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The Node in Japan

Posted by on June 30th, 2012

Earlier this month, I attended the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, which was held in Yokohama this year. I won’t go into much detail about the meeting itself, because James and Dongjin wrote some great posts about it for the Node. If you haven’t yet read them, take a look:[…]

MBL course: Gene regulatory networks for Development

Posted by on June 28th, 2012

In October, the MBL in Woods Hole will host the 5th high level short course on developmental gene regulatory networks. Course directors are Eric Davidson and David McClay, with Isabelle Peter as Assistant Director. From the course directors: “This high level short course on developmental gene regulatory networks will be offered to graduate students, postdocs,[…]

CoB Workshop: Epigenetic Memory Day 3

Posted by on June 27th, 2012

Tuesday, third day of the workshop, brings up more arguments to the epigenetic memory debate. Alyson Ashe from Cambridge UK discussed the establishment and maintenance of silencing through generations in worms. Jonathan Chubb presented his work using Dictyostelium and live imaging to investigate pulses of expression and how it relates to epigenetic memory. Neil Brockdorff[…]

CoB workshop: Epigenetic Memory, Day 2

Posted by on June 27th, 2012

The day starts with a sumptuous breakfast, and the promise of some great talks. Carl Wu talks about the assembly of histone variants at yeast centromeres. Edith Heard takes us through a journey of how X-inactivation occurs in mice. The talks by the students and postdocs are all very good as well. Helen Blau, then[…]

@ICAR 2012: Introductory Workshop on the Mechanics of Plant Growth

Posted by on June 26th, 2012

Please join us on the first day of ICAR 2012¬† (Tuesday 2nd July 16.00-17.30) for a series of short topical introductions to the field and discussions. Find out how mechanics could enrich your everyday view of plants, and your research! The mechanics of plant growth is a historically rich field, which has provided great insight[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 14)

Posted by on June 26th, 2012

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: BRAF signalling sets astrocyte numbers Astrocytes are the most numerous cell type in the mammalian central nervous system but little is known about the regulation of astrocyte precursor proliferation during development. Using the astrocyte marker Aldh1L1-GFP, David Rowitch and co-workers now begin to fill this[…]

CoB Workshop: Epigenetic Memory

Posted by on June 26th, 2012

After nearly 20 hours of traveling, I have arrived at the stately house Wiston in the English countryside county of West Sussex, England. Before even getting out of the car, I find it easy to shrug off the jet lag and fatigue; perhaps it has something to do with the serene landscape of green hills[…]

Postdoctoral Research Associate position at UCL

Posted by on June 25th, 2012

Applications are invited to join a research group¬† investigating the developmental mechanisms, genetics and cell biology underlying neural tube closure and neural tube defects (NTDs). Recent research has identified key roles for Grainyhead-like transcription factors in regulating neural tube closure. The purpose of the current project is to further define the role of Grhl genes[…]

EuroStemCell: latest news and what next?

Posted by on June 25th, 2012

EuroStemCell is an EU-funded project focussed on public engagement with stem cell and regenerative medicine research. For the latest news on what we’re doing and major issues affecting the field, check out our June newsletter. You’ve probably seen our posts on The Node before, so we thought you might like to have your say in[…]

Meeting Report – The 4th Young Embryologist Meeting

Posted by on June 23rd, 2012

The Young Embryologist Network (or YEN for short) held its fourth annual meeting this year on the 1st June. The conference began as a small afternoon gathering in a lecture room at UCL, but over the years it has now become a fully catered day-long event, this year filling a huge lecture theatre at the[…]