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This month on the Node – December 2012

Posted by on December 31st, 2012

And we’ve reached the end of another full calendar year on the Node. What were your favourite posts this year? As a refresher, here is a look back on some of the content of this past month. Advent calendar For most of this past month, you will have been able to find a new paper[…]

Book review: Theme and variations on biology and civilisation

Posted by on December 27th, 2012

This book review originally appeared in Development. Alfonso Martinez Arias reviews “Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life ” by Enrico Coen. Book info: Cells to Civilizations: The Principles of Change that Shape Life. By Enrico Coen. Princeton University Press (2012) 360 pages ISBN 9780691149677 $29.95 (hardback) In 1953, Alan Turing, a[…]

From sharks to mammals

Posted by on December 26th, 2012

My name is Idoia, I am a PhD student within the Brainshark group at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). I am currently finishing a research stay at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) funded by the travelling fellowships offered by the Company of Biologists. It is being four years since I started my predoctoral[…]

December 25

Posted by on December 25th, 2012

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Advent calendar round-up

Posted by on December 25th, 2012

If you have been following along with the advent calendar we’ve had in the sidebar for the past couple of weeks, you will have seen twenty-four papers – all selected by readers of the Node. We’ve seen a diverse selection of papers, all describing recent work in developmental and stem cell biology. The people who[…]

December 24

Posted by on December 24th, 2012

Today’s recommended paper is: Transient downregulation of Bmp signalling induces extra limbs in vertebrates Bea Christen et al. (2012) Development 139 (14), 2557-2565 Submitted by Tohru Yano: “This paper show us crazy results of extra fins/limbs at the same position! I believe both these funny observations and finding of developmental mechanisms are needed in the[…]

A feedback from Paris UPMC/Curie International program

Posted by on December 23rd, 2012

The UPMC/Curie Institute International Course in Developmental Biology took place in Paris during five weeks. Students coming from Master or PhD programs around the world gathered together for the three first weeks to participate to the practical part. The group was composed of approximately 20 people from France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, India, Greece, the[…]

December 23

Posted by on December 23rd, 2012

Today’s recommended paper is: Inhibition of SRGAP2 Function by Its Human-Specific Paralogs Induces Neoteny during Spine Maturation Cécile Charrier et al. (2012) Cell 149 (4), 923-935 Submitted by Joanna Asprer: “The paper shows that a human-specific paralog of SRGAP2 may have played a role in human evolution by promoting the formation of denser and longer[…]

December 22

Posted by on December 22nd, 2012

Today’s recommended paper is: Cartwheel architecture of Trichonympha basal body Paul Guichard et al. (2012) Science 337 (6094), 533 Submitted by the Raff lab: “We chose this paper because by finding an unusual organism, which had such a long centriole, they managed to answer a fundamental question in the centrosome field, for which we thought[…]

December 21

Posted by on December 21st, 2012

Today’s recommended paper is: Protocadherins mediate dendritic self-avoidance in the mammalian nervous system. Julie L. Lefebvre et al. (2012) Nature 488, 517-521 Submitted by Seema Grewal: “This paper shows that that Pcdhs in the mammalian nervous system provide the basis for neuronal recognition during dendritic self-avoidance, similar to the way in which Dscam isoforms control[…]