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Posted by on July 29th, 2011

The winner of the fourth round of Development cover images, collecting more than half of the total votes, was this squid embryo image, taken by Amber O’Connor from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Runners-up in this round of images (all taken by participants of the Woods Hole Embryology course in 2010) were a fly[…]

Post-doc position: Canada

Posted by on July 28th, 2011

I currently have an opening in my research group for a post-doc to investigate the development of the vertebrate skeleton.  Our lab studies the development of the neural crest derived skeleton in a comparative manner in chicken and fish embryos (zebrafish and Mexican tetra).   This position will focus on the signals involved in the patterning[…]

Live imaging of stem cell maintenance, loss, and renewal in the Drosophila testis

Posted by on July 28th, 2011

Stem cells have often been imaged live in culture, but very few stem cell systems are conducive to live imaging within their native tissues.  An essential property of adult stem cells that they are maintained at specific anatomical locations called niches.  The interactions between stem cells and their niche are crucial, but are often disrupted[…]

From the Embryology 2011 Class: 4th of July Parade

Posted by on July 26th, 2011

Because Woods Hole, MA is home to both an Oceanographic Institute and the Marine Biological Laboratory, most of the people in this small town have some connection to the scientific community. As a result, the fourth of July festival in Woods Hole, MA is a celebration of uninhibited science-geekery. Some of the highlights included the[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 16)

Posted by on July 26th, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Pushing the nuclear envelope Not all nuclei are regular spheres as is often shown in textbooks. For example, in Drosophila embryos, nuclei are initially spherical but they elongate and acquire an irregular lobulated morphology during cellularisation. These morphological changes coincide with transcriptional activation of[…]

Top Developmental Biologists meet in Chile for a laboratory and lecture course: open to Latin American and International applicants

Posted by on July 25th, 2011

Top Developmental Biologists meet in Chile for a laboratory and lecture course

Biology Open – Be one of the first to submit

Posted by on July 22nd, 2011

Biology Open is a new journal, launching in September 2011, from The Company of Biologists, publishers of Development, Disease Models & Mechanisms, Journal of Cell Science and The Journal of Experimental Biology. The journal is online-only and Open Access and will publish peer-reviewed research across all aspects of the biological sciences. Biology Open will aim[…]

Visualize it!

Posted by on July 19th, 2011

Here’s a short “behind the scenes” on our paper about visualizing gene expression data, published in Nucleic Acids Research. When I joined James Briscoe‘s lab as a postdoc, my project’s ultimate goal was (and still is) to decipher and model the gene regulatory network underlying neural tube patterning. For this, I need to know where,[…]

SCI Coordinator – vacancy at University of Cambridge, Wellcome Trust CSCR

Posted by on July 18th, 2011

The Cambridge Stem Cell Initiative encompasses 200 researchers spanning fundamental science through to clinical applications. Our goal is to advance disease modelling, drug discovery and regenerative medicine through understanding the genetic and biochemical mechanisms that control stem cell fate. The Coordinator will enhance the performance and profile of Cambridge as a world-leading centre of excellence[…]

In touch with your feminine side? Not like a butterfly (or a chicken)

Posted by on July 18th, 2011

Last week, the butterfly keepers at the Natural History Museum in London came across an incredibly rare phenomenon: a lateral gynandromorph. This butterfly is both male and female, and the division is bilateral, with the left half being male and the right female. This occurrence is almost certainly the result of chance improper separation of[…]