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A trip down memory lane

Posted by on June 21st, 2011

Tomorrow is the Node’s first birthday, which means we’ve been online for a year now. We’ve taken a look at the archive of the past year as a reminder of what we’ve featured on the site. Please join us on this trip down memory lane. A quick look back at the Node’s first year: June[…]

Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the BSDB Meeting 2011

Posted by on June 20th, 2011

Here is part 3 of my report on the 2011 BSCB-BSDB Spring Conference this April in Canterbury. In the first part, I covered Mark Krasnow’s amazing opening lecture on lung development, and in part two I introduced this year’s awardees of the BSCB and BSDB honorary medals. Here I’ll highlight some of the talks in[…]

X in Space (Now in 3D)

Posted by on June 20th, 2011

The 3D spatial arrangement of DNA within the nucleus is tightly controlled and has great functional significance. Each chromosome has been shown to occupy a defined nuclear territory and the expression of genes is often closely linked to where they are located, with similar expression levels seen for genes with similar locations. It has also[…]

Woods Hole image winner

Posted by on June 20th, 2011

Congratulations to Meii Chung of UT Austin, whose image of a Cerebratulus pilidium larva won first place in the latest voting round to choose a cover for Development from images taken by students of the 2010 Woods Hole Embryology course. Pilidium larva of the Nermertean, Cerebratulus lacteus. Acetylated tubulin (green), serotonin (red), nuclei (blue, DAPI).[…]

The Cell – Finalist in the Labby awards – Please vote to help us win.

Posted by on June 16th, 2011

The Cell: An Image Library is honored to be named a finalist in the website Labby Awards. Please help us win this award and vote for us at the site below. Please be patient if the site does not load right away and apologies for cross posting. Please tell your friends to vote for us[…]

PhD position in Inner Ear Development at Barcelona

Posted by on June 16th, 2011

The laboratory of Berta Alsina at UPF-Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona is seeking a highly motivated student for a PhD in Inner Ear Sensory Development and Regeneration. This PhD project will address the question on how FGF and Retinoic Acid signals regulate the development and regeneration of sensory cells and how extrinsic signals are[…]

Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition meeting in Singapore (Oct.10-Oct.13)

Posted by on June 16th, 2011

The fifth international EMT (epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition) meeting will be held this year from Oct 10 to Oct 13 in the beautiful city state of Singapore.  The meeting is co-organized by Jean Paul Thiery and Erik Thompson. It will cover recent development in the EMT field, ranging from basic molecular and developmental mechanisms to translational research[…]

ISSCR meeting in Toronto – keeping up via Twitter

Posted by on June 15th, 2011

I’m currently in Toronto for the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), and you can expect to find updates about the meeting at various places. Of course we’ll cover it here on the Node itself, but we’re also using Twitter to share and follow news from the meeting. The ISSCR[…]

POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS in USA

Posted by on June 14th, 2011

POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS are available to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling the development of the lymphatic vasculature and its functional roles in normal and pathological conditions including obesity and cancer using available mouse models. Highly motivated individuals who recently obtained a PhD or MD degree and have a strong background in molecular, cancer and[…]

Visualizing stem cells at home

Posted by on June 13th, 2011

The Drosophila ovary is stunningly beautiful, and a playground of wonderful biological questions.  Within the germarium alone, developmental biologists can look at asymmetric division, stem cells and their niches, cell migration, and cell specification.  A recent paper in Development describes a technique allowing the in vitro imaging of a fruit fly ovary, and opens the[…]