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PhD position in Inner Ear Development and Regeneration, UPF-PRBB

Posted by on August 17th, 2011

FGF and Retinoic Acid Signaling during development and regeneration The inner ear is a highly complex sensory organ that allows us to communicate with the external world. Sensory information is captured by specialized sensory cells that emerge during development in a precise temporal and spatial order. This PhD project will address the question on how[…]

Embryonic stem cells – keeping a clean slate

Posted by on August 15th, 2011

Do your ears perk up when you hear about embryonic stem cells?  We all have heard and/or participated in the controversy surrounding the use of them, yet there is no debate over their biological importance and medical potential.  A paper in Journal of Cell Science describes the newly-indentified role for Banf1 in ESC self-renewal. Embryonic[…]

The Wonder of Stem Cells

Posted by on August 12th, 2011

At the ISSCR meeting in Toronto in June I noticed this display at the top of the escalators: These fabrics with patterns related to stem cells are part of an ongoing exhibition at Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre (OSC). In collaboration with the Stem Cell Network, the “Super Cells: The Wonder of Stem Cells” exhibit displays[…]

Waves of early transcriptional activation and pluripotency program initiation during human preimplantation development

Posted by on August 9th, 2011

Since I was an undergraduate student at the Veterinary School in Milan, and throughout the rest of my scientific career, I have been fascinated with the complexities of mammalian preimplantation development. That’s why the publication of our recent paper “Waves of early transcriptional activation and pluripotency program initiation during human preimplantation development” feels like the[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 17)

Posted by on August 9th, 2011

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: Human embryos make an early transcriptional start Human preimplantation development is a highly dynamic process that lasts about 6 days. During this time, the embryo must complete a complex program that includes activation of embryonic genome transcription and initiation of the pluripotency program. Here, Juan[…]

Wellcome Trust Conference on Mouse Molecular Genetics

Posted by on August 4th, 2011

For the past 24 years, the Mouse Molecular Genetics meeting has been a leading forum for researchers who apply the methods of genetics and genomics to fundamental problems in mammalian biology, including stem cell biology, early development, and models of human disease. In particular, the meeting showcases the latest technical developments in genetics and engineering[…]

Adding events to the Node calendar

Posted by on August 4th, 2011

I’ve just added some 2012 conferences to the events calendar, and thought I’d give a quick reminder on how to add events here. If you have an account on the Node, you will have received these instructions when your account was approved. (And if you don’t have a Node account, you can get one here.)[…]

International Developmental Biologists meeting 2012

Posted by on August 2nd, 2011

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An interview with Magdalena Götz

Posted by on August 1st, 2011

(This interview originally appeared in Development.) Magdalena Götz is the Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Center and Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. Her developmental work in neurogenesis has identified radial glial cells as the source of neurons in the developing brain. Magdalena joined Development as Editor in[…]


Posted by on July 29th, 2011

The winner of the fourth round of Development cover images, collecting more than half of the total votes, was this squid embryo image, taken by Amber O’Connor from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Runners-up in this round of images (all taken by participants of the Woods Hole Embryology course in 2010) were a fly[…]