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2018 JDB Travel Award

Posted by on October 11th, 2017

  The Journal of Developmental Biology are inviting applications for the 2018 JDB Travel Award. The award is for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to attend a conference of their choice in 2018). The award will consist of 800 CHF (Swiss Francs), and nominations must be in by 15/10/17 Find out more on the JDB[…]

Two birds with one stone: CTCF control of dynamic gene expression during heart development.

Posted by on October 9th, 2017

CTCF binds to chromatin and is thought of as an architectural protein in the genome. If the genome were a text, CTCF would act like the punctuation marks, so that words are grouped together becoming meaningful sentences. When I started my PhD, the Manzanares lab had been fruitfully collaborating with that of Jose Luis Gómez-Skarmeta at[…]

€1000 Travel Award for Life Science Researchers

Posted by on October 9th, 2017

Hi Everyone, I thought I would post our travel award for life science researchers which might be of interest. At Antibody Genie we run a quarterly travel award for Life Science researchers, all you need to enter is to write an 800 word blog piece on your research area or write a piece on your[…]

Converting excellent spreadsheets to tidy data

Posted by on October 6th, 2017

Structuring data according to the ‘tidy data‘ standard simplifies data analysis and data visualisation. But understanding the structure of tidy data does not come naturally (in my experience), since it is quite different from the structure of data in spreadsheets or tables. Here, I explain how to convert typical spreadsheet data to tidy data to[…]

SDB Puerto Rico Research Relief Grant

Posted by on October 6th, 2017

Reposted from the SDB’s website   The Society for Developmental Biology is deeply concerned about the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria to the laboratories of our colleagues in Puerto Rico. In order to facilitate the continuation of research programs in those labs or at another temporary host location, SDB is offering relief grants[…]

Why Independent Antibody Reviews? 5 Problems They Overcome to Facilitate Rigor & Reproducibility

Posted by on October 5th, 2017

  In the internet age, what’s the first thing you do before spending money on anything? Right: Go online and read reviews. Well, the same behavior applies with buying antibodies. We look to publications like “reviews,” to ensure antibodies have produced reliable data in similar experimental contexts.   While sifting through publications is the gold standard for finding[…]

An interview with Jayaraj Rajagopal

Posted by on October 5th, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens appeared in Development, Vol 144 Issue 19   Jayaraj (Jay) Rajagopal is a Principal Investigator at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar, his lab works on the development and regeneration of[…]

The people behind the papers – Simon Lane and Keith Jones

Posted by on October 4th, 2017

Checkpoints ensure that mouse oocytes with DNA damage arrest in meiosis I, preventing non-viable embryo formation, however the mechanisms which activate this checkpoint have so far eluded researchers. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that reveals that the unique ability of mouse oocytes to sense DNA damage by[…]

Worm study reveals role of stem cells in cancer

Posted by on October 3rd, 2017

A new study carried out by the University of Oxford has used flat worms to look at the role of migrating stem cells in cancer Researchers from the Aboobaker lab in the Department of Zoology used the worms (planarians) which are known for their ability to regenerate their tissues and organs repeatedly. This process is[…]

September in preprints

Posted by on October 3rd, 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 features butterfly eyespots, brain development in vivo and in silico, lots on cell commitment in embryos and dishes, a diverse selection of modelling preprints, and, right at the end in our ‘Why[…]