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Nominate BSDB committee members,

Posted by on February 16th, 2018

Sear BSDB Members,   I am writing to ask you to consider nominating individuals for membership of the BSDB committee.   Due to committee retirements, three new individuals are needed to serve as ordinary committee members, beginning in October 2018.   Their term of office will be five years and they will be required to (make every[…]

Nominate your Drosophila genes of interest for CRISPR fly stock production

Posted by on February 13th, 2018

The DRSC/TRiP-Functional Genomics Resources is a Drosophila community resource with three main focus areas: (1) cell-based Drosophila cell screening, (2) fly stock production, and (3) bioinformatics. Our TRiP fly stock production platform is taking nominations for production of CRISPR sgRNA fly stocks. Researchers can nominate genes for knockout (TRiP CRIPSR-KO) or activation (TRiP CRISPR-OE), or both.[…]

Updates from DORA – An interview with Stephen Curry

Posted by on February 7th, 2018

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) was conceived in 2012 at an ASCB meeting, and has since its launch in 2013 has garnered thousands of signatories from individuals and organisations. Its aim is to improve the way in which the quality of research output is evaluated, with a key recommendation being the elimination of journal-based metrics[…]

How does it Work? My Experience with 3 Different Model Systems

Posted by on February 5th, 2018

For both young and established developmental biologists considering their next career move, choosing a model system with which to answer one’s research questions is a big decision. Of course, the most important thing to consider is whether or not a particular system is compatible with your research goals. But for a young scientist looking to[…]

YEN Conference 2018: Abstract submission and registration is open!

Posted by on February 3rd, 2018

Young Embryologist Network Conference 2018 14th May 2018 The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK   This year we are pleased to announce Professor Wolf Reik as our keynote speaker. His research group, based at the Babraham Institute, investigates the roles of epigenetic gene regulation in mammalian development. We are also honoured to have Dr Susan Cox and Dr[…]

CSHL Mouse Course: my perspective and why you should apply too

Posted by on February 2nd, 2018

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Mouse Development, Stem Cells & Cancer course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is March 15th. If you don’t know much about the course or are on the fence about applying, I want to give you some background about my experiences from 2017, in hopes that I can[…]

January in preprints

Posted by on February 2nd, 2018

Our latest monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other cool) preprints. Let us know if we missed anything. Here at the Company of Biologists we are very excited about our soon to launch biology preprints highlighting service, preLights. Before the site goes live, you can sign up for email updates here and follow preLights on[…]

Prevent p-value parroting

Posted by on February 1st, 2018

Recently, Nature published my correspondence “Dispense with redundant P values”. It highlights my concern that p-values are often calculated because “everybody does it”. This reminded me of the mechanical repetition that parrots are well-known for (footnote 1). Parroting of p-value reporting should stop and I suggest to only present a p-value in a figure if[…]

Are you a developmental biologist AND a jazz musician?

Posted by on January 31st, 2018

Hi! Do you play bass? Guitar? Keys? Sax? Brass? We’re putting together an SDB all-star jazz combo to play at the SDB meeting in Portland, and we’re looking for a couple more players! Feel free to reach out to me at if you’re interested! (No Ratings Yet) Loading…

Meeting reporter wanted for Adult Neurogenesis 2018 conference

Posted by on January 30th, 2018

*** Application deadline = 2nd February!*** Adult Neurogenesis 2018 May 2-4, 2018 – Dresden, Germany     Meeting summary Adult neurogenesis is distinct from embryonic forms of neurogenesis in that neuronal development underlies extrinsic regulation, from physiological to pathological. This regulation targets different stages of neuronal development, between cell cycle entry and proliferation of[…]