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Last days to register for “Past, Present and Future” symposium

Posted by on October 18th, 2012

Just a reminder that registration for Development‘s 25th anniversary symposium “Past, Present and Future” is closing at the end of this week. By Monday, the venue will need to know who is attending, so make sure to sign up this weekend at the latest. The symposium will be held at Cripps Court (Magdalene College) in[…]

The Hydra Summer School – training future stem cell biologists at the frontier

Posted by on October 17th, 2012

Despite the fact that I write this meeting post after three weeks of the summer school, I feel as though I’m writing directly from the Hydra Island, the experience and memories are that fresh! I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the 8th European Summer School on Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine[…]

Worms teach about germline stem cells

Posted by on October 10th, 2012

To me, the stem cells within a germline are a perfect storm of fascination.  Stem cells are, of course, intriguing in their ability to self-renew and differentiate, and a germline is intriguing in its ability to generate gametes.  Add stem cells and germlines together, and you have amazing biology in front of you…and more biology[…]

Nobel Prize 2012

Posted by on October 8th, 2012

As you’ve almost certainly heard, this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Professor Sir John Gurdon and Professor Shinya Yamanaka. This is thoroughly deserved recognition for groundbreaking work that not only provided revolutionary insights into the nature and plasticity of the genetic material inside each cell, but has also opened[…]

Hydra Summer School in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

Posted by on October 8th, 2012

The Hydra Summer School presents a unique opportunity to young scientists in the field of stem cell research to engage with leading experts and peers alike. Set on an idyllic Greek island, where you’re more likely to encounter the wrong side of a donkey than a bicycle or car, an intensive week-long programme of lectures,[…]

Meeting Report: 1st Spanish Conference on the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology of Drosophila. 25-28th September. Aiguablava, Girona.

Posted by on October 6th, 2012

In the middle of the worst political and financial turmoil Spain is experiencing since the return of its young democracy, the 1st Spanish Conference on the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology of Drosophila emerges as an example of how science in Spain can and should be done. The history of Spanish Drosophila research started in[…]

Helsinki University laboratory visit funded by Development travel fellowship

Posted by on October 4th, 2012

I would like to express my gratitude for the travel fellowship I was awarded this year for a visit to a laboratory in Helsinki University. During my trip to Yka Heliarutta’s lab in Helsinki, I learned three new histological techniques: plastic embedding of plant root tissue followed by cross-sectioning, in situ hybridization with such tissue[…]

Polarity and Prejudice – EMBO Meeting Day 3 and 4

Posted by on October 2nd, 2012

The last two days of the EMBO meeting were quite busy, with lots of interesting plenary talks, concurrent sessions, and special symposia. On Monday evening two interesting non-biology talks were happening at the same time: one about Women in Science, and one about Science Policy & Publishing. I attended the Women in Science talk. The[…]

Mike Gaze (1925-2012)

Posted by on October 1st, 2012

We recently learned that Mike Gaze passed away last month. In addition to running a research group working on the development of the visual system in Xenopus and heading up the NIMR‘s Division of Developmental Biology for many years, Mike was Editor of The Journal of Embryology and Experimental Morphology in the ’70s and ’80s,[…]

This Month on the Node – September 2012

Posted by on October 1st, 2012

September is “back to school”-month in a lot of countries, and “back to the lab” for those lucky few who had time off. We saw this reflected on the Node with a lot of varied content and several job postings. Here’s a summary. EMBO meeting The annual EMBO meeting took place in Nice from September[…]