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Genetics Unzipped podcast: The eyes have it – from genetics to gene therapy

Posted by on July 2nd, 2020

We discover how researchers are bringing discoveries about the underlying genetic faults that cause eye diseases all the way through to game-changing gene therapies designed to save sight.

Introducing ACME: the species-versatile fixation and dissociation solution for single cell analysis

Posted by on July 1st, 2020

This post highlights the approach and findings of a new research article available in preprint on BioRxiv. This feature was written by members of the Solana lab, authors of that paper. Single cell techniques are revolutionising biology, but at the moment they are largely limited to traditional model organisms and require access to specialised equipment[…]

June in preprints

Posted by on July 1st, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  Preprints hosted on bioRxiv and arXiv, 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 & evo Cell biology Modelling Tools &[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development goes virtual

Posted by on June 30th, 2020

When COVID-19 hit Europe, it quickly became clear that holding scientific conferences was not going to be possible (or responsible) for some time, and that we weren’t going to be able to gather in September for Development’s 4th From Stem Cells to Human Development conference. Having been deeply involved in this meeting series since its[…]

Pandemic networking: a virtual experiment

Posted by on June 30th, 2020

The scuttling of conferences by COVID-19 has deprived scientists of one of their main ways to network*. Gone now are the chance (or not so chance) encounters with people you know only from author lists as you stand in line for coffee between talks, in elevators or bars, at poster sessions and organised socials…This new world[…]

Now we need arrest… A long journey into the end-of-flowering

Posted by on June 29th, 2020

By Tom Bennett & Catriona Walker   25th May 2020: Publication TB: The joy of seeing an article finally published is always slightly tempered by the long-drawn out process of peer review, re-writing, re-submission, re-review, proof-reading, required to get to that point. But the publication of our article ‘Auxin export from proximal fruit drives arrest[…]

List of virtual talks, seminars, forums

Posted by on June 29th, 2020

Updated 29 June. Let us know if we missed anything   Various organisations and looser assemblies of locked down researchers have begun to put together online seminar and talk series, many of which are open to anyone (usually with registration), and many of which also have previous talks recorded. Here’s a list of what we’ve[…]

Salah Elias introduces a new virtual forum for early PIs in cell and developmental biology

Posted by on June 29th, 2020

Of the many virtual seminar series that have sprung up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in particular caught our eye – the New PIs in Cell and Developmental Biology Forum (you can follow updates and find information by following #NewPICellDev on Twitter). To find out more about the series we met Salah Elias,[…]

Survey about online seminars & conferences

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

The ongoing pandemic has resulted in many scientific conferences moving to an online format, and researchers who can no longer attend seminars at their institutes have been organising and attending various virtual seminar series (here on The Node there are currently over 40 online events listed in developmental biology and beyond). Several considerations about virtual[…]