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The people behind the papers: Lijun Chi and Paul Delgado-Olguin

Posted by on June 9th, 2017

Development of the placental vasculature – known as the labyrinth – is critical for foetal development. Today’s paper comes from the most recent issue of Development and addresses the signalling events involved in placental vascular maturation. We caught up with lead author Lijun Chi and her PI Paul Delgado-Olguin of the Hospital for Sick Children and University[…]

2017 MBL Embryology Course underway at Woods Hole!

Posted by on June 8th, 2017

Today marks Day 3 of the Embryology: Concepts & Techniques in Modern Developmental Biology course ( at the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, MA ( 24 students along with faculty, teaching assistants and course assistants arrived over the weekend to embark on a life changing summer experience. Since my days in undergraduate research in[…]

How to color a lizard: from developmental biology to physics to mathematics

Posted by on June 7th, 2017

One of the research topics in Michel Milinkovitch’s laboratory ( at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) is to understand how squamates (lizards and snakes) generate such a tremendous variety of colours and colour patterns.     Colours The colour of a lizard’s patch of skin is generally the result of the combination among structural and[…]

An interview with Hiroshi Hamada

Posted by on June 5th, 2017

This interview by Katherine Brown first appeared in Development, Volume 144, Issue 11. Hiroshi Hamada is the Director of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan. His lab focusses on the establishment of left-right asymmetry in the mouse embryo, and the role of cilia in the symmetry-breaking event. Hiroshi’s work has been recognised[…]

May in preprints

Posted by on June 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 This month featured a host of preprints on plants, stem cells, connectomics and modelling. Plus the first preprint from Nobel laureate and recent Development interviewee Eric Wieschaus, an introduction to the concept[…]

Vote for a Development cover – Woods Hole Images 2015, Round 2

Posted by on May 31st, 2017

The Woods Hole Embryology Course, which will celebrate its 124th birthday this year, is a continual source of beautiful images (and videos) of development. Since 2011 the Node has run a competition for the community to pick the best images from a given year –  the winning pictures become immortalised as Development covers. Below you will find 4 images from[…]

Grant writing tips for PhDs and Post Docs

Posted by on May 30th, 2017

Like most things in life, research requires funding and scholarships. This becomes increasingly apparent as researchers progress through their career. At some point, everyone has to jump on the funding treadmill. For many researchers, the first experience of a grant application process may be applying for postgraduate scholarships for their masters/PhD. While I never pursued[…]

One week left to register to the Developmental Biology Gordon Research Conference

Posted by on May 30th, 2017

The programme ( covers a wide a range of exciting subjects such gene regulatory networks, mechanics, stem cells, regeneration, organoids, and evolution. The conference will be preceded by a two-day symposium designed exclusively for students and post-docs. (+2 rating, 2 votes) Loading…

Going format-free

Posted by on May 30th, 2017

This Editorial originally appeared in Development, Volume 144, Issue 11   Katherine Brown, Olivier Pourquié   As some readers will already be aware, we have recently introduced a new ‘format-free’ submission policy. We’ve been delighted by the early feedback on this – from what we’re hearing, this has been a popular move and will help make[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 144, Issue 11)

Posted by on May 30th, 2017

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Getting MAD in meiosis In meiosis I, homologous chromosomes must pair and form crossovers to ensure appropriate chromosome alignment and segregation. During this process, as in mitosis, the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) functions to detect misaligned chromosomes at metaphase. This delays anaphase to enable[…]