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The people behind the papers: Adam Davis, Nirav Amin and Nanette Nascone-Yoder

Posted by on April 13th, 2017

In spite of our external appearance, our innards are asymmetric. For today’s interview, we feature a paper published recently in Development that provides a cellular and molecular investigation into symmetry breaking in a poorly understood organ, the stomach. We caught up with first authors Adam Davis and Nirav Amin, and their supervisor Nanette Nascone-Yoder, Associate Professor in North Carolina State University, Raleigh,[…]

The Naked Scientists: from stem cells to brain cells

Posted by on April 12th, 2017

Last Sunday evening found me sitting in the BBC Cambridge radio studio, headphones on and mic in front of me, talking about developmental and stem cell biology with Dr. Chris Smith, better known as the naked scientist. Fortunately, both of us were fully clothed. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Naked Scientists,[…]

Postdoctoral position to study annelid stem cells and regeneration at the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris

Posted by on April 12th, 2017

Regeneration, the ability to restore lost parts of the body, is a widespread phenomenon in animals. Whilst this ability is somehow limited in classical developmental model organisms, a variety of animals are able to regenerate complex structures, such as limbs or important parts of their body. Regeneration is often based on the presence of populations[…]

Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Stem Cell Biology and Neural Development

Posted by on April 12th, 2017

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Postdoctoral Research Scholar to join research projects investigating the molecular basis of neurodevelopmental disorders in the laboratory of Kristen L. Kroll at Washington University School of Medicine. Working in collaboration with Washington University’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (http://iddrc.wustl.edu/About/MissionOverview), we use directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem[…]

Postdoctoral position in Hearing Development, Cleveland, OH

Posted by on April 12th, 2017

A  postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Martin Basch to study the regenerative potential of the stria vascularis in cases of congenital deafness. Highly motivated, creative and enthusiastic individuals are particularly invited to apply. Qualifications include a PhD in developmental biology, neuroscience, cell biology or related field. Priority will be given to[…]

The BSDB Beddington Medal Winner 2017: Erik Clark

Posted by on April 11th, 2017

The Beddington Medal is the BSDB’s major commendation to promising young biologists, awarded for the best PhD thesis in Developmental Biology defended in the year previous to the award. Rosa Beddington was one of the greatest talents and inspirational leaders in the field of developmental biology. Rosa made an enormous contribution to the field in[…]

New complexities in relationship between gene mutation and embryo development

Posted by on April 11th, 2017

  A large-scale study of DMDD data has shown that inactivating the same gene in mouse embryos that are virtually genetically identical can result in a wide range and severity of physical abnormalities. This suggests that the relationship between gene mutation and embryo development is more complex than previously thought.     The study considered[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 144, Issue 8)

Posted by on April 11th, 2017

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   A new niche for human HSCs Human haematopoiesis occurs at various anatomical sites throughout development, including the yolk sac, the aorta-gonad-mesonephros region, the liver, the placenta and the bone marrow. Cells marked by high expression of CD34 and low CD45 – suggestive of possible[…]

Medal & Award winners at the 2017 BSCB/BSDB/Gen Soc Spring Meeting

Posted by on April 11th, 2017

As every year, the Spring meeting was the time of awards and medals! This year, we had awardees of three societies who are listed below. For those wanting to have a look at the topics of talks and posters presented at the meeting, please download the abstract book here.   ► Medal Awards BSDB Waddington[…]

The people behind the papers: Dae Seok Eom & David Parichy

Posted by on April 7th, 2017

Macrophages are usually associated with immunity, but have increasingly appreciated functions in development and homeostasis. This week we meet the authors of a recent Science paper that identified a role for macrophages in zebrafish stripe patterning, revealing a remarkable ‘relay’ mechanism whereby macrophages help one type of cell signal to another via cytoplasmic extensions. Postdoc[…]