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Translational Immunology

Posted by on December 6th, 2019

Translational Immunology 26-27 MARCH 2020, GHENT, BELGIUM   The aim of this conference is to bridge the translational gap in immunopathology, bringing together clinicians, research scientists and industry partners to discuss prominent advances from the bench to the clinic. The different sessions will have a particular focus on precision medicine in general, starting from disease-oriented[…]

Suzanne Eaton (1959-2019)

Posted by on December 6th, 2019

This obituary by Frank Jülicher was recently published in Development Suzanne Eaton, Professor at the Technical University Dresden and Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, tragically died on 2 July 2019. Suzanne was a remarkable person, both as a scientist and as a human being. Having worked[…]

Genetics Unzipped – Sperm wars!

Posted by on December 5th, 2019

Stories of sneaky sheep, substandard racing stallions, the Vikings of the Scottish Isles and news from the front lines of the sperm wars. 

Genetics Unzipped – Uprooting the Tree of Life

Posted by on December 5th, 2019

Should we believe our eyes or our sequencing machines when it comes to deciding what makes a species, and could Jurassic Park ever become a reality?

Understanding Birth Defects in the Genomic Age

Posted by on December 2nd, 2019

By Ashish Deshwar and Nicole Edwards Two weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend the Company of Biologists Workshop, “Understanding Birth Defects in the Genomic Age”. This workshop brought together a diverse collection of basic developmental biologists, human geneticists and clinicians to discuss the current challenges and opportunities in the field of birth defects[…]

November in preprints

Posted by on December 2nd, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month we found preprints detailing extensive mouse and fly knockout resources, exploring bacterial influences on development, and investigating mechanics in vivo and in silico. They were hosted on bioRxiv and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything. Use these links to get to the section you[…]

The people behind the papers – Ding Li and Jianbo Wang

Posted by on November 29th, 2019

This interview, the 72nd in our series, was recently published in Development.  Heart development in mammals is a beautifully complex process. Patterning, proliferation and differentiation are all coordinated with cell movements and tissue morphogenesis (for instance elongation, fusion, folding, looping). However, our knowledge of the molecular regulators of heart development currently outstrips what we know about the[…]

EDBC 2019: preprints workshop

Posted by on November 21st, 2019

For the first time in 20 years, researchers from across the continent gathered for the European Developmental Biology Congress in Alicante, Spain (October 23-26 2019). Fortunately, we won’t have to wait another 20 years for the next one – it will be held next in the UK in 2023. But in addition to a fantastic[…]

How do new cell types evolve? Sea urchins show the way….

Posted by on November 21st, 2019

We know surprisingly little about how evolution has created new cell types. One of the best examples of a recently evolved cell type comes from early sea urchin development. Most sea urchins produce a group of early embryonic cells known as micromeres- four small blastomeres that form by unequal cell division at the vegetal pole[…]