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Posted by on March 16th, 2012

Dear Colleagues, IBMB SYMPOSIUMWe are pleased to announce that it is now possible to register for the *Institute of Molecular Biology (IBMB) Barcelona Conference:**From Cells to Organs, 16 – 17 April 2012*Conference website:*Registration with Abstract Submission Deadline*: 22nd March 2012 *Registration without Abstract Deadline*: 2nd April 2012 *Venue:* Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Barcelona, Spain This[…]

Quantissue Symposium

Posted by on March 15th, 2012

Biology has been revolutionized by the impact of physical forces on cell behaviour as in vivo cells are exposed to a combination of biochemical and physical cues that regulate their function. These revolutions have generated in biologists and physicists a need for new tools to analyze cellular structures. In fact, this was precisely the motivation[…]

Science advocacy

Posted by on March 15th, 2012

Last week, I attended the GSA Drosophila Genetics Meeting in Chicago. You’ll hear more about the main part of the meeting later, or you can check out the Storify of the tweets from the conference. In this post I wanted to specifically highlight one of the lunch sessions. The GSA had invited Jennifer Zeitzer, Director[…]

Differences between mammals begin early in development

Posted by on March 8th, 2012

The progress of stem cell research depends on the ability to grow stem cells in culture.  Embryonic stem (ES) cells from some organisms, such as humans, have proven difficult to culture.  While it is known that there are differences in early development between even closely-related species, understanding where these differences begin will help biologists understand[…]

Biotechnique’s Lab Grammys 2012

Posted by on March 8th, 2012

The Grammy Awards are held every year to celebrate the best of the music industry, however, they seem to miss one crucial catergory – the Science Parody. The Biotechnique’s website has remedied that by having it’s own Lab Grammys for the past two years. This year’s Grammy was won by Mark Grabiner and his colleagues[…]

Postdoctoral Research Associate CSCR Wellcome Trust (Hendrich Lab)

Posted by on March 7th, 2012

The Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research provides outstanding scientists with the opportunity and resources to undertake ground-breaking research into the fundamental properties of mammalian stem cells. Postdoctoral Research Associate in Transcriptional control of embryonic stem cell differentiation PS14181 Salary £ 27,578 – £35,938 Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to investigate the[…]

An interview with Angela Nieto

Posted by on March 7th, 2012

(This interview originally appeared in Development.) Angela Nieto is Full Professor at the Instituto de Neurociencias (CSIC-UMH) in Alicante, Spain, and Head of the institute’s Developmental Neurobiology Unit. She is also the current president of the Spanish Society for Developmental Biology (Sociedad Española de Biología del Desarollo, SEBD). We interviewed her to talk about the[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 7)

Posted by on March 6th, 2012

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development: miR-125 seals hESC neural fate MicroRNAs, small non-coding RNAs, have recently emerged as key regulators of embryonic development. In particular, they can coordinate cell fate determination by blocking alternative cell fate choices. Here (p. 1247), Alexandra Benchoua and colleagues report that the microRNA miR-125[…]

Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist

Posted by on March 5th, 2012

I recently saw a documentary about graduate students called Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist (available to watch here). It’s hour long movie follows several PhD students from Lawrence Shapiro’s lab in Columbia, NY, for 3 years as they attempt to crystallise and work out the structure of AMPK, a cellular master regulator involved[…]

Of velvet worms and water bears: a review of ‘The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction’ by Peter Holland

Posted by on March 1st, 2012

The Metazoa, our corner of the great assemblage of life, is a curious and fascinating topic, but one that is relatively obscure in these days when a great many of the scientists studying animals are concerned with them as biomedical model systems. ‘The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction’ goes a long way to illuminating[…]