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The science of the cat in your computer: our journey into crowdfunded sequencing of LilBUB

Posted by on April 27th, 2015

About a year ago – when spending some quality afterwork time on the Internet – me and my benchmate Dario stumbled upon LilBUB. If you’re an internet cat afficionado you’ve probably seen LilBUB around. She’s extremely cute and lovable, and she’s got something of a celebrity status. But, as developmental biologists, we were also intrigued by[…]

Giving scientific ideas a voice (and a video)

Posted by on May 20th, 2014

Explaining new scientific concepts can be a daunting task for anyone involved in outreach. We are constantly trying to come up with ways to explain, show and describe theories and ideas step by step. I’ve recently stumbled across a new app (albeit only available on ipad) called Adobe Voice that could help out scientific communication.[…]

What’s your favourite gene?

Posted by on April 11th, 2014

I recently took part in the ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here!’ outreach event. As soon as the school children found out I was a developmental geneticist and worked out what I did, one question I was repeatedly asked was: “what’s your favourite gene and why?” so for a bit of fun, I[…]

silicoCROSS: a help in genetic crosses

Posted by on August 12th, 2013

I’m quite a lazy person, and as such I like to find solutions to boring and repetitive tasks. One of those is the drawing of punnett squares in Drosophila genetics. I wrote a little software (accessible here: silicocross.molecular.ch), that does basically that: drawing punnett squares. When you access the software you are asked how many[…]

“Working with Zebrafish Genome Resources” Workshop during the 8th European Zebrafish Meeting

Posted by on July 18th, 2013

This was my first time in lovely Barcelona. I travelled from London the day before the zebrafish meeting kicked-off (in order to be well rested and alert for all the talks and posters!). I attended the “Working with Zebrafish Genome Resources” workshop and I have to say it was absolutely helpful for any scientist working[…]

From Sequence to Function

Posted by on May 17th, 2013

  It took longer than the human genome, if by only a few years, but it has finally arrived. The sequencing of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) genome reported in Howe et al. is one of two zebrafish publications to recently appear in  the journal Nature.  The second article, Kettleborough et al., makes use of this[…]

Postdoc and PhD positions: Growth control in Drosophila

Posted by on March 20th, 2013

Post-doctoral and PhD positions are available in the lab of Savraj Grewal, University of Calgary, Canada. (https://www.facebook.com/The.Grewal.Lab). The main focus of the lab is to study the control of growth using Drosophila as a model system. We use a combination of molecular, genetic and proteomic approaches to investigate the cell-cell signalling pathways and the genetic[…]

At the cutting edge of molecular biology: 25 years of Genes & Development

Posted by on October 18th, 2012

The Genetics Society’s 2012 Autumn Meeting celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Genes & Development There have been exciting advances in molecular analyses of genetic and epigenetic regulation of key cellular processes.  This meeting will  focus on issues such as chromatin, epigenetics and gene regulation, replication, checkpoints and DNA repair, RNA function and control as they[…]

The IMPC: a new era in mouse genetics

Posted by on April 26th, 2012

The sophistication of genetic tools and the relative ease of breeding and housing mean that the mouse is the most widely used mammalian organism for basic and biomedical research. The genotype-phenotype information that will emerge from the efforts of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC), now well into its first year, will advance all areas[…]

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[…]