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Wildlife abounds, but jerboas?

Posted by on March 29th, 2012

This morning after a breakfast of fermented tofu on steamed buns, boiled peanut and rice soup, spicy strands of seaweed, and a plate of mixed onion, peppers, and tomato in vinegar, we headed off in the jeep in search of the right kind of desert for jerboas. I knew one of the places where we’d[…]


Posted by on March 28th, 2012

If you’ve recently visited our Facebook page, you may have already seen them, but we have some new banners – of both the physical and digital kind. First of all, we have a new banner to take to conferences. If you’re going to some of the conferences where The Company of Biologists has a stand,[…]

Nihao from Xinjiang

Posted by on March 28th, 2012

I have sprung up again in China. It’s time for another field collection of jerboa embryos in far northwestern China (Xinjiang), and since this is the reason Eva invited me to contribute to the Node, I figure it is finally time for me to oblige. The last couple of days were eventful. Friday morning I[…]

Post-doctoral position in Drosophila hematopoiesis: deciphering the niche function

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

A 3 years post-doctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Michèle Crozatier and Alain Vincent, at the Centre de Biologie du Développement CNRS/Toulouse University, France. One main topic of the lab concerns Drosophila hematopoiesis, the hematopoietic niche and the plasticity of cell fates in the lymph gland ( The candidate will further explore[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 8)

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: Chewing the Fat over PCP and growth The Drosophila protocadherin Fat (Ft) affects planar cell polarity (PCP) but also inhibits the overgrowth of imaginal discs by activating the Hippo pathway. The intracellular domain (ICD) mediates much of Ft activity, but are its PCP and Hippo[…]

FlyBase 2012 User Survey

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

Dear Colleagues,   FlyBase has begun to plan for the competitive renewal of FlyBase funding, which will be submitted to NIH in several months. EXTENSIVE INPUT from the community of FlyBase users is invaluable in two ways. (1) It is a crucial source of input to help us determine our priorities for the next five year period. (2) The[…]

An interview with José Xavier Neto

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

(This interview originally appeared in Development.) The Latin American Society for Developmental Biology (LASDB) is getting ready for their Sixth International Meeting, which will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, from April 26th to 29th, 2012. To find out more about the society, and about developmental biology in Latin America, we talked to LASDB president José[…]


Posted by on March 16th, 2012

Dear Colleagues, IBMB SYMPOSIUMWe are pleased to announce that it is now possible to register for the *Institute of Molecular Biology (IBMB) Barcelona Conference:**From Cells to Organs, 16 – 17 April 2012*Conference website:*Registration with Abstract Submission Deadline*: 22nd March 2012 *Registration without Abstract Deadline*: 2nd April 2012 *Venue:* Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain This[…]

Quantissue Symposium

Posted by on March 15th, 2012

Biology has been revolutionized by the impact of physical forces on cell behaviour as in vivo cells are exposed to a combination of biochemical and physical cues that regulate their function. These revolutions have generated in biologists and physicists a need for new tools to analyze cellular structures. In fact, this was precisely the motivation[…]

Science advocacy

Posted by on March 15th, 2012

Last week, I attended the GSA Drosophila Genetics Meeting in Chicago. You’ll hear more about the main part of the meeting later, or you can check out the Storify of the tweets from the conference. In this post I wanted to specifically highlight one of the lunch sessions. The GSA had invited Jennifer Zeitzer, Director[…]