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Let’s do the time warp…

Posted by on April 13th, 2012

I don’t even know where the last 72 hours went. Well, in fact I do. And it wasn’t spent sleeping. Since I now have 2 groups of people collecting for me, that means twice the amount of work. The Kazakhs live about an hour away, so they prefer to bring the animals to me when[…]

Stem cells at home

Posted by on April 12th, 2012

We depend on our own comfort zones to keep us grounded, and stem cells are no different.  A recent paper in Development describes how the adhesion that keeps a stem cell in its niche is regulated. A stem cell’s niche is important in maintaining its long-term undifferentiated state.  A great model of stem cell niche[…]

BSDB 2012

Posted by on April 12th, 2012

It’s been a crazy few months of travel for me, with conferences so far in Slovenia, Barcelona and Colorado. But while Coventry may not match these destinations for exoticism or glamour, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming BSDB meeting, starting on Sunday at Warwick University. It’s got a fantastic line-up of speakers, and it’ll[…]

Vote for a Development cover – Woods Hole – round 1

Posted by on April 11th, 2012

Last year you selected four covers for Development from images taken by students of the 2010 Woods Hole Embryology Course. These were the four winners: The students of the 2011 course took some stunning images as well. (See also this report from the class). We’re asking you once again to help us select a cover[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Skeletal Patterning

Posted by on April 10th, 2012

A postdoctoral position studying skeletal development is available in the laboratory of Dr. Amy Merrill at the University of Southern California’s Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology (CCMB).  CCMB offers a highly supportive and interactive environment with a strong research profile in craniofacial development and repair.  Work conducted in the Merrill laboratory integrates human genetics and[…]

The 2012 UK National Xenopus Conference

Posted by on April 10th, 2012

The UK national Xenopus conference is an annual event held to discuss the exciting and extremely varied work carried out across the UK using the African clawed frog (Xenopus) as the model organism of choice. The event provides opportunity for PhD students and Postdocs from Xenopus labs round the UK to present their data to[…]

Let the collections commence!

Posted by on April 6th, 2012

All is well. The Kazakh family is unbelievable. They have been catching more than 20 females each night although almost every one of them died the first two nights. We think it’s because they overheated during the day before they were able to bring them to me. So now they’re bringing the animals each night[…]

Origins of Tissue Stem Cells – June 28-29, 2012 in Edinburgh

Posted by on April 5th, 2012

Upcoming deadlines: oral abstract, poster abstract and early bird registration – 23 April 2012 Meeting chairs: Dr Clare Blackburn and Dr Val Wilson (University of Edinburgh) Topics: •  Gut and associated organs: when, where and how do stem  cells arise? •  Specifying the hematopoietic lineage •  Stem cell development •  Specifying the neural lineage •[…]

I was so hungry…

Posted by on April 5th, 2012

I ate a horse. Seriously. I ate horse meat tonight. I wouldn’t have ordered it, and I don’t feel so good about myself for doing it, but I believe in adapting and respecting a culture which includes eating pretty much anything (that’s not obviously unsafe) that’s put in front of me (with the exception of[…]

2012 Canadian Developmental Biology Conference Overview

Posted by on April 4th, 2012

A few weeks ago, over 150 Canadian and international graduate students, post-docs and scientists met for the 6th biennial Canadian Developmental Biology Conference. This year’s conference was held in the middle of the world-renowned Rocky Mountains, in the beautiful town of Banff, Alberta. Although the blue skies and snow-covered mountaintops beckoned, a program filled with[…]