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Internship opportunity on the Node

Posted by on March 27th, 2017

I am delighted to announce that we are offering an opportunity for a 3-month internship on the Node. This is being offered as a PIPS placement to students on the BBSRC DTP program, or on similar programs where an internship forms part of the PhD training. If you have a passion for science communication and[…]

Leaving the bar in five steps

Posted by on March 24th, 2017

Introduction Graphs (or charts or plots) are often used for the display and summary of data. They are essential tools for the communication of results in presentations or manuscripts. One particular type of graph, the bar graph, is often used to quantitatively compare (multiple) conditions. The earliest known example of a bar graph, dates from[…]

Context is everything, for a cell and for a scientist!

Posted by on March 24th, 2017

The idea sounded intriguing at first: 30 scientists in an isolated and stunning old house discussing intercellular interactions in the context of tissues and organs. It became even more intriguing when we were asked to prepare slides about ourselves, not only about our research but also about our non-scientific life! The day before the workshop[…]

How a cell becomes a giant: a fluctuation-driven patterning mechanism

Posted by on March 22nd, 2017

Heather M. Meyer1, José Teles2, and Pau Formosa-Jordan2   1 Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology and the graduate field of Genetics, Genomics, and Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853 USA 2 Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1LR, UK   Comment on: Heather M. Meyer*, José Teles*, Pau Formosa-Jordan*, Yassin Refahi, Rita[…]

Using RNA sequencing to understand real-world embryos

Posted by on March 22nd, 2017

Comment on “Novel adverse outcome pathways revealed by chemical genetics in a developing marine fish” eLife 6 (2017) Elin Sørhus, John P Incardona, Tomasz Furmanek, Giles W Goetz, Nathaniel L Scholz, Sonnich Meier, Rolf B Edvardsen, Sissel Jentoft Institute of Marine Research, Norway Northwest Fisheries Science Center, USA University of Oslo, Norway   Crude oil[…]

A day in the life of a larval-microbe lab

Posted by on March 21st, 2017

Hello, my name is Tyler Carrier and I am a second year PhD student in the laboratory of Adam Reitzel at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Broadly speaking, this laboratory focuses on the ecology, evolution, and development of marine invertebrates and their life history stages. The basis of this work uses echinoderms and[…]

The people behind the papers: Holly Voges, Enzo Porrello & James Hudson

Posted by on March 15th, 2017

The use of organoids – which can be defined as artificially grown masses of cells or tissue that resemble organs – in basic and clinical research has snowballed in recent years, providing insight into fundamental developmental processes and disease etiology. Today’s paper comes from the new Special Issue of Development devoted entirely to organoids, and reports the use of human[…]

On Growth and Form conference – Call for Papers

Posted by on March 14th, 2017

ON GROWTH AND FORM CENTENARY CONFERENCE 13-14 October 2017 University of Dundee and University of St Andrews 2017 marks 100 years since the publication of D’Arcy Thompson’s landmark book On Growth and Form. To mark the occasion, a two-day interdisciplinary conference is being organised at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, where D’Arcy spent[…]

Choosing Sides: Two steps in establishing the polarisation vector in algal zygotes

Posted by on March 14th, 2017

Comment on “Two-step cell polarization in algal zygotes”, Nature Plants, 3, 16221, (2017). Department of Biology, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 S8, 9000 Ghent, Belgium VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Technologiepark 927, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University, Technologiepark 927, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium   Complex multicellular life has evolved from[…]

Register for Cellular Dynamics: Membrane-Cytoskeleton Interface meeting by 21st of March!

Posted by on March 14th, 2017

The deadline for applications for this exciting meeting is approaching fast. For more information, or to apply, click here. Organisers: Michael Way, Elizabeth Chen, Margaret Gardel and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz Date: 21 – 24 May 2017 Location: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Massachusetts, USA Speakers: Anna Akhmanova (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) Daniel Billadeau (Mayo Clinic, USA)[…]