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Systems biology PhD position in stem cells and cell migration – University of Aberdeen

Posted by on November 30th, 2013

A four-year PhD position is available to combine computer modelling with experimental work investigating stem cell specification, activity, and cell migration in the development and maintenance of the vertebrate cornea.   Further details are available here:   The deadline for applications is 16th December.  Please feel free to contact Prof Martin Collinson ( or[…]

Evolution of the First Nervous Systems II

Posted by on November 29th, 2013

What is the earliest Phylum of metazoans to possess what we would recognize as a nervous system? Did earlier organisms have all the components of a nervous system in the absence of what we would recognize as neurons? What is a neuron? Did nervous systems evolve independently more than once? Where were all the molecular[…]

Royal Society Publishing – Molecular and functional evolution of transcriptional enhancers in animals – TB 1632

Posted by on November 29th, 2013

Posted by Felicity Davie, Royal Society Publishing: Molecular and functional evolution of transcriptional enhancers in animals – TB 1632 – Dec 13 Royal Society Publishing has just published Molecular and functional evolution of transcriptional enhancers in animals, compiled and edited by Marcello Rubinstein. This content can be accessed at A print version is also available at the[…]

UPMC/Curie Developmental Biology Course 2013

Posted by on November 29th, 2013

The 4th Annual UPMC / Curie International Course on Developmental Biology titled “From Stem Cells to Morphogenesis” took place in Paris during a 5-week period in September-October 2013. Participants included both Masters and PhD students coming from all over the world. Students from Brazil, Canada, Greece, Portugal, France, Germany, Spain, England, India, Russia and Italy[…]

Blue Skies and Bench Space: Adventures in Cancer Research

Posted by on November 28th, 2013

If you’re interested in how science is done, what it takes to make major discoveries, and how we got to where we are today, you may be interested in a book that’s just been published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. The book’s called Blue Skies and Bench Space: Adventures in Cancer Research, and its[…]

Temporary Node shutdown- Friday the 29th of November

Posted by on November 28th, 2013

The Node will temporarily shutdown tomorrow, Friday the 29th of November, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (GMT). We hope to be up and running soon after! (No Ratings Yet)Loading…

Worm Watch Lab: Real data, real outreach

Posted by on November 27th, 2013

Research, write grants, publish papers, teach, manage staff, collaborate. And now engage the public?! Most scientists have their hands full, and while public engagement sounds nice in the abstract, actually finding time to do it well can be a challenge. This is the beauty of citizen science: it’s not just outreach, it let’s you get[…]

Postdoctoral Research Associate Vacancy, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Edinburgh

Posted by on November 26th, 2013

A post is available on a BBSRC funded project to examine the functional role of Nanog and downstream target genes during primordial germ cell (PGC) development. We have shown that Nanog-null PGCs do not develop fully and this post will determine the residues within Nanog that mediate function, test the possibility that the Nanog target[…]

PhD student position at the IBMB-CSIC, Barcelona

Posted by on November 26th, 2013

Laboratory of Developmental Neurobiology We are looking for: Enthusiastic researchers with a BSc or Master Degree in biomedical sciences with interest in Developmental Neurobiology. Good academic records are required. Good spoken and written command of English We offer: A highly multidisciplinary and competitive training programme in biomedical research. Access to state-of-the-art infrastructures. The selected candidate will investigate[…]

A young brain forever?

Posted by on November 25th, 2013

Memory impairment and age-related “brain decline” is a topic to which anyone relates to, a topic of great interest for both the scientific community and our aging population. So, imagine my curiosity and excitement when I came across this title: “Loss of dickkopf-1 restores neurogenesis in old age and counteracts cognitive decline”…luckily the paper also[…]