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In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 21)

Posted by on October 11th, 2011

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: New blood: vasculature restrains pancreas growth Although the primary function of blood vessels is to provide organs with the oxygen and nutrients that are essential for tissue growth and maintenance, blood vessels also provide positive paracrine signals during early pancreas development. Now, Yuval Dor and[…]

Company of Biologists Workshop – Growth, Division, Differentiation – Day 4

Posted by on October 9th, 2011

The final day of the meeting continued with vivid discussion and scientific exchange during the presentation sessions as well as during the breaks. Coming back to the initial focus of the meeting, today’s remaining topics centered on the fly as a model system to study fundamental regulators of cell proliferation. Nic Tapon, at the London[…]

First course on insect neuroscience and Drosophila neurogenetics in Uganda

Posted by on October 7th, 2011

This is the first post of others to come on the first course on insect neuroscience and Drosophila neurogenetics in Uganda, that is being partially funded by The Company of Biologist. The motivation for organizing the course is that currently in East Africa, and most parts of Africa, research in experimental neuroscience is carried out[…]

Company of Biologists Workshop – Growth, Division and Differentiation – Day 3 – afternoon

Posted by on October 7th, 2011

As a follow up to Ben Martynoga’s post from yesterday, here is some more information on the topics covered in this excellent workshop that took place a couple of weeks ago. After extensive revolutions around the cell cycle in many of the previous sessions, Ryoichiro Kageyama introduced quite a different rhythm to the meeting in[…]

Ada Lovelace Day

Posted by on October 6th, 2011

October 7 is Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating women in science and technology. This international day to promote gender equality in these fields was first held in 2009, and is named after Ada Lovelace. Ada Lovelace is considered to be the world’s first computer programmer – although in the 19th century, they weren’t called “computers” yet! Ada[…]

Company of Biologists Workshop – Growth, Division and Differentiation – Day 3, morning session

Posted by on October 5th, 2011

Better late than never! This excellent workshop took place a couple of weeks ago, but it is still nice to have a record of what was discussed, here on The Node. Fabienne Pituello started the day by describing how the Shh pathway can induce cell cycle regulators such as Cdc25b to increase the rate of[…]

Node survey results

Posted by on October 5th, 2011

A few months ago we ran a survey on the Node to ask how you used the site, and if you had any suggestions. First of all, a big thank-you to all of you who took the time to answer our questions. As promised, we held a random draw among the survey participants: the winner[…]

Postdoc position in gut morphogenesis

Posted by on October 4th, 2011

An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the Nascone-Yoder laboratory at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC, USA) to study the role of non-canonical Wnt/PCP signaling in Xenopus gut morphogenesis. The successful applicant will elucidate the cellular and molecular basis of gut tube lumen formation, gut tube elongation and rotation, and/or digestive epithelial morphogenesis.  We[…]

Today’s Nobel Prize is not immune to developmental biology

Posted by on October 3rd, 2011

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has just been announced, and the winners are Bruce Beutler (The Scripps Research Institute), Jules Hoffmann (University of Strasbourg) and Ralph Steinman (Rockefeller University), for their research on the immune system. [Update 14:04: Just heard that Ralph Steinman died of pancreatic cancer this weekend. Committee still deciding[…]

This month on the Node – September 2011

Posted by on September 30th, 2011

What was new on the Node this month? Here are a few of the highlights from September: EMBO meeting Natascha Bushati attended the EMBO meeting, and wrote several posts as one of their certified bloggers, including two interviews that are definitely worth a read: one with Janet Rossant, and a joint interview with Eric Wieschaus[…]