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Company of Biologists Workshop – Growth, Division and Differentiation – Day 3, morning session

Posted by on October 5th, 2011

Better late than never! This excellent workshop took place a couple of weeks ago, but it is still nice to have a record of what was discussed, here on The Node. Fabienne Pituello started the day by describing how the Shh pathway can induce cell cycle regulators such as Cdc25b to increase the rate of[…]

Node survey results

Posted by on October 5th, 2011

A few months ago we ran a survey on the Node to ask how you used the site, and if you had any suggestions. First of all, a big thank-you to all of you who took the time to answer our questions. As promised, we held a random draw among the survey participants: the winner[…]

Today’s Nobel Prize is not immune to developmental biology

Posted by on October 3rd, 2011

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has just been announced, and the winners are Bruce Beutler (The Scripps Research Institute), Jules Hoffmann (University of Strasbourg) and Ralph Steinman (Rockefeller University), for their research on the immune system. [Update 14:04: Just heard that Ralph Steinman died of pancreatic cancer this weekend. Committee still deciding[…]

This month on the Node – September 2011

Posted by on September 30th, 2011

What was new on the Node this month? Here are a few of the highlights from September: EMBO meeting Natascha Bushati attended the EMBO meeting, and wrote several posts as one of their certified bloggers, including two interviews that are definitely worth a read: one with Janet Rossant, and a joint interview with Eric Wieschaus[…]

October desktop calendar

Posted by on September 29th, 2011

It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time to download next month’s desktop calendar. Put it on your own computer and/or on the computers in your lab. There, now you’re all ready for October! Mouse embryo showing Wnt1/Cre-YFP transgene (yellow), 2H3 antibody (red), and DAPI (blue). This image, taken by Elsa Denker of[…]

Company of Biologists Workshop – Growth, Division and Differentiation – Day 2

Posted by on September 26th, 2011

-By Nitin Sabherwal, Eugen Nacu, Heike Laman, Irene Gutierrez Vallejo and Anna Kicheva The second day of the workshop has finished and it is the reporting time now. We had a wonderful day with fantastic talks and a nice walk around the area. The weather had also been beautifully supportive for these kinds of excursions[…]

PhD Movie

Posted by on September 26th, 2011

Whether you’re familiar with the web comic or not, most of you will probably recognize your own current or past career as a graduate student in the new PHD Comics movie. PHD Movie Trailer from PHD Comics on Vimeo. It’s playing at university campuses across the world. If your city is not on the list,[…]

A Discussion between Eric Wieschaus and Marcos González-Gaitán

Posted by on September 22nd, 2011

Eric Wieschaus is a Professor at Princeton University, USA. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1995, together with Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and the late Edward B. Lewis, for their work “uncovering the genetic control of embryonic development”. Throughout his career, he has been interested in the mechanisms underlying patterning and morphogenesis[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 20)

Posted by on September 22nd, 2011

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: ApoE: a role in neurogenesis Hippocampal neurodegeneration occurs in most forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. There is, therefore, intense interest in unravelling the mechanisms that underlie adult neurogenesis in this region of the brain. Now, on p. 4351, Steven Kernie and colleagues report that[…]

OIST Developmental Neurobiology Course 2011

Posted by on September 20th, 2011

Okinawa institute of Science and technology (OIST), situated on Okinawa Island is an ideal and inspiring place to discuss and learn science. The student participants and mentors of the developmental neurobiology course (July 17- 31, 2011) were from every corner of the globe. The course began with a wonderful talk about history of developmental neuroscience by[…]