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Node updates

Posted by on August 31st, 2011

Survey As you know we carried out a survey about the Node this summer. Thank you to those who answered our questions! It was very helpful. We’re currently analysing the results, and you can expect a report on the Node soon. One lucky survey participant, Greg Shanower of The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, Philadelphia[…]

Better late than never… 70th SDB meeting report

Posted by on August 31st, 2011

Thanks to the support from the Company of Biologists I had the opportunity to attend the 70th SDB meeting that was held last month in the hot but wonderful city of Chicago. During three days we enjoyed more than 60 excellent talks and about 500 really good posters that were focused on different aspects of[…]

September desktop calendar

Posted by on August 30th, 2011

We’re as surprised as you are that September starts in a few days! Time to get a new desktop calendar. While it may look like an African violet, this is actually a staining of the four-cell stage of a slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata) just about to cleave to the eight-cell stage. This image, taken by[…]

7th European Zebrafish Meeting

Posted by on August 29th, 2011

During the European summer Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, is famously the place to be at while it hosts its world-renowned Festival. But this year it is also the place where the European Zebrafish Meeting was celebrated. The efforts of the Local and International Organizing Committees of the 7th European Zebrafish Meeting made this possible. As[…]

The Cell: An Image Library

Posted by on August 29th, 2011

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In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 18)

Posted by on August 23rd, 2011

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: Shaping up the Hippo pathway The Hippo pathway, which regulates cell proliferation, is regulated by cell density: low cell density induces weak Hippo signalling, leading to nuclear accumulation of the transcriptional co-activator Yap and the promotion of proliferation, whereas high cell density prevents nuclear[…]

PhD position in Inner Ear Development and Regeneration, UPF-PRBB

Posted by on August 17th, 2011

FGF and Retinoic Acid Signaling during development and regeneration The inner ear is a highly complex sensory organ that allows us to communicate with the external world. Sensory information is captured by specialized sensory cells that emerge during development in a precise temporal and spatial order. This PhD project will address the question on how[…]

Embryonic stem cells – keeping a clean slate

Posted by on August 15th, 2011

Do your ears perk up when you hear about embryonic stem cells?  We all have heard and/or participated in the controversy surrounding the use of them, yet there is no debate over their biological importance and medical potential.  A paper in Journal of Cell Science describes the newly-indentified role for Banf1 in ESC self-renewal. Embryonic[…]

The Wonder of Stem Cells

Posted by on August 12th, 2011

At the ISSCR meeting in Toronto in June I noticed this display at the top of the escalators: These fabrics with patterns related to stem cells are part of an ongoing exhibition at Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre (OSC). In collaboration with the Stem Cell Network, the “Super Cells: The Wonder of Stem Cells” exhibit displays[…]

Waves of early transcriptional activation and pluripotency program initiation during human preimplantation development

Posted by on August 9th, 2011

Since I was an undergraduate student at the Veterinary School in Milan, and throughout the rest of my scientific career, I have been fascinated with the complexities of mammalian preimplantation development. That’s why the publication of our recent paper “Waves of early transcriptional activation and pluripotency program initiation during human preimplantation development” feels like the[…]