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International Stem Cell Awareness Day

Posted by on September 30th, 2012

International Stem Cell Awareness Day is October 3, 2012, so on this day please help spread the word about the importance of stem cell research!   For more information on this day (and free wallpapers and downloadable stem cell images), visit, which is affiliated with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at[…]

Presentation tips from the EMBO meeting

Posted by on September 27th, 2012

At the EMBO meeting earlier this week, I had the opportunity to ask a few of the plenary speakers how they prepared for their talks. These speakers all had clear presentations that were easy to follow, even if you didn’t know much about the background of their field. It turns out that that was no[…]

Cover winner: bat embryo

Posted by on September 27th, 2012

It was a close race at times, but the bat embryo was able to maintain its lead to become the winner of the latest Woods Hole image competition. This bat will appear on the cover of Development soon: The image shows an Alcian blue staining of a Stage 17 bat (Carollia perspicillata) embryo, and was[…]

Postdoc position in Galway, Ireland

Posted by on September 25th, 2012

I am looking for an enthusiastic postdoc to work in my lab on stem cell biology in the cnidarian Hydractinia. The person should have a strong background in developmental biology, cell/molecular biology or in a related area. The position will be available in January 2013, initially for two years but can be extended by additional[…]

Stem cell map of Europe

Posted by on September 25th, 2012

EuroStemCell is an EC-funded project that aims to help European citizens make sense of stem cells, by providing reliable, independent information and road-tested educational resources on stem cells and their impact on society. We’ve recently launched an interactive stem cell map of Europe – featuring stem cell news, events, regulations, research centres and more. Take[…]

From molecules to ecosystems – EMBO meeting day 2

Posted by on September 24th, 2012

Biology is studied at different levels of size: molecules, cells, organisms, and entire ecosystems. The second day of the EMBO meeting covered all of these. The plenary opening session on RNA covered the molecular. David Tollervey and Elisa Izaurralde described biochemical processes in RNA processing and post-transcriptional regulation, and Rob Singer showed techniques to follow[…]

Images for ‘BodyWorks’ Exhibtion @ Glasgow Science Centre – March 2013

Posted by on September 24th, 2012

Hello Everyone, I represent one of two PhD students from the lab of Dr Kim Dale at the University of Dundee currently engaged in designing an exhibit for the new exhibition ‘BodyWorks’ at the Glasgow Science Centre (GSC) due to open in March next year. The exhibition itself, which will be based on the whole[…]


Posted by on September 23rd, 2012

SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE ● Ref: RA876 £30,122 per annum                                                                 A postdoctoral position to investigate the role of microRNAs in skeletal muscle development and differentiation is available in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. The full time post will be part of a dynamic research group[…]

Behind the Paper: Support beyond Countries

Posted by on September 23rd, 2012

When Dr. Eva Amsen, Community Manager for the Node and Online Editor for Development, recommended me to write this post in connection with our recent publication about mechanisms of pectoral fin development in zebrafish, she was anxious to know the continuation of a story in Nature News last year after the earthquake (commented by my[…]

Cycles and cell cycles – EMBO meeting day 1

Posted by on September 23rd, 2012

The fourth annual EMBO meeting is currently underway in Nice. I had a few hours to walk around the city before the meeting started, and discovered that Nice is a haven for cyclists, with a network of bicycle paths and a city-wide bike share system. But last night, Nice also became a haven for cell[…]