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Epigenetics and Nuclear Signalling position at Abcam – come join us!

Posted by on January 11th, 2013

Abcam is a leading web based business supplying research tools to life scientists worldwide. Our head office is in Cambridge (UK), we also have offices in Bristol (UK), Cambridge, Eugene and San Francisco, (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Hong Kong and Hangzhou (China). A position has become available to develop the product portfolio in the Epigenetics and[…]

François Guillemot joins the Development team

Posted by on January 10th, 2013

Here at Development, we’re delighted to welcome François Guillemot to the team of academic editors. François will be replacing Alexandra Joyner, who is soon to step down as our neurodevelopment expert. François heads up the Division of Molecular Neurobiology at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, and his research focuses on the regulation[…]

Postdoc Position

Posted by on January 10th, 2013

A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in my laboratory. The overall goal of our laboratory is to understand the cellular and molecular basis of vertebrate organogenesis. Our primary focus is on the elucidation of the mechanisms that govern fate decision and cellular plasticity within the endoderm, for example between pancreas and liver. Toward this aim[…]

Overly Honest Methods

Posted by on January 8th, 2013

Why did you incubate that sample for 16 hours? Because you wanted to go home for the day – but that much detail is not in your paper! Last night, a few scientists on Twitter started sharing their “overly honest methods”, and today the #overlyhonestmethods hashtag exploded with lots of funny and true stories about[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 140, Issue 3)

Posted by on January 8th, 2013

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development:   Directed differentiation: Nodal steps forward The directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into endodermal derivatives, including insulin-producing pancreatic β cells, has considerable clinical promise in cell replacement therapies. The first step in this process is the conversion of pluripotent stem cells into definitive[…]

Postdoc position

Posted by on January 4th, 2013

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Sophie Astrof to study roles of cell-extracellular matrix interactions in cardiovascular development and disease using mouse model system. The research will involve investigation of the role of extracellular matrix in orchestrating signaling/communication between various progenitor cell populations during morphogenesis of the aortic arch arteries.  In[…]

What’s the future of peer review?

Posted by on January 3rd, 2013

Jordan Raff’s recent Biology Open editorial on the future of publishing, posted on the Node, sparked quite a debate in the comments section. Much of that discussion focussed on perceived problems with the peer review system in scientific publishing. Particularly with the rise of journals like PLoS One and BiO, it seems that authors are[…]

Top Node posts of 2012

Posted by on January 3rd, 2013

Happy New Year! We’ve looked at our stats for the past year to see which posts were the most popular. At the top of the list were the Woods Hole images and the two essay competition nominees, There’ll be dragons? and An Excitingly Predictable ‘Omic Future. But there were many other popular posts this past[…]