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Development symposium photos and panel discussion

Posted by on October 30th, 2012

Last Thursday, Development organized a one-day symposium, “Past, Present and Future”, to mark the 25th anniversary of the journal. All speakers were past or present editors of Development, and the work they presented gave a broad overview of the current status of the field. At the end of the day, a panel discussion looked back[…]

Interview with Linda Partridge

Posted by on October 29th, 2012

At the EMBO meeting in late September, Linda Partridge gave a keynote talk about the role of the nutrient-sensing insulin/IGF/TOR signaling network in ageing. In her talk she showed, for example, how dietary restriction extends the lifespan of several organisms. I had a chance to talk to her later that day, and I asked her[…]

The embryonic cell lineage of C. elegans, revisited and revisualized

Posted by on October 26th, 2012

On my desk sits a tattered photocopy of one of the pinnacles of modern developmental biology, the “embryonic lineage” paper by John Sulston, et al. (1983). In this paper, Sulston et al. completed a project begun in the late 19th century, namely to trace the complete genealogy of all cells in a nematode embryo. C.[…]

Post-doc position in Tunicates Developmental Biology

Posted by on October 25th, 2012

Post-doc position in Developmental Biology Development and evolution of median fin in chordates      A post-doc position is available in the group of Sébastien DARRAS. The group has been recently established at the marine station of Banyuls-sur-mer (Mediterranean coast, close to the Spanish border). We are interested in the molecular control of the ascidian Ciona[…]

Postdoc position – Hox gene regulation in fin/limb skeletal patterning

Posted by on October 24th, 2012

Postdoc position in appendage skeletal development and evolution An NSF funded postdoctoral position of up to 3 years, is available from 1 February 2013 to work with Dr Marcus C. Davis on the evolution of Hox gene regulation in fin and limb skeletal patterning, using North American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) and axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) as[…]

BiO Editorial – Publishing in the biomedical sciences: if it’s broken, fix it!

Posted by on October 23rd, 2012

To mark Open Access Week (October 22-28), the Node is reposting a recent editorial in Biology Open (BiO), by BiO editor-in-Chief Jordan Raff. Please leave your feedback in the comments.   During my short time as Editor-in-Chief of Biology Open (BiO), I’ve come to realise that publishing in the biomedical sciences is entering a period[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 22)

Posted by on October 23rd, 2012

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development:   Nodal regulates germ cell potency During mammalian gonadal development, somatic cues regulate the sex-specific development of foetal germ cells and control the transition between proliferation and cell-fate commitment. This transition is particularly important for male germ cells: too little proliferation reduces sperm numbers[…]

Postdoctoral Researcher – Morphogenesis during animal development, Bergen Norway

Posted by on October 22nd, 2012

Postdoctoral Researcher Morphogenesis during animal development The Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology is now offering a two-year postdoc position in a research group working on morphogenesis using the notochord development in Ciona intestinalis as the model. The announced position focuses on the construction and regulation of the actomyosin network that is involved in[…]

Interview with Jiří Friml

Posted by on October 19th, 2012

At the EMBO meeting last month, Jiří Friml was awarded the EMBO Gold Medal. This medal is awarded annually to a researcher under the age of forty, who has contributed to the field of molecular biology. Friml got the award for his work on auxin transport and morphogen gradient formation in plants. In his Gold[…]

At the cutting edge of molecular biology: 25 years of Genes & Development

Posted by on October 18th, 2012

The Genetics Society’s 2012 Autumn Meeting celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Genes & Development There have been exciting advances in molecular analyses of genetic and epigenetic regulation of key cellular processes.  This meeting will  focus on issues such as chromatin, epigenetics and gene regulation, replication, checkpoints and DNA repair, RNA function and control as they[…]