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Development: New Executive Editor

Posted by on November 30th, 2011

I’m the new Executive Editor at Development, taking over after Jane Alfred’s eight years at the journal, and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m starting here fresh off the plane from Heidelberg, Germany, where I have been working as a scientific editor at The EMBO Journal for the last three years,[…]

Doing Science in Barcelona

Posted by on November 22nd, 2011

Blog entry When thinking Barcelona, what first comes to mind is probably the football and Olympic games, the beaches, relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle, siesta and long nights out. All of it is accompanied with the Gaudi’s whimsical architecture at the background as an extra bonus. People usually go to Barcelona for a vacation or … for[…]

Postdoctoral position – MRC Department of Biomedical/Developmental Genetics, University of Sheffield, UK

Posted by on October 26th, 2011

Overview The Research Associate will work in the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics within the Department of Biomedical Science.  The department has an active community of researchers specialising in different aspects of developmental biology.  You will take part in a project aiming to understand how cell proliferation is temporally integrated with digit patterning[…]

A deep breath to kick off the BSCB-BSDB Spring Meeting 2011

Posted by on May 20th, 2011

BSCB-BSDB Spring meeting April 27 – 30, 2011 Canterbury University Since I very much enjoyed last year’s joint conference of the British Societies for Developmental Biology (BSDB) and Cell Biology (BSCB) in Warwick, I was optimistic about attending the 2011 meeting in Canterbury. The organisers unknowingly scheduled it for the days around the royal wedding[…]

The story behind the screen – flashbacks from the first RNAi screen in a whole vertebrate

Posted by on May 9th, 2011

The story of our recently released Development paper ‘FatJ acts via the Hippo mediator Yap1 to restrict the size of neural progenitor cell pools’ (http://dev.biologists.org/content/138/10/1893.full) involves hundreds of dozens of fresh free-range eggs and not trivial amounts of time spent peering down a microscope. I have written this with Nick van Hateren, who is the joint first author of this paper along with me.

Rethinking X-chromosome Inactivation

Posted by on April 30th, 2011

I’ve been asked to present the back-story behind our recently published manuscript in Development “Transcription precedes loss of Xist coating and depletion of H3K27me3 during X-chromosome reprogramming in the mouse inner cell mass.” Mammalian dosage compensation occurs by silencing one X-chromosome in female cells, termed X-chromosome Inactivation (XCI).  Balancing X-linked gene transcription is critical for[…]

A walk in the park is a walk amongst development

Posted by on March 10th, 2011

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Zebrafish transgenes go ubiquitous

Posted by on December 7th, 2010

The Node’s staff has kindly asked me to write a little “behind the scenes” on our zebrafish paper released today in Development, “Ubiquitous transgene expression and Cre-based recombination driven by the ubiquitin promoter in zebrafish” (http://dev.biologists.org/content/138/1/169). The spark to pursue the project were the first conversations I had in spring 2008 with senior postdocs in[…]

WormBase: It’s not just for C. elegans anymore

Posted by on October 29th, 2010

WormBase — wormbase.org — is the central data repository for Caenorhabditis elegans and related nematodes. C. elegans is a well-known system for studying problems in developmental biology, the benefits of which I will quickly rehash here. Its rapid generation time from fertilized egg to gravid adult (3.5 days) and small size (1mM) permit 1000’s of[…]

Development Travelling Fellowships

Posted by on September 16th, 2010

Hello Node Community: I would like to inform you about the Development Travelling Fellowships. Are you a Graduate student or Post-doc wishing to make a collaborative visit to another lab? You can apply to Development to fund your travelling expenses. Development offers up to £2,500, you do of course have to be working in the[…]