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This month in preLights – July

Posted by on August 8th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly selection of developmental biology (and related) preLights     preLights, the preprint highlighting service supported by The Company of Biologists, has now reached over 150 posts since launching in late February. To further promote this platform, we are now featuring preLights content in three of The Company of Biologist’s journals –[…]

Showing distributions

Posted by on August 6th, 2018

When reading about co-evolution of prey and predators, I stumbled across a cute new plot type: a half boxplot, half dot plot to show data distributions.   Wilson used this plot to simultaneously visualize summaries about their data (center, spread) and the actual data points. This allows us, the audience, to learn a lot about[…]

The toilet paper model

Posted by on August 3rd, 2018

  In LM Escudero´s group, we like developmental biology, mathematical biology and computational biology. We try to be imaginative and get inspiration from simple things… such as a toilet paper roll. Using this tool (and some computers), we claim that we have described a novel geometrical shape… You will be wondering… how do you do[…]

Going out on a limb to study organ growth

Posted by on August 2nd, 2018

Alexandra Joyner and Alberto Roselló-Díez tell us the story behind their recent paper in PLoS Biology1.   Today we have tried a new experiment (we cannot help it). Instead of elaborating too much on the scientific aspect of our recent paper about the control of organ growth in mammals1, we decided to tell the personal[…]

July in preprints

Posted by on August 2nd, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related/just plain cool) preprints.    In one of the most contentious (at least on Twitter!) pieces of preprint news in July, Tom Sheldon, Senior Press Manager at the Science Media Center in London, voiced his concerns about the impact of preprints on public understanding of science[…]

Conference Jacques Monod “Modeling Cell Fate”, Roscoff, Brittany, Nov 19-23, 2018

Posted by on August 2nd, 2018

Deadline extended ! 26 Aug. 2018 Conference Jacques Monod in Developmental Biology, « Modeling Cell Fate » Roscoff, Brittany, on 19-23 Nov 2018. Deadline for applications: 26 Aug. 2018 at https://cjm5-2018.sciencesconf.org/This CJM will place emphasis on characterizing and modeling the dynamics of cell fate choices. Program Characterizing and modeling the dynamics of cell fate choices: (1) Emerging properties of cell[…]

Testing Zimmermann’s Telome Theory

Posted by on August 1st, 2018

A perspective on our recent paper ‘CLAVATA was a genetic novelty for the morphological innovation of 3D growth in land plants’1.   In the 1950’s, the German botanist Walter Zimmermann (photo here) hypothesized a series of developmental transitions enabling plant forms to radiate during evolution2. Zimmermann’s so-called Telome Theory has received much attention from those[…]

Building the BSDB family network

Posted by on July 23rd, 2018

This year the British Society for Developmental Biology turned 70, and celebrated the milestone at its Spring meeting at Warwick (check out Twitter for some of the fun, and Andreas Prokop gave a great meeting report over on the BSDB page).     The great and the good of British developmental biology were in attendance,[…]

The people behind the papers – Takanori Wakatake & Ken Shirasu

Posted by on July 23rd, 2018

Parasitic plants are fascinating and agriculturally relevant organisms that rely for their success on the haustorium, a specialised root structure that invades host root vasculature to derive nutrients and water. A recent paper in Development addresses the developmental origins of these crucial structures in the facultative root parasite Phtheirospermum japonicum. We caught up with first author Takanori Wakatake and[…]

Life changing experiences with Embryos

Posted by on July 18th, 2018

It’s hard to describe with words how my experience has been at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, but I’m going to give it a try… My attendance at the 2018 Embryology course at the MBL, has been possible thanks to an award I won in my home country, during the International[…]