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Vote for a Development cover – Woods Hole – round 2

Posted by on May 31st, 2012

The winner of the previous round of images from the 2011 Woods Hole embryology course appeared on the cover of Development a few weeks ago. But which of the following will receive the same honour? It’s up to you to decide: vote in the poll below the images for the one you would like to[…]

Winning image: six zebrafish

Posted by on May 29th, 2012

Earlier this month, you voted for your favourite image from the International Course on Developmental Biology. The winner, exactly 100 votes ahead of number 2, was this zebrafish embryo image: The image shows six Sox10-GFP transgenic embryos, in which GFP and DAPI fluorescence are merged. The picture was taken by Mariana Herrera Cruz (Instituto de[…]

2012 Santa Cruz Developmental Biology meeting

Posted by on May 25th, 2012

Wake your labmates and tell your friends – abstracts are due by Friday June 1 June 15! The meeting The Santa Cruz Developmental Biology meeting will be held Aug 8-11. Since 1992, the SCDB has been one of the premier meetings in Developmental Biology. The 20th anniversary meeting continues its emphasis on innovative developmental biology,[…]

How obsession can fuel science blogging: The story of Retraction Watch

Posted by on May 23rd, 2012

It was a summer afternoon in 2010 when Adam Marcus and I had the phone conversation that led to the birth of Retraction Watch. We had each been covering medicine and science for more than a decade, and we had come to realize that we shared an unusual obsession: Scientific retractions. We had both experienced[…]

Essay competition writing tips

Posted by on May 23rd, 2012

Have you started writing your essay yet? The Node and Development’s essay competition, “Developments in development”, is looking for essays in which you express your views about the future of developmental biology. In this competition, you’re writing for other scientists, but you’re not writing a scientific paper. It’s an opinion piece. You can use facts[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 12)

Posted by on May 22nd, 2012

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Mechanical changes in cochlea development Correct patterning of the mammalian inner ear sensory epithelium, which contains mechanosensory outer hair cells (OHCs) that detect and amplify sound vibrations and non-sensory supporting cells such as pillar cells (PCs), is essential for hearing. The cell surface mechanical[…]

Postdoctoral position in invertebrate stem cell biology

Posted by on May 22nd, 2012

Postdoc position available at School of Natural Sciences and Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), National University of Ireland, Galway, to study the molecular mechanisms that control pluripotency and early lineage commitment in stem cells of the cnidarian Hydractinia. This animal is an established cnidarian genetic model organism, amenable to gene expression analysis and manipulation and classical[…]

Publishing ‘dirty’ data

Posted by on May 22nd, 2012

How much does it matter that the images we publish are neat and tidy? It’s a question I’ve been dealing with over the past couple of weeks, and I wanted to share some thoughts. Here at Development, as at many journals, we check all figures before publication to try and identify potentially inappropriate image manipulation.[…]

Senior Research Assistant

Posted by on May 17th, 2012

A research assistant position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Brad Davidson, soon to be located in the Department of Biology at Swarthmore College.  We investigate fundamental questions of Cell Signal Integration and Gene Network Evolution by focusing on the earliest steps of heart cell specification. For more information see This position is a great match[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Zebrafish Lab at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis Indiana, USA

Posted by on May 16th, 2012

A postdoctoral position is available in the zebrafish laboratory of Ryan M. Anderson at the Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana ( We use zebrafish as a genetic/epigenetic model to study pancreatic endocrine cell differentiation during development and regeneration. The fellow will study cell reprogramming in vivo using newly isolated mutants[…]