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This month on the Node – November 2012

Posted by on November 30th, 2012

Site upgrade We now have a “featured topics” bar across the top of the page, which has the same function as these highlight posts: to let you know what happened on the Node recently. This upgrade also came with author profile page. Do remember to fill out your profile bio, because people can now see[…]

Book review: An introduction to decoding genomes

Posted by on November 29th, 2012

This book review originally appeared in Development. Jennifer Mitchell reviews “Introduction to Genomics” (by Arthur M. Lesk). Book info: Introduction to Genomics By Arthur M. Lesk. Oxford University Press (2011) 424 pages ISBN 978-0-19-956435-4 £34.99 (paperback) The past 20 years has seen a revolution in genomics. From the completion of the human genome in 2003,[…]

Coming Soon

Posted by on November 29th, 2012

We recently asked you what your favourite papers of 2012 were. From December 1 to 24, you’ll be able to see 24 of these papers behind the virtual doors of our advent calendar. Come back each day, click the calendar in the sidebar, and find out what your colleagues – from students to lab heads[…]

Mammalian epigenetics in biology and medicine – NEW from Royal Society Publishing

Posted by on November 27th, 2012

Royal Society Publishing has just published Mammalian epigenetics in biology and medicine, compiled and edited by Fumitoshi Ishino,Yoichi Shinkai and Emma Whitelaw. See – for further details or you can go straight to the issue contents at The issue (and ALL Royal Society content) is currently freely available to access online until 29th[…]

The BSCB Science Writing Competition- time to start writing!

Posted by on November 27th, 2012

Have you got a great science story in you? This autumn, the BSCB is again running its Science Writing Competition! The judges are looking for interesting, enthusiastic articles covering topics of key relevance in biomedical science- this can mean a piece on research but also other topics relevant to cell biology, such as science policy[…]

Featured posts and author pages

Posted by on November 26th, 2012

Notice something different on the Node today? We now have a bar at the top to feature particular posts. It will be updated by Node admins, who select posts to appear here. (N.B. If you see text but not in neat little boxes, your browser still remembers the old design. Refresh page and/or clear cache[…]

Post-Doctoral Research Associate position at University College London

Posted by on November 23rd, 2012

Post-Doctoral Research Associate position at University College London Cancer Institute The group is based at the Cancer Institute at UCL and works on modelling inherited and acquired haematopoietic diseases using the zebrafish. The goal is to generate relevant models to study the genetics of these disorders and perform chemical screens to identify novel therapeutic targets[…]

Postdoctoral Positions

Posted by on November 21st, 2012

POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS are available to study different aspects of mammalian organogenesis, with a particular focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling the development of the visual system and the lymphatic vasculature using available mouse models. Highly motivated individuals who recently obtained a PhD or MD degree and have a strong background in molecular, cancer[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 24)

Posted by on November 21st, 2012

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Translating Apc1 loss into intestinal proliferation Most colorectal cancers carry inactivating mutations in adenomatous polyposis coli (APC), a negative regulator of Wnt signalling. Moreover, in mice, Apc inactivation is sufficient to drive intestinal hyperplasia. Now, Julia Cordero, Owen Sansom and colleagues use the adult[…]

SpotOn London

Posted by on November 20th, 2012

Last week I attended SpotOn London – a conference focused entirely on the role of the Internet on research, science outreach, science policy, tools, and related topics. There were talks about using alternative metrics to asses the value of research papers, discussions about doing outreach while working in the lab, issues related to women in[…]