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#DevBiolWriteClub on the Node, Post #2:

Posted by on October 18th, 2020

In my first post a few months back, I talked about the need for working scientists to create new habits of mind by practicing the craft of being a writer.  Since then, I took my own advice.  I abandoned Twitter, helped folks in the lab to get five papers into the BioRxiv, and finally finished[…]

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: CRISPR/Cas technology

Posted by on October 12th, 2020

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, last week saw the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work on the CRISPR/Cas system. It’s hard to believe that it was only 8 or so years ago that they – along with their colleagues Martin Jinek, Krzysztof Chylinski and others[…]

Traditional Embryology with Modern Imaging Approaches: Investigating Morphogenetic Feedback on Pattern Formation

Posted by on October 9th, 2020

Timothy Fulton, Vikas Trivedi, Andrea Attardi & Benjamin Steventon As developmental biologists, we often find ourselves carefully looking at developing embryos as they undertake a dramatic and fascinating task: making a complex organism out of a few initial embryonic cells. On the other hand, for engineers, building complex structures out of simple constituent parts under[…]

Development presents… October webinar videos

Posted by on October 8th, 2020

Yesterday over two hundred people from all over the wall tuned in to the first instalment of Development presents…, Development’s new webinar series. For those who missed it, here you can watch the talks, plus their following Q&A sessions moderated by Development Editor-in-Chief and webinar chair James Briscoe. The videos will be taken down after[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: From Philadelphia to Baltimore: Tales of Chromosomes, Cancer Cells and Henrietta Lacks

Posted by on October 8th, 2020

In this episode we’re taking a road trip from Philadelphia to Baltimore, exploring stories of chromosomal cut-and-paste, cancer cures and Henrietta Lacks’ incredible cancer cells.

Development presents…A new developmental biology webinar series

Posted by on October 2nd, 2020

The webinar videos can now be viewed here (they’ll stay up for two weeks).   Updated 02 October We’ve had over 400 registrations already! For those attending, this post has been updated with an order of play for the day, and the webinar homepage has also been updated with a How To for Remo, our[…]

Forgotten filaments to the fore

Posted by on October 1st, 2020

The cytoskeletal filament network within our cells underpins the functionality of virtually all cellular processes. Apart from conferring a structural framework giving cells their unique shapes, the cytoskeleton also regulates a host of dynamic activities ranging from cell division to migration, transport, and polarization. Understanding how the cytoskeleton orchestrates these events with unique spatial and[…]

The long road to understanding homeobox genes in the nervous system

Posted by on October 1st, 2020

Following the initial discovery of the homeobox in the 1980s in invertebrates and then vertebrates, it became quickly clear that homeobox genes come in two flavors – that of the Antennapedia-like HOX cluster genes and that of the many more non-clustered genes with diverse sequence and expression features (Gehring, 1998). One theme that became evident[…]

September in preprints

Posted by on October 1st, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  The preprints this month are 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[…]