Beach! New friends and Top Developmental Biologists in course in Chile

Posted by on July 31st, 2017

New fellowships from SDB for students from USA and Canada to attend the International Course on Developmental Biology on January 9-21, 2018 in Quintay Chile. Fellowship for Latin American students will be available as well. Nipam Patel, Alejandro Sanchez-Alvarado, Ray Keller, Claudio Stern, Corinne Huart, Maria Leptin, Andrea Streit, among other will teach, hands-on, the[…]

Stem cell-a-palooza 2017

Posted by on July 27th, 2017

Last month I went to Boston for the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), which was celebrating its 15th birthday. Sally Temple handed over the Presidential reins to Hans Clevers with a reminder of what a remarkable 15 years it had been for the field – induced pluripotent cells (iPSCs), an[…]

Editorial changes

Posted by on July 24th, 2017

This Development Editorial appeared as an advanced online article on 21 July. Olivier Pourquié, Katherine Brown   Here at Development we are very sad to be saying goodbye to two of our editors: Ottoline Leyser and Geraldine Seydoux. Both Ottoline and Geraldine have been valued members of the editorial team since 2011, and we are[…]