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Cosy Science London

Posted by on February 28th, 2013

The Company of Biologists is sponsoring the next Cosy Science Meeting.  “Jerky or Smooth: The Evolution of Cancer!”, a talk by David Pellman, will be held on March 13th at 7pm at The Cittie of Yorke pub, London. There will be plenty of time for discussion, and nibbles and free drinks will be provided for[…]

This month on the Node: February 2013

Posted by on February 28th, 2013

It was a short month, but a momentous one in the life of the Node: Eva, who set up the site and ran it for the last almost three years, has said goodbye and moved on to new challenges. We’ll need your help to keep things going until her replacement arrives, so please keep posting,[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 140, Issue 6)

Posted by on February 27th, 2013

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Cofilin and Vangl2 kick start planar cell polarity The planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway orients cells within the plane of an epithelium during development. Experiments in Drosophila indicate that the core PCP proteins move to the apical cell membrane during the initiation of PCP[…]

Bioinformatician (Smith Lab and Hendrich Lab) Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Coucil Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

Posted by on February 26th, 2013

The Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute provides outstanding scientists with the opportunity and resources to undertake ground-breaking research into the fundamental properties of mammalian stem cells. Salary: £24,049-£27,047 A new post has become available to perform bioinformatic analysis of high-throughput data generated by the research teams of Professor Austin Smith and[…]


Posted by on February 21st, 2013

Today was my last day as Community Manager for the Node, so this is goodbye from me! I’ve had a great time these past three years, setting up the site and learning what’s of interest to the developmental biology community. My favourite part of the job was meeting people in person at conferences and lab[…]

myIDP (Individual Development Plan) by Science Careers

Posted by on February 21st, 2013

The myIDP (Individual Development Plan)  is career aptitude test and career planning site for scientists developed by Science Careers. I recently changed careers, starting my own scientific writing company after a postdoc in developmental biology, so I was interested to see how the software worked. The first thing you do is go through a few[…]

Breakthrough Prize floors winners with sheer amount of money

Posted by on February 20th, 2013

Eleven biologists received some unbelievable news this week: They will each receive 3 MILLION dollars from a newly established award. The Breakthrough Prize was founded by Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) , Sergey Brin (Google) and venture capitalist Yuri Milner, with the goal of supporting research into life extension and curing diseases. Among the eleven winners are[…]

Image competition: stem cells

Posted by on February 20th, 2013

In a journal like Development, full of beautiful immunofluorescence images of developing tissues and organisms, it’s quite rare that a picture of stem cells stands out from an aesthetic point of view. Cells growing in a dish just aren’t quite as pretty as multicolour embryos or organs. At least, that’s the impression that we get[…]

Mouse Molecular Genetics: Save the date 18-21 September 2013

Posted by on February 19th, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the 26th annual Mouse Molecular Genetics meeting will be held at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, from 18 to 21 September 2013. This meeting is a leading forum for researchers who apply genetics and genomics techniques to address fundamental issues in mammalian biology, including stem cell biology, development, epigenetics[…]

Cover winner: mouse confocal

Posted by on February 19th, 2013

We have a winner! This colourful image quickly took the lead, and stayed there. It will appear on the cover of Development soon. This confocal image (extended focus Z stack) of an E10.5 day mouse embryo was taken by Joyce Pieretti (University of Chicago), Manuela Truebano (Plymouth University), Saori Tani (Kobe University) and Daniela Di[…]