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March in preprints

Posted by on April 2nd, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  In lock down you might find yourself with more time to read; reading some science might also be a welcome distraction from the pandemic. Lots of fascinating stuff in March, hosted on bioRxiv and arXiv– let us know if we missed anything. Use these links to[…]

Genetics Unzipped: The accidental discovery of genetic fingerprinting

Posted by on March 26th, 2020

We take a look at the story of genetic fingerprinting, and some of the earliest cases solved by this game-changing technique.

Labs in lockdown II

Posted by on March 25th, 2020

A couple of weeks ago we posted a collection of tweets from scientists about COVID-19. A lot has changed since that time – we in the UK are two days in to our own lock down, along with many parts of the world – and so we thought it would be a good time to[…]

Time to crack coding?

Posted by on March 24th, 2020

As labs shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, some might be unsure of what to do next. Even if your project doesn’t have a computational (i.e. bioinformatic) aspect, knowing some code can still be useful to present your research. Importantly, learning to code is particularly well-suited for the current situation, because there are[…]

Development and the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by on March 23rd, 2020

Last week, I and the rest of the Development team said goodbye to our lovely office, and a new era of remote working has begun. But we’re lucky – editorial work can (we hope!) proceed pretty much as normal from our desks at home. Of course, things are not so easy for researchers: shutting down[…]

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 Q&As

Posted by on March 18th, 2020

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 had a fantastic planned line up of plenary speakers. Over the past three days we managed to sit down for a virtual chat with five of them – in these short videos, you’ll hear about their science, their connection to the BSDB, how the coronavirus has been affecting their labs, and more.  […]

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 – Exhibitor Showcase

Posted by on March 18th, 2020

Exhibitors are crucial to fund society conferences like BSDB/Gensoc 2020, and since they did not have the chance to promote themselves in person, here we are showcasing some of them (the post will be added to as more come in, as they understandably have a lot on their plate right now!) Who are you and[…]

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 – eTalks and Tweetorials

Posted by on March 18th, 2020

The BSDB/GenSoc meeting’s cancellation left organisers and us thinking about ways to try to replicate some of it online. Over on Twitter it’s been a blast – just look at #BSDBGenSoc2020 where you’ll find speaker profiles, poster sessions (which we also put on the Node: I and II), and lots of discussions. But what about[…]

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 Poster Session II

Posted by on March 17th, 2020

Here’s the second poster session of the virtual BSDB / Genetics Society 2020 meeting. The presenters would love to hear your comments and questions   1. Rebecca Lea (The Francis Crick Institute) ‘Identifying novel regulators of human pluripotency and embryogenesis’.   Fighsare link   2. Lara Busby (University of Cambridge) ‘Investigating time & cell fate[…]