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The 2012 UK National Xenopus Conference

Posted by on April 10th, 2012

The UK national Xenopus conference is an annual event held to discuss the exciting and extremely varied work carried out across the UK using the African clawed frog (Xenopus) as the model organism of choice. The event provides opportunity for PhD students and Postdocs from Xenopus labs round the UK to present their data to[…]

Let the collections commence!

Posted by on April 6th, 2012

All is well. The Kazakh family is unbelievable. They have been catching more than 20 females each night although almost every one of them died the first two nights. We think it’s because they overheated during the day before they were able to bring them to me. So now they’re bringing the animals each night[…]

Origins of Tissue Stem Cells – June 28-29, 2012 in Edinburgh

Posted by on April 5th, 2012

Upcoming deadlines: oral abstract, poster abstract and early bird registration – 23 April 2012 Meeting chairs: Dr Clare Blackburn and Dr Val Wilson (University of Edinburgh) Topics: •  Gut and associated organs: when, where and how do stem  cells arise? •  Specifying the hematopoietic lineage •  Stem cell development •  Specifying the neural lineage •[…]

I was so hungry…

Posted by on April 5th, 2012

I ate a horse. Seriously. I ate horse meat tonight. I wouldn’t have ordered it, and I don’t feel so good about myself for doing it, but I believe in adapting and respecting a culture which includes eating pretty much anything (that’s not obviously unsafe) that’s put in front of me (with the exception of[…]

2012 Canadian Developmental Biology Conference Overview

Posted by on April 4th, 2012

A few weeks ago, over 150 Canadian and international graduate students, post-docs and scientists met for the 6th biennial Canadian Developmental Biology Conference. This year’s conference was held in the middle of the world-renowned Rocky Mountains, in the beautiful town of Banff, Alberta. Although the blue skies and snow-covered mountaintops beckoned, a program filled with[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 9)

Posted by on April 3rd, 2012

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Haematopoiesis to knock your SOX7 off During vertebrate development, haematopoietic and endothelial cells emerge from a common mesodermal progenitor, the haemangioblast. Upon haematopoietic commitment, the haemangioblast generates blood precursors through populations of endothelial cells with haemogenic properties, but what regulates the generation of haemogenic[…]

Sub-Nuclear Structures and Disease

Posted by on April 3rd, 2012

Sub-Nuclear Structures and Disease 28 June-1 July 2012 The Møller Centre, Cambridge, UK Now in its third year, this Wellcome Trust meeting will focus on the biology of sub-nuclear structures including the nucleolus, cajal and PML bodies. These structures have key roles in normal and diseased cells and they interact in a dynamic way. A[…]


Posted by on April 3rd, 2012

In the study of the roles of genes during development, one problem that is often faced by researchers examining ‘late’ roles of genes is one of obscuration by temporal pleiotropy. That is: gene mutations and gene knock-down obscure late roles in development, because early phenotypes, such as cell death or malformed embryos, make it impossible[…]