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Too many postdocs and PhD students?

Posted by on July 23rd, 2010

There was a nice piece on the Naturejobs site this week, written by postdoc Katherine Sixt. She describes how she started to realize that not every postdoc will eventually become a professor. There simply aren’t enough positions available, so postdocs should look at other careers. But as a postdoc, and even as a PhD student,[…]

Science on Screen

Posted by on July 20th, 2010

If you’re annoyed by the unconvincing lab work on shows like CSI, and would like to show the world what real scientists are like, why not make a film yourself? You’d be surprised to find out how many films by or with scientists there are, both fiction and non-fiction. This month alone, two organizations involved[…]

Development Editors Meeting

Posted by on July 19th, 2010

On July 9, the editors of Development met in Strasbourg (or joined over the phone) for a meeting. Because Development‘s editors are spread out all over the world, these meetings are a rare opportunity to get everyone together to discuss the journal. Editors all get a chance to share ideas they have for the journal,[…]

An interview with Thomas Lecuit

Posted by on July 16th, 2010

(This interview by Kathryn Senior originally appeared in Development on July 13) Thomas Lecuit heads up a multidisciplinary team of 10 scientists at the Developmental Biology Institute of Marseilles (IBDML) in France. He is deeply interested in how the tissues that form our organs acquire and maintain their proper architecture and has special expertise in[…]

Embryological Discovery in Woods Hole

Posted by on July 14th, 2010

Three weeks ago, we joined a group of twenty-four students from around the world arriving in the small town of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. We were strangers from all sorts of backgrounds, but we were drawn together by one commonality – a deep interest in developmental biology. We are all here to participate in the Marine[…]

Some tips for reading the Node

Posted by on July 14th, 2010

The Node has been officially live for almost four weeks now, and we’ve seen visitor numbers and registrations go steadily up. As with most websites, there are far more silent readers than people who are actively writing, so here are a few tips on keeping up to date with the Node: If you don’t want[…]

In Development this week (Volume 137, Issue 15)

Posted by on July 13th, 2010

Here are the research highlights from the new issue of Development… TORc1-ing about stem cell differentiation In adult tissues, the tight regulation of stem cell selfrenewal and differentiation maintains tissue homeostasis. In Drosophila ovaries, BMP signalling from the local environment maintains germline stem cells (GSCs) by repressing bam (a differentiation-promoting gene) expression. Now, on p.[…]

BSDB-BSCB Meeting Report Part III

Posted by on July 10th, 2010

Here is the final part of my meeting report on the BSDB-BSCB Spring Conference this April in Warwick. In the first part, I covered some of the talks on transcriptional regulation, and in part two I gave a brief overview on recent attempts to decipher large-scale transcription factor networks. In this final part I will[…]

Protocol: Rehydrating embryos once fixed and dehydrated…

Posted by on July 9th, 2010

Does anyone know a protocol for rehydrating embryos once stored in methanol?  I’m working with Xenopus laevis embryos which have been fixed using formaldehyde.  Some lab wisdom passed down is “wash into a 50:50 solution of 1xPBS and methanol; then into 1xPBS; then into methanol again (which we’re a bit confused by); then into 50:50[…]

The Node Launch Party

Posted by on July 6th, 2010

Yes, we’ve been live for a few weeks, but you’re not truly and fully launched as a website these days without a proper launch party, so we had ours last night in Cambridge (UK). The Gurdon Institute was kind enough to open their doors to us, and we invited all of their labs as well[…]