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Has the academic spring sprung?

Posted by on April 23rd, 2012

Two weeks ago the Guardian newspaper, the safe port of call for most left-leaning liberal academics in the UK, devoted its entire front page to the rise of open access publishing in what it called ‘The Academic Spring’. For those of us working at the coalface, whilst this exposure was and is entirely welcome, it[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 10)

Posted by on April 23rd, 2012

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: A TOR de force in the haematopoietic niche During development and homeostasis, it is essential to coordinate growth with the availability of nutrients. The interconnected insulin/IGF (IIS) and target of rapamycin (TOR) pathways integrate tissue growth with dietary conditions in Drosophila, and now Marc Haenlin[…]

Essay contest – Developments in development

Posted by on April 18th, 2012

Have you ever thought about the future of developmental biology? Over the past decades, developmental biology has changed a lot. We have different tools, do different types of experiments, collaborate with different disciplines, and even fund and publish research in different ways. But which changes are still to come? What will the future bring? If[…]

Hazards of Field Work

Posted by on April 16th, 2012

Let’s start off this list with Pee. In. My. Face. The Chinese collector folks brought a big cage with a *ridiculous* number of 5-toed jerboas this morning. They are apparently far more plentiful and easier to catch. Unfortunately, they were more plentiful last night than in the area they went the night before when they[…]

The perils of language

Posted by on April 15th, 2012

Anyone who has known me for awhile probably knows that I really really despise carrots. Yes, I know. I am a freak. No one hates carrots. In my whole life I think I’ve met one other person with the palate I have… Sarah and I decided to skip lunch at the field station and go[…]

Let’s do the time warp…

Posted by on April 13th, 2012

I don’t even know where the last 72 hours went. Well, in fact I do. And it wasn’t spent sleeping. Since I now have 2 groups of people collecting for me, that means twice the amount of work. The Kazakhs live about an hour away, so they prefer to bring the animals to me when[…]

Stem cells at home

Posted by on April 12th, 2012

We depend on our own comfort zones to keep us grounded, and stem cells are no different.  A recent paper in Development describes how the adhesion that keeps a stem cell in its niche is regulated. A stem cell’s niche is important in maintaining its long-term undifferentiated state.  A great model of stem cell niche[…]

BSDB 2012

Posted by on April 12th, 2012

It’s been a crazy few months of travel for me, with conferences so far in Slovenia, Barcelona and Colorado. But while Coventry may not match these destinations for exoticism or glamour, I’m really looking forward to the upcoming BSDB meeting, starting on Sunday at Warwick University. It’s got a fantastic line-up of speakers, and it’ll[…]

Vote for a Development cover – Woods Hole – round 1

Posted by on April 11th, 2012

Last year you selected four covers for Development from images taken by students of the 2010 Woods Hole Embryology Course. These were the four winners: The students of the 2011 course took some stunning images as well. (See also this report from the class). We’re asking you once again to help us select a cover[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Skeletal Patterning

Posted by on April 10th, 2012

A postdoctoral position studying skeletal development is available in the laboratory of Dr. Amy Merrill at the University of Southern California’s Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology (CCMB).  CCMB offers a highly supportive and interactive environment with a strong research profile in craniofacial development and repair.  Work conducted in the Merrill laboratory integrates human genetics and[…]