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In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 5)

Posted by on February 8th, 2011

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: From pluripotent to pancreatic fates A reliable method for generating insulin-producing β-cells from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) would provide new therapeutic options for people with diabetes. So far, no-one has developed such a method but, on p. 861, Gordon Keller and colleagues provide new[…]

MBL Embryology Course

Posted by on February 8th, 2011

Dear students, postdocs and mentors, We write to share our enthusiasm about the MBL Embryology course and to encourage graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to apply for the 2011 summer course “Embryology: Concepts and Techniques in Modern Developmental Biology” at the Marine Biological Laboratory from June 5 – July 17, 2011.  The application deadline has[…]

JSDB meeting

Posted by on February 8th, 2011

There’s still time to register for this years JSDB meeting. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended until February 10th. JSDB meetings have been held almost entirely in English in recent years and not only offer an exciting scientific program, but also a chance to discover Japan.  This year the conference will be held[…]

Reflections on Natural History

Posted by on February 7th, 2011

One of the highlights of working at RIKEN CDB is undoubtedly the arrival upon my desk of “Library News”. Within this publication lies the eclectic column written by institute deputy director Shigeru Kuratani. These bimonthly articles are lively and often illuminating insights into the field of evolutionary morphology, frequently embracing topics such as art, literature,[…]

Natural Disasters and University Disruptions

Posted by on February 6th, 2011

Natural disasters can be powerfully destructive forces. At the very least, they have a habit of interrupting our lives and work. Damage varies depending on the intensity of nature’s fury and how prepared a city (or institution) is for a particular emergency. This can also influence how challenging recovery will be, in the aftermath. The[…]

EuroStemCell: connecting scientists with European citizens

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011

I’m one of a team of science communicators, scientists, clinicians and social scientists involved in a project called EuroStemCell. It’s an EU-funded project that unites more than 90 European stem cell and regenerative medicine research laboratories in a coordinated effort to engage with the public about our science, and support others to do the same.[…]

the Node image competition

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011

[updated 24/2] – New deadline: March 15 To celebrate the successful first half year of the Node, we’re running a competition. A Node Latin, Nodus – a knot In general – a point of intersection In developmental biology – an embryonic tissue that patterns a developing embryo All you have to do is send us[…]

Meeting report from the 2010 Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conference “Molecular Switches and Genome Function in Stem Cells and Development”

Posted by on February 3rd, 2011

In 2010 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories building upon the success of its educational programs established an equivalent program in Asia and Pacific Rim centered in Suzhou, China – Cold Spring Harbor Conferences Asia (CSHCA). This development echoes the spectacular advances in biological research throughout the region (especially in China) over the past 30 years. The[…]

EMBO Workshop. Frontiers in Sensory Development, Barcelona, Spain

Posted by on February 2nd, 2011

Barcelona is the setting for the EMBO Workshop, Frontiers in Sensory Development from 3rd-6th May, 2011. The meeting will focus on different aspects of sensory development, function and evolution in both vertebrate and invertebrate systems. We hope this workshop will allow a better understanding of common themes in sensory function and will encourage colleagues working[…]

The (re)birth of the DSDB

Posted by on February 1st, 2011

As the world of research into developmental biology becomes larger, and the arrival of online communities such as The Node allows us to bring that world a little closer to hand, the importance of using scientific communities to share expertise and experience only grows.   Therefore, here in the Netherlands we are pleased to announce that[…]