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Things that look like Xenopus

Posted by , on 18 February 2013

Have you ever thought to yourself ‘Hey, that inanimate object looks just like a xenopus!’ No? Well maybe after reading this you will. I started a PhD in a Xenopus lab ...

The UCL-Tohoku University joint Symposium is coming soon!

Posted by , on 18 February 2013

Dear developmental biologists and neurobiologists, I’d like to give you some information on the UCL-Tohoku University joint Symposium from 21st to 22nd Feburary. If you are interested in research fields ...

Stem cell decisions and the cell cycle

Posted by , on 15 February 2013

A lot of things cycle in life, even down to the cellular level.  In the developing central nervous system, regulators of the cell cycle play important roles in maintaining the ...

Marsupials are a missing link in vertebrate development

Posted by , on 12 February 2013

Marsupials were popular models for early development in the early 1900s , with classic morphological studies performed by notable embryologists such as J.P. Hill, C.G. Hartman, T.T. Flynn (Errol Flynn’s ...

In Development this week (Vol. 140, Issue 5)

Posted by , on 12 February 2013

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development:   Evolution of mesoderm induction Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are essential for mesoderm induction in vertebrates and for early ...

Review: Electric shock

Posted by , on 7 February 2013

Last year, Matter launched, after a successful  Kickstarter campaign, as a magazine that publishes only long, well-written articles related to “science, technology and the ideas shaping our future”. Each issue ...

Science Online Conference

Posted by , on 1 February 2013

The annual Science Online conference is currently underway in North Carolina. It attracts mainly scientists and science writers who use the internet to advance science communication. Everyone at the conference ...

Retroviruses for Axolotl Research

Posted by , on 1 February 2013

Many salamanders can regenerate limbs, and even a seven-year-old child appreciates exactly the reasons why this feat is so remarkable.  How can an animal that has been living its life, ...

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