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Shaggy hairs and stem cells

Posted by on January 10th, 2012

Our intestinal tissue doesn’t need a New Year’s resolution to keep up its amazing productivity.  Our intestinal epithelium is replenished at breakneck speed in an assembly line that begins with stem cells.  Today’s image is from a recent Development paper that discusses the importance of Notch signaling in stem cell self-renewal and intestinal homeostasis. Our[…]

Free early career scientist places available at The Company of Biologists Workshops!

Posted by on January 10th, 2012

The Company of  Biologists run 3 cutting edge Workshops each year organised by the leading scientists in their fields.   They are small workshops with 30 attendees made up of 20 invited speakers and 10 places for early career scientists. The Workshops this year are; New Technologies and Applications for Genome Engineering – 25th – 28th March 2012[…]


Posted by on January 9th, 2012

Somites, confocal, epigenetics, germline, stem cell… BINGO! Thanks to all of your help and suggestions, BenchFly has now produced the Developmental Biology Group Meeting Bingo game. From their post: “Bingo? Are we actually suggesting you gamble during seminars? Yes! No. We’re simply providing a few key words that you may listen for during a talk…[…]

Four Year International PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge

Posted by on January 5th, 2012

Studentships starting October 2012 Application deadline 13 January 2012 Interviews to be held 30-31 January 2012 Stem Cell Biology Stem cells are defined by the dual capacity to self-renew and to differentiate. These properties sustain homeostatic cell turnover in adult tissues and enable repair and regeneration throughout the lifetime of the organism. In contrast, pluripotent[…]

Book review: A wake-up call to delve deeper into the cell

Posted by on January 5th, 2012

This book review originally appeared in Development. Wendy Bickmore reviews “The Nucleus” (Edited by Tom Misteli and David L. Spector). Book info: The Nucleus Edited by Tom Misteli, David L. Spector Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (2011) 517 pages ISBN 978-0-879698-94-2 $135 (hardback) Why should a developmental biologist be interested in a book about the[…]

Book Review: The Cell, A Very Short Introduction

Posted by on January 3rd, 2012

Book Info:  The Cell: A Very Short Introduction by Terence Allen and Graham Cowling. Oct 2011. 152 pages. ISBN: 9780199578757 (Paperback) Price: $11.95 /£7.99 Ever since Anton van Leeuwenhoek first peered at a living cell in 1674, scientists have been driven to learn everything they can about these tiny units of life and as a result[…]

This month on the Node – December 2011

Posted by on December 30th, 2011

Many of you may have a few days off from work at the moment. If you want to catch up on what you missed on the Node this month, read on: BenchFly bingo game Benchfly, a site with free video protocols and other resources for researchers, has created “Group Meeting Bingo”. The site generates bingo[…]

Book review: Epigenetics in all its glory

Posted by on December 29th, 2011

This book review originally appeared in Development. Melissa Mann reviews “Epigenetics: Linking Genotype and Phenotype in Development and Evolution” (Edited by Benedikt Hallgrímsson and Brian K. Hall). Book info: Epigenetics: Linking Genotype and Phenotype in Development and Evolution Edited by Benedikt Hallgrímsson, Brian K. Hall University of California Press (2011) 472 pages ISBN 978-0520267091 (hardback),[…]

Celestial or Cellular?

Posted by on December 26th, 2011

The Cell: An Image Library™ offers you a little fun this week. Please enjoy our quiz, Celestial or Cellular? Take a look at the images and see if you can tell whether they are of cellular or celestial origin. Take your best shot, and enter your answers at Visit again each day this week[…]

Modeling stem cell population dynamics

Posted by on December 23rd, 2011

Many tissues and organs contain self-renewing stem cell populations that are crucial for their maintenance. Synthesizing the relative effects of anatomical constraints, cell proliferation dynamics and cell fate specification on the overall stem cell population dynamics is challenging, and so we reasoned that dynamic computational models that have the potential to systematically manipulate different influences[…]