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Evo Devo Art

Posted by on October 21st, 2013

I make art that brings together music, animation, and performance to explore evolutionary and developmental biology themes. I aim to illuminate the magic of the biological world for a broad audience of scientists and non-scientists, young and old. In order to communicate science to the general public and fuel a sense of awe at the[…]

Neocortex evolution and human uniqueness

Posted by on October 20th, 2013

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the[…]

BSCB/BSDB 2014 Meeting- Registration is now open

Posted by on October 18th, 2013

Registration for the 2014 BSCB/BSDB Meeting to be held at the University of Warwick on the 16th-19th of March is now open. The meeting includes plenary talks from Janet Rossant and Kai Simons. Full program and registration is available from, (+1 rating, 1 votes) Loading…

An interview with Janet Rossant

Posted by on October 18th, 2013

This interview first appeared in Development.   Janet Rossant is a developmental biologist who has worked for many years on the mouse blastocyst, the derivation of stem cell lines and on investigating the mouse genome. In June 2013 she became the president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). At the 2013 International Society[…]

Research Technician

Posted by on October 17th, 2013

Salary: £24,049 – £27,047 Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road, Cambridge, CB2 1QR, UK. Fixed Term: The funds for this post are available until 31st May 2017 in the first instance.     The Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute draws[…]

The European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences – Bridging the gap between science and schools

Posted by on October 17th, 2013

Research in the modern life sciences is moving forward at an enormous pace and is generating massive amounts of data and new insights into the molecular principles of life on Earth. More than ever it is important for science teachers to stay up-to-date and to refresh their knowledge continuously. They are an important professional group,[…]

Outreach activity- fold your own protein

Posted by on October 17th, 2013

Have you ever folded a protein with your hands? You can do so by visiting our TeachingBASE. We invite you to create your own three-dimensional model of a protein using an A4 paper template. By following the provided instructions we show you how to fold a triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) barrel. TIM barrels are some of[…]

(Developmental) Biology around the internet- October 2013

Posted by on October 16th, 2013

Here is our monthly round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:   News & Research: – The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced, awarded to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman  and Thomas C. Südhof for their work on vesicle trafficking. – The US government shutdown continues, with consequences[…]

2 Nobel Prize winners discuss the Company of Biologists

Posted by on October 15th, 2013

You may remember that last August the charity and non-for-profit publisher of Development and the Node, the Company of Biologists, launched its YouTube channel. The latest movie in the company’s channel is an interview with two Nobel Prize winners- John Gurdon and Tim Hunt, respectively the previous and the current Chair of Directors of the Company of Biologists.[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 140, Issue 21)

Posted by on October 15th, 2013

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Deconstructing pancreas development in vitro An effective cellular therapy for diabetes is dependent on the production of sufficient quantities of functional β-cells. Recent studies have enabled the production of pancreatic precursors but efforts to expand these cells and differentiate them into insulin-producing β-cells have[…]