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Color-blind people are your audience too!

Posted by on April 27th, 2017

Or, please stop mixing green/red Color is a key aspect of graphic design, but for many years was not relevant for scientific figures that were largely black and white. Falling prices for color print and electronic publishing changed this dramatically and scientists now frequently produce multi-colored figures. Using color functionally is not always straightforward but[…]

Recognition and metrics for peer review activity: reviewercredits.com

Posted by on April 25th, 2017

In this post, I would like to introduce to “The Node” our website, reviewercredits.com, launched last July by myself and my friend Robert Fruscio. We are both physicians (I’m in critical care, he is in Gynecological oncology) and several times we chatted about peer review: we always realized how this activity is poorly recognized, despite[…]

Development introduces format-free submission

Posted by on April 20th, 2017

At Development, we are committed to making submission as easy as possible for our authors. We realise that submitting a paper to any journal can be a lengthy process: authors are asked to comply with detailed journal-specific guidelines without knowing whether the paper will be accepted or even peer-reviewed. We are therefore delighted to announce[…]

Woods Hole images 2015, Round 1 – The winner

Posted by on April 18th, 2017

The votes are in for our latest Development cover competition with entries from the 2015 class of the Woods Hole Embryology Course.  With 578 votes counted, a winner emerged with 40% of the vote –   4th Place (72 votes) – Clathria 3rd Place (136 votes) – Mice 2nd Place (138 votes) – Jellyfish 1st[…]

Jenny Nichols, the winner of the BSDB Cheryll Tickle Medal 2017

Posted by on April 13th, 2017

In 2016, the BSDB introduced the Cheryll Tickle Medal, which is being awarded annually to a mid-career, female scientist for her outstanding achievements in the field of Developmental Biology. The BSDB is proud to announce the 2017 awardee Jenny Nichols. The medal was presented at this year’s Spring Meeting where Jenny gave the Cheryll Tickle[…]

Bill Harris, winner of the BSDB Waddington Medal 2017

Posted by on April 13th, 2017

The Waddington Medal, the only national award in Developmental Biology, is awarded for outstanding research performance as well as services to the subject community. The medal is awarded annually at the BSDB Spring Meeting, where the recipient presents the Waddington Medal Lecture (note that all awards of the 2017 Spring Meeting are listed here). The BSDB[…]

The people behind the papers: Adam Davis, Nirav Amin and Nanette Nascone-Yoder

Posted by on April 13th, 2017

In spite of our external appearance, our innards are asymmetric. For today’s interview, we feature a paper published recently in Development that provides a cellular and molecular investigation into symmetry breaking in a poorly understood organ, the stomach. We caught up with first authors Adam Davis and Nirav Amin, and their supervisor Nanette Nascone-Yoder, Associate Professor in North Carolina State University, Raleigh,[…]

The Naked Scientists: from stem cells to brain cells

Posted by on April 12th, 2017

Last Sunday evening found me sitting in the BBC Cambridge radio studio, headphones on and mic in front of me, talking about developmental and stem cell biology with Dr. Chris Smith, better known as the naked scientist. Fortunately, both of us were fully clothed. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Naked Scientists,[…]

The BSDB Beddington Medal Winner 2017: Erik Clark

Posted by on April 11th, 2017

The Beddington Medal is the BSDB’s major commendation to promising young biologists, awarded for the best PhD thesis in Developmental Biology defended in the year previous to the award. Rosa Beddington was one of the greatest talents and inspirational leaders in the field of developmental biology. Rosa made an enormous contribution to the field in[…]

New complexities in relationship between gene mutation and embryo development

Posted by on April 11th, 2017

  A large-scale study of DMDD data has shown that inactivating the same gene in mouse embryos that are virtually genetically identical can result in a wide range and severity of physical abnormalities. This suggests that the relationship between gene mutation and embryo development is more complex than previously thought.     The study considered[…]