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Stem Cells in Developmental Biology: a debate at the BSDB

Posted by on March 29th, 2013

See below a posting from our website ( on the discussion that took place at the BSDB on whether to change or not the name of the society to include Stem Cell Biology. Some of the people who have read it have encouraged me to post it here to see what people think and I[…]

March news: Unproven stem cell therapy in Italy and an upgraded stem cell toolkit

Posted by on March 28th, 2013

I’ve just sent out EuroStemCell’s monthly newsletter and thought I’d share a couple of the big items that might interest all of you. It’s been another busy month, with lots of events ranging from schools activities to discussions with policy makers about changes to the EU Clinical Trials Directive. Plus, we’ve given our toolkit of[…]

On how odd critters can answer important questions

Posted by on March 27th, 2013

Sproing! Sproing! Sproing! If there is one animal that deserves its own cartoon sound, it is the jerboa – a bipedal desert rodent with extraordinarily elongated hindlegs, fused foot bones, and loss of the first and fifth toes. I blogged here from China last spring during the most recent field collection of jerboa embryos, and[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 140, Issue 8)

Posted by on March 26th, 2013

Here are the highlights from the new issue of Development: Molecular map of posterior hypothalamus The hypothalamus is a key integrative centre in the vertebrate brain that regulates many essential functions, including homeostasis and stress responses. Several transcription factors that are essential for hypothalamic development have been identified but the production of diverse neuron types[…]

Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop at Darling Marine Center

Posted by on March 22nd, 2013

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center will once again host a Developmental Biology Teaching Workshop, June 25-29, 2013.  Openings are still available! This workshop is geared toward university faculty, postdocs, and graduate students interested in teaching developmental biology.  It provides basic hands-on experience with organisms commonly studied in teaching laboratories. These include sea urchins[…]

New Reviews Editor at Development!

Posted by on March 22nd, 2013

Dear readers of the Node, Hi there! My name is Caroline and I am the new Reviews Editor covering all things stem cells at Development. I come to you from the land down under, namely Australia, where I did my PhD on kidney development and stem cells in the lab of Prof Melissa Little at[…]

Report on “The Making of a Vertebrate – RIKEN CDB Symposium 2013”

Posted by on March 22nd, 2013

When your model organism of choice is medaka, and you spend your mornings trying to rid your embryos of their tough chorion, you comfort yourself thinking that one day all the hard work will result in A) a paper, and/or, B) a visit to Japan. After all, medaka are Japanese killifish (Oryzias latipes). When the[…]

Postdoc and PhD positions: Growth control in Drosophila

Posted by on March 20th, 2013

Post-doctoral and PhD positions are available in the lab of Savraj Grewal, University of Calgary, Canada. ( The main focus of the lab is to study the control of growth using Drosophila as a model system. We use a combination of molecular, genetic and proteomic approaches to investigate the cell-cell signalling pathways and the genetic[…]

CiteAb: a search engine for antibodies

Posted by on March 14th, 2013

This week we’re launching CiteAb – a brand new antibody search engine suitable for Developmental Biologists working with model organisms, including C. elegans, Drosophila, Zebrafish, Xenopus and Chick, as well as mammals. We feature nearly 1 million antibodies, rated by citations. See for more details. This is a new site so we would very[…]

Stem cells image competition: voting

Posted by on March 14th, 2013

Over the last few weeks, you’ve been submitting your images for the Node and Development‘s stem cell cover competition. We received a large number of entries, and you’ve proved to us that stem cells – both in their natural environments and in a dish – can be just as beautiful as the embryos that normally[…]