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Posted by on July 10th, 2017

Here we highlight some developmental biology related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists.         Jacky Goetz, who works on intravital imaging methods and biomechanical forces during tumour development, was featured as a Cell Scientist to Watch   David Bryant and Aaron Johnson reported from The Company of Biologists’ workshop ‘Intercellular interactions in[…]

Gordon Research Conference- Developmental Biology 25th-30th June, 2017

Posted by on July 9th, 2017

As any early career researcher will know, attending your first big scientific meeting is a memorable event in your academic life. Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Gordon Research Conference in Developmental Biology, held in sleepy South Hadley, two hours outside Boston, Massachusetts. For anyone who wasn’t local, the two hour drive[…]

The forces that shape us: Mechanics of mammalian neural tube morphogenesis

Posted by on July 7th, 2017

Introduction to the biomechanics of neurulation Those of us who go to the gym are accustomed to thinking of mechanical forces shaping our bodies. Physiological (e.g. determination of bone mass and architecture), pathological (e.g. aneurysm rupture) and even socio-cultural (e.g. lip plates of the Mursi tribe) examples come to mind. The form of most of[…]

An interview with Bill Harris

Posted by on July 6th, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens originally appeared in Development, Volume 143, Issue 13.    William ‘Bill’ Harris is Head of the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Fellow of both the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences. His lab works on the development of the vertebrate[…]

June in preprints

Posted by on July 5th, 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 We started this feature a year ago, and each month it’s taken a little longer to curate as more labs decide to deposit preprints alongside conventional channels of publication, and as this[…]

The Drosophila fly brings to light the role of morphogens in limb growth

Posted by on July 5th, 2017

• Scientists at IRB Barcelona clarify the function of the genes that drive wing development in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. • Published in the journal eLife, this study unveils that the Dpp morphogen is necessary for wing growth but that its gradient does not govern this process. • Understanding the development of limbs in[…]

In Development this Week (Vol. 144, Issue 13)

Posted by on July 4th, 2017

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Heart tube formation: a gut reaction Morphogenesis of the endoderm-derived foregut (FG) is tightly linked to that of the mesoderm-derived heart tube (HT), with both structures arising at approximately the same time and place in the developing embryo. However, the physical forces that create[…]

A day in the life of a modern Lernaean Hydra…

Posted by on July 3rd, 2017

I am Eleni Chrysostomou, a PhD student in Uri Frank‘s lab at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The Frank lab’s general interest is development and regeneration, stem and germ cell biology, neural fate commitment, and the chromatin biology underlying these processes. The focus of my project is the roles of SoxB transcription factors (TFs)[…]

Woods Hole images 2015, Round 2 – The winner

Posted by on June 21st, 2017

The votes are in for our latest Development cover competition with entries from the 2015 class of the Woods Hole Embryology Course.  With 333 votes counted, we have a winner: 4th Place (13% of the votes) – Drosophila 3rd Place (25% of the votes) – Skate 2nd Place (26% of the votes) – Parhyale 1st Place (36% of the votes) – Crab  […]

Photo Contest

Posted by on June 21st, 2017

Hello everyone!! My name is Nadia Edelsztein and I am a PhD student from Argentina working in the Reproductive and Development field! I am addressing you all to ask for a big favour. I entered a photo contest a couple of weeks ago, held by the institute where I used to learn German. The idea[…]