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Mapping the cardiac neural crest in the frog’s heart

Posted by on April 27th, 2011

The Node’s staff asked me to write a short “behind the scenes” on our paper just released in the May 15 issue of Development, “Cardiac neural crest is dispensable for outflow tract septation in Xenopus” In the summer of 2008 when Dr. Young-Hoon Lee joined my laboratory from Chonbuk National University for a sabbatical[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 10)

Posted by on April 26th, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: FatJ keeps neural progenitor pools in shape The correct development and functioning of the spinal cord depends on the patterning, proliferation and differentiation of neural progenitor cell cohorts along the dorsoventral axis of the neural tube. But how are the numbers of these cells[…]

Schwann cells and N-WASp: it always comes down to actin

Posted by on April 22nd, 2011

Axons have such important jobs to do that they require their own support staff.  Schwann cells are responsible for ensheathing axons of the peripheral nervous system with myelin, which allows rapid conduction of action potentials.  The process by which Schwann cells do this was understood to involve cytoskeletal regulators, and a recent paper in Development[…]

Select a Development cover – round 2

Posted by on April 21st, 2011

A few weeks ago, you selected this sea urchin image from the Woods Hole embryology course as a cover for Development. We have many more images from this course, and more opportunities to choose a journal cover. Here is the second batch. Which of these images would you like to see on the cover of[…]

Travel fellowships deadline approaching

Posted by on April 21st, 2011

The next deadline for Development’s travelling fellowships is coming up on April 30, and Development would like to encourage you to apply if you are a graduate student or postdoc planning to work for a few months in a distant lab. Have a look at the fellowship site for the full requirements, and read these[…]

Don’t forget about the big picture

Posted by on April 20th, 2011

Live organisms are complex systems. Understanding the complexity underlying the development and growth of organisms seems a daunting task, but developmental biology is an essential field of study to accomplish, at least a little, this task. Previously to begin my Ph.D. research project in a developmental biology laboratory, I was as an undergrad with an[…]

Wellcome to the Node

Posted by on April 19th, 2011

Hello ‘the Node’, it’s very nice to be here. :) This is the first of my cross-posts between the Wellcome Trust and The Node talking about myself and the research I’m doing in my PhD. You can find my first posts for the Wellcome Trust here and here. I try to write in a way[…]

The Cell: An Image Library featured on the Health and Human Services Recovery page

Posted by on April 18th, 2011

The Cell: An Image Library featured on the Health and Human Services Recovery page. Cell Images Aid Researchers, Educators and the Public (No Ratings Yet) Loading…

iBioMagazine – Breakthroughs in Genetics

Posted by on April 18th, 2011

iBioMagazine is a quarterly web magazine featuring videos by some top scientists in the life sciences. The videos are aimed at students, and cover scientific topics as well as information about careers or science in society. The latest issues has as theme “Breakthroughs in Genetics”, and the accompanying videos are all quite interesting: * Mario[…]

A nice lab-experience in Amsterdam

Posted by on April 14th, 2011

Hello, I am Giovanni Povero, a 4th year PhD student in Agrobiosciences at the “Plant Lab” Department of Prof. Perata ( in Pisa, Italy. My PhD research project is mainly focused on the study of the role of genes and transcription factors in the regulation of pigmentation in different plant tissues and species. One of[…]