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The end of biology?

Posted by on July 9th, 2013

  ‘England is the only nation on earth that has managed to limit the power of kings by resisting them, and has finally established a wise system of government in which the ruler is all-powerful when it comes to doing good, and has his hands tied if he attempts to do evil.’ Voltaire, Lettres philosophiques[…]

FlyBase 2012 User Survey

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

Dear Colleagues,   FlyBase has begun to plan for the competitive renewal of FlyBase funding, which will be submitted to NIH in several months. EXTENSIVE INPUT from the community of FlyBase users is invaluable in two ways. (1) It is a crucial source of input to help us determine our priorities for the next five year period. (2) The[…]

A Career in Science Management

Posted by on February 13th, 2012

Last June, Eva summarised the Node’s alternative careers stories, personal accounts of how scientists made their transitions from research into various alternative career paths. As a friend of Andrea Hutterer, who is now the Fellowships Manager at EMBO, I witnessed her exciting leap from the bench into science management back in 2010, and now asked[…]

Stem Cells versus Progenitors

Posted by on February 13th, 2011

With so much research focusing on stem cells, I’ve been wondering lately whether researchers are overlooking other important, multipotent cell groups, specifically what are called “progenitor” cells. But then another part of me wonders whether these two groups are so very different from each other. Technically, the main difference between stem cells and progenitors is[…]

News roundup

Posted by on January 31st, 2011

Just a quick roundup of some interesting bits of news. Embryo research in France This one’s rather interesting to read together with the interview with Margaret Buckingham we posted last week. France has very strict regulations in place for research on embryos or ESCs. Now, Nature reports that researchers in France are urging their government[…]

An interview with Margaret Buckingham: President of the French Society of Developmental Biology

Posted by on January 27th, 2011

(This interview originally appeared in Development) Margaret Buckingham is Professor in the Department of Developmental Biology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and she is also the current President of the French Society of Developmental Biology (Société Française de Biologie du Développement, SFBD). We spoke with her about the role of the SFBD and about[…]

Skip your postdoc?

Posted by on January 20th, 2011

A friend of mine went straight from his PhD in computational (pharmaco)chemistry to an investigator position, and I have heard an unconfirmed second-hand story of one other person recently making this transition in a life science related area. But by and large, most PI jobs require that you have done at least one postdoc, and[…]

Who will regulate UK embryo research?

Posted by on October 1st, 2010

In an attempt to tighten the country’s budget, the UK government wants to cut a large number of arms-length non-governmental organisations. These “quangos” (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations) include regulatory bodies, advisory organs, and other committees. Until last week, there were only vague speculations as to which funds would be cut, but the news has become more[…]

Changes in Canadian postdoc funding

Posted by on August 17th, 2010

Some Canadian postdocs are awaiting the next academic year with bated breath: will they earn less than they did during their PhD, or twice as much as their colleagues? Canada’s 2010 research budget, announced this past spring, was full of surprises for the thousands of postdoctoral researchers in the country. To promote top-level talent, the[…]

Changes in Wellcome Trust funding

Posted by on June 28th, 2010

Biomedical researchers in the UK are seeing some changes in the way their research is funded. The Wellcome Trust, the UK’s largest charity funding agency for biomedical research, is phasing out the majority of its existing biomedical science grants and replacing them with “Investigator Awards”. The last applications for project grants, programme grants, equipment grants,[…]