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BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (19)

Posted by on December 1st, 2017

Established  by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]

OIST Developmental Neurobiology Course 2017

Posted by on November 30th, 2017

Built into the side of a tree covered hill on a remote Japanese island  lies what at first sight appears to be a super-villain’s lair, or perhaps  the HQ of Jurassic Park. In fact we had arrived at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) for their 2 week Developmental Neurobiology Course. DNC is[…]

BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (18)

Posted by on November 30th, 2017

Established  by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]

The people behind the papers – Ross Carter, Yara Sánchez-Corrales, Verônica Grieneisen and Athanasius (Stan) Marée

Posted by on November 29th, 2017

Pavement cells in plant leaves were identified as a puzzle which deviated  from normal cell shape rules by D’Arcy Thompson in his classic text On Growth and Form. Now modern approaches allow researchers to revisit these problems and try to uncover the rules that govern pavement cell topology during leaf development. This week we feature a[…]

BSDB writing competition for PhDs & postdocs

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

In preparation of our upcoming 70th anniversary to be celebrated at the special Spring Meeting in Warwick (April 15th-18th 2018), the BSDB announces a writing competition for its graduate student and postdoc members. We are curious to hear about your thoughts (in not more than 500 words) on one of the following topics: The future[…]

On Growth and Form at 100: The story behind the cover

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

Today marks the publication of Development’s special issue celebrating the centenary of D’Arcy Thompson’s ‘On Growth and Form’. Given the continuing influence of the book’s graphical elements – from its captivating transformation diagrams to its drawings of geometrically stunning invertebrate shells – the Development team knew that the cover of the issue had to reflect this[…]

On Growth and Form at 100: Perspectives from the field

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

What explains the lasting legacy of D’Arcy Thompson’s ‘On Growth and Form’? A century on from the publication of the first issue, we reached out to authors from Development’s special issue celebrating the centenary and asked what the book meant to them.     Arkhat Abzhanov Natural History Museum (London) & Imperial College London “There are[…]

On Growth and Form at 100: An interview with Matthew Jarron

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

In late September I boarded a tiny propeller plane to Dundee to meet Matthew Jarron, who curates the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum. We had seen Matthew speak about On Growth and Form at a Royal Society event over the summer, and realised he would be a perfect person to interview to give[…]

On Growth and Form at 100: Morphogenesis one century after On Growth and Form

Posted by on November 28th, 2017

This editorial by Thomas Lecuit and  L. Mahadevan originally appeared in Development’s Special Issue: On Growth and Form – 100 Years On     Morphogenesis, the study of how forms arise in biology, has attracted scientists for aeons. A century ago, D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson crystallized this question in his opus On Growth and Formusing a series[…]

Embryonic development inspires regenerative medicine

Posted by on November 27th, 2017

The European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) in Barcelona and IRB Barcelona bring together leading scientists in the conference “Morphogenetic Engineering”, an event supported by the BBVA Foundation. The merge of various disciplines of developmental biology is key to enhancing our knowledge of tissue development and repair, processes that find their most direct applications in regenerative[…]