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Chris Wylie and Janet Heasman

An interview with Christopher Wylie and Janet Heasman

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Tissue-specific genome editing in Ciona embryos by CRISPR/Cas9

PhD studentship in evolutionary developmental genetics of neural progenitor proliferation

Posted by on November 23rd, 2014

A fully funded studentship (fees and RCUK-level stipend) open to EU students is available under the supervision of Dr Thomas Butts in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London. The studentship is to study the evolution of neural development within vertebrates, particularly in relation to the control of neurogenesis. Within this broad area of interest […]
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Neurogenesis in “non-neurogenic” regions

Posted by on November 13th, 2014

In the early ‘90s, the discovery of neural stem cells in the adult brain aroused hope to exploit these cells to treat neurodegenerative diseases or even induce brain regeneration. Yet, the real potential of these cells is still unclear. In the last 15 years we have learned that during development neural stem cells are an […]
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Interview with SDB poster winner Niteace Whittington

Posted by on August 12th, 2014

Last March we interviewed Zarah Löf-Öhlin, who won the BSDB poster prize at the joint meeting of the British Societies for Cell Biology and Developmental Biology. Zarah’s prize was to travel to Seattle to attend the 73rd Society for Developmental Biology meeting. Continuing the interview chain, Zarah interviewed Niteace Whittington, who won the SDB poster […]
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Use it or Lose it: Insights on neuronal connections in the vertebrate retina

Posted by on May 18th, 2014

This is the final post from our developmental neurobiology seminar this semester. Two students wrote about our discussion of the importance of neuronal activity during synaptogenesis and their professor combined and edited the pieces. As usual, we focused  on development in the vertebrate retina. Hope you’ve enjoyed our contributions, we’ve enjoyed sharing our new-found understanding. […]
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Is ageing in our blood?

Posted by on February 13th, 2012

The ability to learn and form memories are cognitive functions associated with the brains ability to produce and co-ordinate new neurons effectively. These cognitive abilities are well known to degenerate with age due to diminishing neurogenesis. This study published in Nature, shows that reduced regenerative ability of the brain is due not only to intrinsic […]
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An interview with Magdalena Götz

Posted by on August 1st, 2011

(This interview originally appeared in Development.) Magdalena Götz is the Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Center and Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. Her developmental work in neurogenesis has identified radial glial cells as the source of neurons in the developing brain. Magdalena joined Development as Editor in […]
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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.
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