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Transcending boundaries: MBL Embryology 2012

Posted by on July 6th, 2012

The most striking realization I have had over the course of last four weeks spent at MBL, Woods Hole is how limitless is the scientific spirit . Pioneers of classical embryological manipulation techniques appreciating the importance of mathematical modeling, groups going to non-model organisms in search of an answer, groups identifying novel questions by merely[…]

Growing a human body part – and cloning babies

Posted by on July 4th, 2012

Last week, I attended the “Growing a Human Part” talk at the Royal Institution, with talks by John Gurdon and Helen Blau. You can read the announcement on the Node, and find the summary below in my collected tweets. The audience at the talks was quite diverse. There was a class of high school students,[…]

CoB Workshop (Day 4): Epigenetic Memory

Posted by on July 3rd, 2012

Reflecting on all the great talks over the course of four days, this meeting has been one of the most enjoyable I’ve been to – I’m sure it was due to equal parts setting and participants. Having a small number of high caliber participants was amenable to lively follow-up discussions either over food, drink, or[…]

12th International Conference on Limb Development and Regeneration, Mont-Tremblant Canada

Posted by on July 3rd, 2012

This year’s limb conference was held on the 3-7 June at the scenic Mont-Tremblant, Quebec in Canada hosted at Le Grand Lodge hotel. During the winter, it is one of North America’s most popular skiing destination, but during the summer periods, it becomes a stunning location with views across the mountains of trees and magnificent[…]

Stem Cell Revolutions: A Review

Posted by on July 2nd, 2012

Stem cells are often in the media and are promoted as wonder cells that can solve the problems of most diseases. The stories told throughout this film give the story of stem cells behind the hype and describes the  real state of stem cell research and therapies today as well as what we are aiming[…]

This Month on the Node – June 2012

Posted by on July 2nd, 2012

June marked the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, as well as the Node’s second birthday. We celebrated this occasion with… a plethora of conferences, courses, workshops, and job postings! It was our busiest month ever, in terms of site visits as well as in number of posts, so let’s see what everyone has[…]