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This month on the Node – April 2012

Posted by on April 30th, 2012

Discussions We launched an essay competition, “Developments in development”. If you have any thoughts on the future of developmental biology – whether it’s about techniques, funding, or the general direction of the field – submit an essay before July 2nd, for a chance to be published in Development. For full details, see this post. Speaking[…]

Tweets from the BSCB/BSDB/JSDB meeting

Posted by on April 30th, 2012

Although there was no “official hashtag” to be used on Twitter, several attendees of the recent BSCB/BSDB/JSDB meeting were livetweeting the event. I tried to keep up, and collected several of the tweets in this Storify, so you can see what was discussed online during the conference. A full report from the meeting is on[…]

And of course there’s a hedgehog…in the car

Posted by on April 28th, 2012

We have been getting pretty good videos for the past few days, but it seems the animals have realized we aren’t actually predators and have gone on strike. After the first night of filming, Talia was dissatisfied with the lighting and visibility of the animals, so we decided to get a few more lights and[…]

Of course there are chickens…

Posted by on April 27th, 2012

We just got back from the desert about a half hour ago, at 2:30 am, after a pretty successful evening. We also went earlier in the day to build a fenced off enclosure where we could run the animals in front of Talia’s infrared cameras. As we were getting into the car, I said to[…]

Interview with Beddington Medal winner Boyan Bonev

Posted by on April 27th, 2012

Each year, the British Society for Developmental Biology awards the Beddington Medal for the best PhD thesis in developmental biology. At the 2012 BSDB meeting, this award went to Boyan Bonev, who completed his PhD in Nancy Papalopulu’s lab at the University of Manchester. At the conference, Boyan gave a talk about his PhD work,[…]

Epigenomics of Common Diseases 12-15 October 2012

Posted by on April 26th, 2012

Abstract deadline: 27 July 2012 | Registration deadline: 1 September 2012 Building on the success of last year’s event, ECD 2012 will bring together scientists from the fields of epigenomics, genetics and bioinformatics to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving field. This Wellcome Trust conference will discuss recent advances focusing on genome-wide approaches that[…]

The IMPC: a new era in mouse genetics

Posted by on April 26th, 2012

The sophistication of genetic tools and the relative ease of breeding and housing mean that the mouse is the most widely used mammalian organism for basic and biomedical research. The genotype-phenotype information that will emerge from the efforts of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC), now well into its first year, will advance all areas[…]

Baby camels!

Posted by on April 25th, 2012

Now the real adventures begin. We arrived at the field station on Sunday and met with The Fixer on Monday afternoon to discuss arranging a driver for the next week or so. We explained to him what the goals are, where we’d like to go, the time of day/night, duration of the trip, and asked[…]

Dates for your calendar

Posted by on April 24th, 2012

Registration deadlines: April 29 – Early registration and abstract submission deadline for the third meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EED) April 30 – Registration deadline for Molecular & Cellular Basis of Regeneration & Tissue Repair (EMBO conference and BSDB Autumn Symposium) May 28 – Early registration deadline for the SDB meeting[…]

A horse is a horse of course of course…

Posted by on April 24th, 2012

Unless it’s a Przewalski’s horse! Oh where to even start! The embryo collections came to completion on Wednesday, and now we are on to Phase II. We returned to Urumqi on Thursday so I could give a talk at Xinjiang Normal University and we could pick up Talia at the airport on Friday. Sarah and[…]