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Turtles in a nutshell

Posted by on September 7th, 2011

Turtles are peculiar vertebrates. They have a compact skull with no temporal openings, a beak instead of teeth, a contractible neck, and a shell covering its trunk. The famous turtle shell is composed of two halves, a plastron (ventral) and a carapace (dorsal). The latter is an exquisite arrangement of vertebrae and fan-shaped ribs with[…]

Leaving the lab: career development for developmental biologists

Posted by on September 6th, 2011

Over the past months, we’ve heard from several people who left research for a career away from the bench. Now, a summary of all these posts appears in Development, followed by some tips for graduate students, postdocs, and their supervisors. Below is the full text of the article, but it’s also free on Development, and[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 19)

Posted by on September 6th, 2011

Here are the research highlights form the current issue of Development: Modelling liver development with ES cells: HNF4A is key Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), via their ability to differentiate into a plethora of cell types, offer an attractive approach for regenerative medicine, but they also offer a means of studying cell differentiation, and hence[…]

Group Leader position available at MRC-NIMR London

Posted by on September 4th, 2011

Applications are invited for a Principal Investigator position to lead a new research group in Cell and Developmental Biology. We are particularly interested in candidates using quantitative approaches to study any aspect of the cellular and molecular dynamics of developing tissues. Candidates should have an outstanding track record and an ability to lead a team[…]

Node updates

Posted by on August 31st, 2011

Survey As you know we carried out a survey about the Node this summer. Thank you to those who answered our questions! It was very helpful. We’re currently analysing the results, and you can expect a report on the Node soon. One lucky survey participant, Greg Shanower of The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Philadelphia[…]

Better late than never… 70th SDB meeting report

Posted by on August 31st, 2011

Thanks to the support from the Company of Biologists I had the opportunity to attend the 70th SDB meeting that was held last month in the hot but wonderful city of Chicago. During three days we enjoyed more than 60 excellent talks and about 500 really good posters that were focused on different aspects of[…]

September desktop calendar

Posted by on August 30th, 2011

We’re as surprised as you are that September starts in a few days! Time to get a new desktop calendar. While it may look like an African violet, this is actually a staining of the four-cell stage of a slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata) just about to cleave to the eight-cell stage. This image, taken by[…]

7th European Zebrafish Meeting

Posted by on August 29th, 2011

During the European summer Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, is famously the place to be at while it hosts its world-renowned Festival. But this year it is also the place where the European Zebrafish Meeting was celebrated. The efforts of the Local and International Organizing Committees of the 7th European Zebrafish Meeting made this possible. As[…]

The Cell: An Image Library

Posted by on August 29th, 2011

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In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 18)

Posted by on August 23rd, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Shaping up the Hippo pathway The Hippo pathway, which regulates cell proliferation, is regulated by cell density: low cell density induces weak Hippo signalling, leading to nuclear accumulation of the transcriptional co-activator Yap and the promotion of proliferation, whereas high cell density prevents nuclear[…]