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Discovering the Genetic Basis of Mimetic Color Diversity in Bumble Bees

Posted by on August 20th, 2019

As a first-year graduate student, I had the good fortune of accompanying Dr. Pierre Rasmont (U. Mons, Belgium) and his lab group on an expedition to collect bumble bees in Turkey. At our first stop onto the dry but flower-rich volcanic lands, we each dispersed to collect bees. At the time I was working to[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Sex and death

Posted by on August 15th, 2019

We’re telling tales of sex and death, and exploring the very darkest side of genetics.

The people behind the papers – Shai Eyal and Elazar Zelzer

Posted by on August 13th, 2019

This interview, the 67th in our series, was recently published in Development Most bones in the vertebrate skeleton are made in the same way – endochondrial ossification – yet they display a variety of shapes and sizes. The question of how these unique bone morphologies, including the superstructures that protrude from their surfaces, arise during development is[…]

Turning back the clock of neural progenitor cells: a simple recipe to generate de novo retinal ganglion cells

Posted by on August 12th, 2019

Press release for a new Development paper on reprogramming in the retina. Scientists at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany, discovered that a single transcription factor drives retinal progenitor cells to reacquire the potency to generate Retinal ganglion cells. The[…]

CRISPR-Cas9 – what’s left to know?

Posted by on August 8th, 2019

This post was originally posted on the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine’s blog Dominic Owens, PhD student in the De Bruijn group at MRC MHU, recounts how puzzling results and a fortuitous lab meeting uncovered unexpected outcomes of CRISPR editing and changed the direction of his research.   It’s May 2018 and I’m feeling nervous. I was[…]

Cancer Research UK’s new investment in paediatric cancer research

Posted by on August 8th, 2019

We are increasing our investment in paediatric cancer research by launching two new significant funding calls. We would like to encourage proposals to investigate the following concepts amongst others- the basis of tumour initiation and progression novel models that would enhance pre-clinical research. Please see the links below for the complete list.   The Cancer[…]

A day in the life of an onychophoran lab

Posted by on August 7th, 2019

What are onychophorans and why do we study them? My name is Sandra Treffkorn, and I recently finished my PhD in the department of zoology lead by Georg Mayer at the University of Kassel, Germany. In our research group, we focus on studying the evolution of animal diversity by investigating two very interesting but largely[…]

July in preprints

Posted by on August 5th, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use these links to get to the section you want:   Developmental biology | Patterning & signalling | Morphogenesis & mechanics | Genes & genomes | Stem cells, regeneration & disease modelling | Plant development Evo-devo &[…]

Transparent peer review at Development

Posted by on August 1st, 2019

Publishing peer review reports In the interests of promoting transparency around the editorial process, Development will now be publishing a ‘Peer review history’ file alongside published papers, where the author has opted-in to such a file being published. All research papers submitted on or after 1 August 2019 are eligible. The file can be found on the[…]