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Of whales and lice

Posted by on August 3rd, 2010

Imagine an ordinary louse. You might be thinking of the small insects that infest the human scalp and cause intense itching. What you may not know: lice actually exist on great variety of birds and mammals. Even whales have ‘lice,’ which are not closely related to human head lice and are giant in comparison (can[…]

The Intestinal Crypt

Posted by on August 2nd, 2010

It’s not often that the introductory part of a research talk is beautiful as well as informative, but Hans Clevers achieves both by using this video about the intestinal crypt in his presentations. (Click either screenshot to see the video) The video shows how stem cells at the base of the intestinal crypt produce the[…]

Node update

Posted by on July 29th, 2010

A few bits of news and reminders about the Node, just to keep you all up to date: -We’ll be interviewing Jorge Cham, creator of the grad student comic Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD), this weekend. Do you have any questions you’d like to ask him? I asked for input via our Twitter account, and[…]

Embryological Discovery in Woods Hole : Vertebrates

Posted by on July 27th, 2010

We are in our last week of the Embryology Course at Wood’s Hole now, and currently working on annelid and squid embryos. Things are still going at a frenetic pace but I’d like to take this chance to talk a little more about some of the work we did using vertebrates. The course covers many[…]

In Development this week (Volume 137, Issue 16)

Posted by on July 27th, 2010

Here are the highlights from this week’s issue of Development: Lymphatic networks follow arterial lead The vertebrate lymphatic system consists of lymphatic vessels, which collect fluid from the tissues and return it to the blood, and lymph nodes, which are involved in immune defence. Lymphatic vessels, like blood vessels, form a complex vascular network, but what guides the development of[…]

The Maggot Meeting-2010

Posted by on July 26th, 2010

Greetings! It’s been an overcast, windy and gloomy Monsoon here in Bangalore, but the past few weeks at NCBS have been bright and exciting! The “Maggot Meeting – 2010”: Neural Circuits and Behaviour is currently on till the 27th of July and I look forward to the seminars and interactive discussions with eminent scientists. Early[…]

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[…]