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Singapore Fish Meeting 2018

Posted by on October 11th, 2018

On 2nd October 2018, the Mechanobiology Institute in Singapore hosted a meeting of Singapore-based researchers using fish in their work. We wanted to bring together the local community to build support and promote future research collaborations within Singapore. This meeting follows successful international conferences last year in Singapore, where the importance of fish in both[…]

The 29th Mammalian Genetics and Development Workshop

Posted by on October 9th, 2018

A meeting of the Genetics Society on 29th November 2018 at the UCL Institute of Child Health, London. Organisers: Nick Greene (UCL), Cynthia Andoniadou (KCL), Andy Copp (UCL) Abstract submission deadline: 5pm, 8th November   The Mammalian Genetics and Development Workshop is an annual meeting focusing on the development and genetics of mammals.  The Meeting is based[…]

The developing brain in health and disease: Scientific Meeting

Posted by on October 8th, 2018

The Academy of Medical Sciences is convening a scientific meeting on the 19 and 20 March 2019, in Oxford. Abstract submission deadline: 5 November 2018. This meeting will explore key areas of neurodevelopmental research in a unique forum that emphasises discussion and collaboration between disciplines, career stages and sectors. One of the key aims will be[…]

Make a difference: the alternative for p-values

Posted by on October 8th, 2018

Calculation and reporting of p-values is common in scientific publications and presentations (Cristea and Ioannidis, 2018). Usually, the p-value is calculated to decide whether two conditions, e.g. control and treatment, are different. Although a p-value can flag differences, it cannot quantify the difference itself (footnote 1). Therefore, p-values fail to answer a very relevant question:[…]

Staying in shape

Posted by on October 5th, 2018

If you’re into developmental biology, chances are you’ve spent some time in your life thinking about how cells change the shapes of tissues. What would cells need to do in order to prevent change of tissue shape, though? In the text below, I summarize my thoughts on why the question of not changing shape during[…]

Nikon Small World in Motion Competition – zebrafish development takes first place!

Posted by on October 4th, 2018

The winners of Nikon’s Small World in Motion 2018 Competition have just been announced, and overall first place has gone to a stunning developmental biology SPIM movie. Watch Elizabeth Haynes and Jiaye “Henry” He’s “Zebrafish embryo growing its elaborate sensory nervous system (visualized over 16 hours of development)“, and marvel!     Developmental biology also made[…]

Travel Grants: To Conferences of Your Choice

Posted by on October 4th, 2018 is proud to support researchers with travel grants up to £500. The Award: Each quarter, offers a travel grant up to £500 to help cover the cost of attending a conference. These travel grants are open to PhD candidates, lab managers, and post-docs from academic research institutions across Europe. The grant is intended[…]

English Translation of Classic Paper in Animal Genetics

Posted by on October 4th, 2018

Soon after the rediscovery of Mendel’s laws of inheritance in plants, French scientist Lucien Cuénot published a paper in 1902, reporting his studies of the inheritance of pigmentation in the house mouse. Cuénot’s results showed that Mendel’s laws of inheritance also applied to animals. This is a fundamental paper in the field of genetics. The[…]

September in preprints

Posted by on October 3rd, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  Another month, another net full of exciting science. Look out for WNT vampires, regenerating lampreys, polarising ctenophores, plus investigations into niche architecture, tissue mechanics and the dynamics of developmental signalling. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use[…]

National Museum of Brazil Disaster: What did we learn and what should we do differently?

Posted by on October 3rd, 2018

  On the Sunday night of 2nd September of 2018, one month ago, most Brazilians were watching TV shows while a large part of our national story was burning out in the National Museum’s fire. In a few hours, a 200-year old institution and several biological, anthropological, and geological collections were consumed by the fire.[…]