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Publishing Fly Research

Posted by on May 9th, 2019

Back in January, The Cambridge Fly Club held a symposium to mark 25 years since the publication of the famous Gal4/UAS paper (Brand & Perrimon, 1993 – published in Development); the organisers have posted a meeting report here. As part of this symposium, the organisers asked me to give a talk on ‘Publishing Fly Research’.[…]

You focus on the science, we focus on the logistics

Posted by on May 9th, 2019

The Company of Biologists (Development’s not-for-profit publisher) is currently seeking proposals for Workshops to be held during 2021. The Workshops provide leading experts and early-career researchers from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas. The programmes are carefully developed and are intended to champion the novel techniques[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The Zero Dollar Genome

Posted by on May 9th, 2019

In this episode of Genetics Unzipped we talk to pioneering geneticist George Church about his plans for the ‘Zero Dollar Genome.

The people behind the papers – Julia Brandt, Mary Rossillo and Niels Ringstad

Posted by on May 9th, 2019

This interview, the 61st in our series, was recently published in Development A fundamental aim in developmental biology is to understand how the various cell types of the body are specified by differential gene regulation. Caenorhabditiselegans nervous system development provides a powerful system for studying this, as exemplified by a new Development paper reporting on how the BAG neurons that help[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The case of the missing chromosomes

Posted by on May 8th, 2019

Everyone knows that humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. But back in the 1930s, the correct answer would have been 24. So what happened?

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Darwin vs Mendel

Posted by on May 8th, 2019

In this episode of Genetics Unzipped we ask, what would have happened if Darwin had read Mendel? And what if they’d been on Twitter?

YTRB Network: Worldwide Bridges to Connect Young Tunisian Researchers in Biology

Posted by on May 4th, 2019

The Young Tunisian Researchers in Biology Network: Tunisia is suffering brain drain, especially post Tunisian-revolution (2011). Recent non-official reports say that over 90.000 senior quitted Tunisia since 2012, most of them are doctors, pharmacists and engineers. Aware of considerable role that may Tunisian scientist diaspora could play in the development of Tunisia in general and[…]

Notch awakens: transitioning to the first differentiation step

Posted by on May 3rd, 2019

The story behind our recent paper in eLife.   In the mid-1900s, Conrad Hal Waddington introduced the idea of development as a series of branching decisions taken under the control of genes1. In mammals, the first of these decisions takes place before the implantation of the embryo in the maternal uterus and leads to the[…]

Microscopy Resource Site Community Manager

Posted by on May 2nd, 2019

Journal of Cell Science and its publisher, The Company of Biologists, are seeking to appoint a Community Manager, based in Cambridge, UK, to run a new microscopy resource website. An extensive consultation told us that the microscopy community would welcome a trusted, curated and centralised site to connect people, resources and information. Our exciting new initiative[…]

April in preprints

Posted by on May 1st, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month was notable for a preponderance of plant development preprints, many molecular maps (supported by single cell sequencing), a hearty helping of human development and a multiplicity of (Drosophila) melanogaster mechanics. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and[…]