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Don’t forget about the big picture

Posted by on April 20th, 2011

Live organisms are complex systems. Understanding the complexity underlying the development and growth of organisms seems a daunting task, but developmental biology is an essential field of study to accomplish, at least a little, this task. Previously to begin my Ph.D. research project in a developmental biology laboratory, I was as an undergrad with an[…]

Wellcome to the Node

Posted by on April 19th, 2011

Hello ‘the Node’, it’s very nice to be here. :) This is the first of my cross-posts between the Wellcome Trust and The Node talking about myself and the research I’m doing in my PhD. You can find my first posts for the Wellcome Trust here and here. I try to write in a way[…]

The Cell: An Image Library featured on the Health and Human Services Recovery page

Posted by on April 18th, 2011

The Cell: An Image Library featured on the Health and Human Services Recovery page. Cell Images Aid Researchers, Educators and the Public (No Ratings Yet) Loading…

iBioMagazine – Breakthroughs in Genetics

Posted by on April 18th, 2011

iBioMagazine is a quarterly web magazine featuring videos by some top scientists in the life sciences. The videos are aimed at students, and cover scientific topics as well as information about careers or science in society. The latest issues has as theme “Breakthroughs in Genetics”, and the accompanying videos are all quite interesting: * Mario[…]

A nice lab-experience in Amsterdam

Posted by on April 14th, 2011

Hello, I am Giovanni Povero, a 4th year PhD student in Agrobiosciences at the “Plant Lab” Department of Prof. Perata ( in Pisa, Italy. My PhD research project is mainly focused on the study of the role of genes and transcription factors in the regulation of pigmentation in different plant tissues and species. One of[…]

International Tunicate Research Community Plans Integrated Database System

Posted by on April 14th, 2011

Meeting Report: First Tunicate Information System Meeting, Nice, France November 11-13 2010 Ken Hastings Montreal Neurological Institute and Biology Department McGill University Approximately 50 scientists, including members of the international tunicate research community and representatives of major bioinformatics databases, gathered in Nice, France, November 11-13, 2010 to consider the future development of tunicate informatics. This meeting, termed[…]

Node meet-up at the BSDB meeting

Posted by on April 13th, 2011

NOTE: LOCATION CHANGE! We’ll meet at the Gulbenkian Cinema Cafe/Bar at 8PM on Thursday, as Mungos is closed. This is the cafe that you walk past along the footpath from Elliot College to Woolf College, so when you go from dinner to posters you can drop in along the way. —— If you’d like to[…]

Establishing a niche

Posted by on April 12th, 2011

If there is hope to fully understand stem cells, then the environment surrounding those stem cells must be understood too.  A recent Development paper describes important results on niche establishment in Drosophila. Stem cell niches play an important role in regulating stem cell self-renewal and differentiation.  The Drosophila testis has two populations of stem cells[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 9)

Posted by on April 12th, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Cranial neural crest development: p53 faces up The tumour suppressor p53 plays multiple roles in the prevention of cancer but its developmental functions are less clear. Here (see p. 1827), Eldad Tzahor and colleagues elucidate the key role that p53 plays in craniofacial development.[…]

Australia Rallies Against Cutbacks To Medical Research Funding

Posted by on April 12th, 2011

Last week, news that the Australian government was planning to slash the budget for medical research by more than half over the next three years leaked out and rocked the scientific community. Only one out of seven grants submitted to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s major funding body for medical research,[…]