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The people behind the papers: Jun-Ho Ha, Hyo-Jun Lee and Chung-Mo Park

Posted by on May 11th, 2017

Our 20th instalment of this series comes from South Korea and features an investigation into the molecular basis of how temperature influences developmental transitions in Arabidopsis seedlings, recently published in Developmental Cell. We caught up with joint first authors Jun-Ho Ha and Hyo-Jun Lee, and their supervisor Chung-Mo Park, Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University (SNU), to hear[…]

Funding for clinical translation of tissue regeneration technologies

Posted by on May 9th, 2017

We are pleased to announce the Center for Dental, Oral, Craniofacial Tissue and Organ Regeneration (C-DOCTOR – www.c-doctor.org) RFP that will award funding to promising dental, oral and craniofacial tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies and help them advance toward human clinical trials through customized product development advice and core resources. Please see the full[…]

April in preprints

Posted by on May 9th, 2017

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. See June’s introductory post for background, and let us know if we missed anything   At the end of April, life science preprinting received a boost with the news that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will provide funding for the main preprint server, bioRxiv, which had the week[…]

Making of the nerve cord: The story of telling neural progenitors when and where not to divide

Posted by on May 5th, 2017

Comment on “Anterior-Posterior Gradient in Neural Stem and Daughter Cell Proliferation Governed by Spatial and Temporal Hox Control”, Current Biology 27, 1161-1172 (2017). Ignacio Monedero, Behzad Yaghmaeian, Stefan Thor. Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linkoping University, Sweden.   How cells are generated in proper numbers in order to form specific structures in an organism[…]

Lifecourse Biology Symposium (Sheffield, 13th-15th Sep 2017): From development to disease and the clinic

Posted by on May 5th, 2017

Please consider visiting us in Sheffield for this exciting symposium this September (register at lifecourse.group.shef.ac.uk). The symposium is being organised by Marysia Placzek, Stephen Renshaw and David Strutt on behalf of the Bateson Centre at the University of Sheffield (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/bateson). There is an array of outstanding external speakers already confirmed and the opportunity to present[…]

An interview with John Gurdon

Posted by on May 4th, 2017

On a bright, cold morning at the beginning of March, I went back to the institute I once worked in to interview the man after whom the place was named. Greeting me at the entrance, John Gurdon apologised for being a little late and asked if it was alright to delay the interview for five minutes[…]

New DMM Collection focused on Neurodegenerative Diseases

Posted by on May 3rd, 2017

A growing aging population means that age-dependent neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis are affecting increasing numbers of people, making research into these diseases more important than ever. As a crucial resource for researchers and to showcase the vital research being done in the field, Disease Models[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 144, Issue 9)

Posted by on May 2nd, 2017

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   SEGGA: new software for analysing cell shape and dynamics Changes in epithelial cell shape and organisation are essential for tissue morphogenesis, regeneration and repair. In recent years, advances in microscopy have made it possible to capture these changes in living animals, but the quantitative[…]

Color-blind people are your audience too!

Posted by on April 27th, 2017

Or, please stop mixing green/red Color is a key aspect of graphic design, but for many years was not relevant for scientific figures that were largely black and white. Falling prices for color print and electronic publishing changed this dramatically and scientists now frequently produce multi-colored figures. Using color functionally is not always straightforward but[…]

Recognition and metrics for peer review activity: reviewercredits.com

Posted by on April 25th, 2017

In this post, I would like to introduce to “The Node” our website, reviewercredits.com, launched last July by myself and my friend Robert Fruscio. We are both physicians (I’m in critical care, he is in Gynecological oncology) and several times we chatted about peer review: we always realized how this activity is poorly recognized, despite[…]