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A day in the life of a Capitella teleta lab

Posted by on July 10th, 2018

It’s undoubtedly the middle of summer here in Saint Augustine, Florida. Daily temperatures are soaring into the 90s, and we’re grateful if the humidity dips below 70%. Thankfully, the Seaver lab doesn’t have to contend with much of this heat. Instead, our members are inside, comfortable though busier than ever, mentoring summer interns, piloting new[…]

Lecturer in Biological Sciences (3 posts) – Bangor University

Posted by on July 10th, 2018

  Closing Date: 30-07-2018 Grade: 7 Salary : £32,548 – £38,833 p.a. Contract Duration: Permanent See: https://jobs.bangor.ac.uk for more details The School of Natural Sciences invites applications for three full-time, permanent Lectureships in the broad area of Biology encompassing the full spectrum of genes, organisms and ecosystems. As part of the School of Natural Sciences,[…]

All beauty must die

Posted by on July 9th, 2018

Anna Daneva, Zhen Gao and Moritz Nowack tell the story behind their recent paper in Nature Plants   The transience of flowers is proverbial. Degeneration of flowers is elicited after successful pollination by the onset of seed and fruit development. However, also unpollinated flowers do not last forever – on the contrary, the life span[…]

C. elegans Development, Cell Biology and Gene Expression and 2018 European Worm Meeting report

Posted by on July 9th, 2018

I recently attended the biennial Development, Cell Biology and Gene Expression C. elegans Meeting, this time in combination with the 2018 European Worm Meeting, in Barcelona. C. elegans meetings are always pretty special, defined more than anything else by the strong sense of community between researchers, or, as well like to call ourselves, ‘Worm People’.[…]

Stem cell makes its own niche: the story behind the paper

Posted by on July 7th, 2018

In our recent paper published in Nature, we unravel a new mechanism of an extracellular matrix protein secreted by muscle satellite (stem) cells, thereby playing the unusual role of acting as a signaling molecule to maintain the stem cell population. Here, I share the story behind this discovery and discuss the questions related to niche[…]

Postdoc on Skin Regeneration at MBL, Woods Hole

Posted by on July 6th, 2018

Position Summary: The Echeverri lab at the MBL seeks a highly motivated individual to join the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering as a Postdoctoral Researcher.  The successful candidate will work on the molecular mechanisms of scar free skin regeneration in axolotls. The specific goal of the project is to examine the[…]

Postdoc Position on Comparative Evolution of Regeneration at MBL, Woods Hole

Posted by on July 6th, 2018

Position Summary: The Echeverri lab at the MBL seeks a highly motivated individual to join the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering as a Postdoctoral Researcher.  The successful candidate will work on the comparative evolution of molecular regeneration in various aquatic research organisms. The specific goal of the project is to examine how[…]

The people behind the papers – Martina Nagel & Rudolf Winklbauer

Posted by on July 6th, 2018

Contact inhibition of locomotion is a widespread phenomenon in migrating cells. However, cells often migrate collectively as a sheet, raising the question of how contact inhibition is overcome in these scenarios. A new paper in Development addresses this problem by studying the signals that regulate collective migration in Xenopus leading edge mesendoderm (LEM) cells. We[…]

It’s alive! But what is it?

Posted by on July 5th, 2018

Iain Martyn & Tatiane Kanno share their experiences of the discovery of the human organizer   “It’s alive!”     Iain’s first impressions   “Hybrid human chicken embryos: HALF HUMAN – HALF CHICKEN abomination created in US lab” was my favourite headline reporting on our work1.  While the headline and accompanying article managed to miss the[…]

June in preprints

Posted by on July 4th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related) preprints! This month we found a tranche of preprints getting deep into the mechanics of fly development, a clutch on organoids (retinal, cerebral, cortical!), an investigation into the role of gender in scientific collaboration, and a veritable zoo in our evo-devo section – from[…]

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