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Inflate your embryo

Posted by on September 17th, 2019

How would you create a hole between two sticky surfaces? Simply crack it! At a first glance, trying to pull apart the two surfaces seems to be a good idea, but in practice, you might need a lot of energy. However, it seems that the mouse embryo has found a smart and efficient way to do[…]

Workshop commentary: past, present and future of choroid plexus and cerebrospinal fluid biology

Posted by on September 16th, 2019

Written by: Aida Rodrigo Albors, Laura Pellegrini and Neil Dani. This July, The Company of Biologists Workshops together with Maria K. Lehtinen and Fiona Doetsch organized a meeting titled “New Frontiers in the Brain: Unexpected Roles of the Choroid Plexus-Cerebrospinal Fluid System in Health and Disease”. Set in the gorgeous countryside of Steyning in the United[…]

Stowers Research Conferences: Developmental Cell Biology

Posted by on September 12th, 2019

Stowers Research Conferences are biennial meetings that bring together researchers, faculty, and graduate students to inspire creative thought and collaboration in the basic sciences. The Developmental Cell Biology meeting will include 11 speakers with 13 talks chosen from abstracts, 2 poster sessions and a conference party to close the meeting. April 22-24, 2020 Abstract Deadline: January[…]

The people behind the papers – Maurício Rocha-Martins and Mariana Silveira

Posted by on September 12th, 2019

This interview, the 68th in our series, was recently published in Development. See also the Press Release associated with the paper and also Brazilian newspaper Folha’s piece on the work  Retinal ganglion cells connect the retina to the brain, and their degeneration underlies glaucoma, which is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in humans and currently untreatable.[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Big Questions about the Big C

Posted by on September 12th, 2019

We’re digging into some of the mysteries around what’s often seen as the ultimate genetic disease: cancer.

Heinrich Reichert (1949-2019)

Posted by on September 10th, 2019

This obituary by Sonia Sen and K. VijayRaghavan was recently published in Development Heinrich Reichert, Professor Emeritus at the University of Basel, Switzerland, passed away on the 13th of June 2019 after a prolonged illness. Heinrich described himself as ‘a hedonist when it came to science’ because he said it gave him great pleasure. It was[…]

The birth of vision

Posted by on September 9th, 2019

By decoding the genetic mechanisms that control the neurons of the visual system, researchers at UNIGE are unveiling the first steps in the construction of vision, paving the way for regenerative eye medicine. A Press Release from the University of Geneva.   How is the retina formed? And how do neurons differentiate to become individual[…]

Introducing: DevoWormML

Posted by on September 2nd, 2019

  I am pleased to announce a new collaborative interest initiative called DevoWormML, based on work being done in the DevoWorm group. DevoWormML will meet on a weekly basis, and explore the application of machine learning and artificial intelligence to problems in developmental biology. These applications can be geared towards the analysis of imaging data,[…]

August in preprints

Posted by on September 2nd, 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[…]