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Organise a Company of Biologists workshop in 2020!

Posted by on April 30th, 2018

As well as publishing Development and four other journals, and supporting scientists through travelling fellowships and meeting grants, The Company of Biologists also runs a successful series of Workshops. The Workshops  bring leading experts and early career scientists from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds to focus on one topic together. Topics are often interdisciplinary and[…]

First impressions of the BSDB Spring Meeting

Posted by on April 24th, 2018

This year, is the BSDB’s 70th anniversary, and this was clearly reflected at our Spring Meeting, 15-18 April 2018 in Warwick! Apart from an outstanding speaker list, and the award of most BSDB medals & prizes of 2018, we saw a history session which looked back at the past, to then project into the future of[…]

Medaka fish sheds light on the evolutionary origin of vertebrate pair appendages

Posted by on April 23rd, 2018

Link to the paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41588-018-0080-5   The evolutionary history of vertebrate appendages Have you ever wondered how our hands and feet evolved? This question, which commonly evokes fish crawling from sea to land, has long been a subject of interest, both for palaeontologists and developmental biologists. Appendages are an important part of the tool kit[…]

BSDB Medal & Award winners of 2018

Posted by on April 19th, 2018

This year was a special BSDB Spring Meeting! We celebrated the 70th anniversary of our society. If you weren’t there and would like to get a taste of the meeting, or you would like to relive the experience, please download the abstract book or listen to the especially composed history rap. As every year, the[…]

Stressed out: Mechanisms of how C. elegans copes with unfavorable environments

Posted by on April 19th, 2018

Sarah E. Hall Department of Biology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244   For over a century, the nature versus nurture debate has questioned the relative contributions of genetic sequences and the environment to the phenotype of an individual (Galton 1869). Genome-wide association studies in humans have shown that environmental stress experienced in utero or during[…]

The people behind the papers – Sa Geng & James Umen

Posted by on April 19th, 2018

The transition to multicellularity in eukaryotes appears to be intimately linked to the transition from isogamy (gametes of the same size) to anisogamy (gametes of distinct sizes), and indeed to oogamy, a form of anisogamy with a large, immotile egg and a motile sperm. Volvocine algae provide a useful and fascinating model to study how[…]

A better bar

Posted by on April 18th, 2018

After leaving the bar, what are we to do? I propose to move on to a better bar (and I hope that you will not be disappointed when you find out that I’m actually referring to an interval). In a previous blog I advocated the transparent presentation and reporting of data in graphs. It was[…]

Daniyal Jafree winner of the BSDB advocacy writing competition

Posted by on April 17th, 2018

In preparation of the 70th anniversary celebrations at the special Spring Meeting in Warwick (15-18 April 2018), the student and postdoc representatives of the BSDB, Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle Ware, initiated a writing competition for graduate student and postdoc members who were asked to write a max 500 word piece on one of the following[…]

Richard Gardner is the 2018 BSDB Waddington Medal winner

Posted by on April 16th, 2018

The Waddington Medal is the only national Developmental Biology award in the UK. It honours 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. Here we introduce the 2018 winner Richard Gardner who won the[…]

A BSDB history rap!!!!

Posted by on April 13th, 2018

  This year, is the BSDB’s 70th anniversary! Expect many extras on our Spring Meeting (15-18 April 2018 in Warwick)! For example, the history rap, a contemporary oral rendering of BSDB history, featuring Jerry aka Gerald H Thomsen PhD and produced and mixed by Philip Larsen – BSDB member and DJ! (+1 rating, 1 votes) Loading…