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‘Another look’ at peer review: reviewing review articles

Posted by on September 25th, 2020

If this post causes a sense of déjà vu, it might be because you’ve read our recent articles: An Introduction to Writing Review Articles and Getting involved in peer review. For #PeerRevWeek2020, I thought I’d explore the intersection of these two topics. Although there are guides to train potential peer reviewers for reviewing research articles, the[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The Future of Cancer: How Genomics is Transforming Research and Treatment for All

Posted by on September 24th, 2020

In this episode, sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, we’re taking a look at how genomic technologies are transforming cancer care – now and in the future, and the importance of making sure that these advances are available to all.

Development presents…A new developmental biology webinar series

Posted by on September 23rd, 2020

Development presents… is a new webinar series showcasing the latest developmental biology and stem cell research. The webinars are chaired each month by a different Development Editor, who invites talks from authors of exciting new papers and preprints. First authors are particularly encouraged to present their work – we hope the series will become a[…]

Special issue on morphogenesis

Posted by on September 22nd, 2020

A notice from Royal Society Publishing Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue from Philosophical Transactions B – Contemporary morphogenesis, organized and edited by Kyra Campbell, Emily S Noël, Alexander G Fletcher and Natalia A Bulgakova. The articles can be accessed directly at www.bit.ly/PTB1809 Purchase the print issue at the reduced price of £35(usual[…]

From mysterious cysts to CSF-in-a-dish

Posted by on September 21st, 2020

Our brain is immersed in a clear, colourless, nutrient-rich fluid called the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which provides mechanical support to the brain and helps to circulate important molecules for brain development and function. Within the interconnected cavities of our brain, the CSF flows in and out constantly. The CSF is actively produced by the choroid[…]

Morpholinos with specificity controls please

Posted by on September 16th, 2020

Please, always run specificity controls with Morpholinos. Morpholinos can reveal gene functions that can be concealed by genetic compensation in a mutant, but rigorous specificity controls are essential to determining whether a morphant phenotype is due to knockdown of the oligo target or an unexpected interaction with a different RNA. The Morpholino-in-a-mutant approach described in[…]

Delineating the making of an embryo

Posted by on September 15th, 2020

By Hanna L. Sladitschek and Pierre A. Neveu   Our body consists of a multitude of highly specialized tissues: the neurons in our retina seem to have little in common with the glandular cells in the intestine or our muscle fibers. Yet nothing hints at that complexity at the time of conception, when the genomes[…]

Mayflies: an emergent model to investigate the evolution of winged insects

Posted by on September 11th, 2020

Winged insects are the most diverse and numerous group of animals on Earth. This great diversity has been possible thanks to the acquisition of novel morphologies and lifestyles. How the changes in their genomes contributed to the appearance and evolution of these traits is key to understand how this lineage adapted and conquered the huge[…]

Spotlight on Neuroscience: Explore new ways to light up your research

Posted by on September 10th, 2020

A lot is changing in our world, but your research can not and will not stop! With this aim, “Spotlight on Neuroscience: Exploring new ways of to light up your research” has been organized to bring together key leaders in the neuroscience field for a series of live talks, Q&As and latest on-demand webinars. Taking place[…]