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Meeting report- First joint meeting of the French society for developmental biology and for genetics

Posted by on November 25th, 2013

The first joint meeting of the French Society for Developmental Biology and the French Society of Genetics took place close to Avignon, in Isle sur la Sorgue, between the 12th and the 15th of November. This small meeting was a great chance to hear about the interesting developmental biology going on in France, and to[…]

Making an Exhibition of your Science

Posted by on November 22nd, 2013

What is a science exhibition? These are publicly accessible exhibitions that hold stalls designed to communicate specific areas of science to a lay audience. They tend to vary in terms of their content and the groups of people they are intended to engage with but will usually involve a series of organised events and stalls[…]

Outreach activity- Using modified ping-pong balls to demonstrate early embryogenesis and embryonic stem cell activity

Posted by on November 22nd, 2013

  Why is this a good activity? It is often difficult to communicate how the organization of individual cells can affect later function, particularly with regard to early embryogenesis and the organization of embryonic stem cells. This activity allows a simple way of visualizing these processes to all age groups from any educational background. The[…]

World Cell Race 2013

Posted by on November 22nd, 2013

Usain Bolt may be the fastest man alive, but which is the fastest cell? Since 2011 that the World Cell Race has been trying to answer this question. The motivation behind the competition is not only to find the fastest cell, but also to understand and discuss cell mobility. Cell movement is very important during development[…]

A day in the life of… a chick lab

Posted by on November 21st, 2013

Hi I’m Steve and I work in the Sensory Development lab at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. We study the development of the chick inner ear. I haven’t always been in a chick lab – during my Ph.D. at The University of York I used Xenopus, so it was really nice[…]

ELLS Webinar: Neuronal cell death goes live – microglia as the guardians of the developing brain

Posted by on November 20th, 2013

Ever wondered how cells communicate with each other during brain development? What happens to cells which the body doesn’t need any longer? And how do scientists study the events that are going on inside the brain? In the upcoming ELLS Webinar, EMBL group leader Francesca Peri looks at the brain’s phagocyting cells – the microglia[…]

A study on cell migration provides insights into the movement of cancer cells

Posted by on November 20th, 2013

Using Drosophila melanogaster, researchers at IRB Barcelona discover that during multiple cell migrations a single cell can act as leader, dragging the others with it. _____________ The migration of groups of cells in order to form tissues is common during the development of an organism. Discovering how these multiple movements are achieved is not only[…]

Job opportunity at UNSW in Sydney, Australia: Research Assistant

Posted by on November 20th, 2013

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(Developmental) Biology around the internet- November 2013

Posted by on November 19th, 2013

Here is our monthly round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:   News – Developmental biologist Jim Smith, director of MRC National Institute for Medical Research, has been announced as the new MRC Deputy Chief Executive and Chief of Strategy. – Elena Cattaneo is the winner of 2013 Stem Cell[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 140, Issue 23)

Posted by on November 19th, 2013

Here are the highlights from the new issue of Development:   Broken-hearted over Hippo Mammalian cardiac regeneration is greatly impeded by the massive loss of cardiomyocytes that occurs following acute injury. The failure of the remaining cells to proliferate is a considerable challenge for the field, but the molecular mechanisms that control cardiomyocyte proliferation in[…]