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Writing tips for Node bloggers

Posted by on January 26th, 2014

We realise that a lot of the people who register for an account with the Node are not experienced bloggers. It can be hard to write your first blog post: What should I write about? What is the best style? How long should a post be? To help you write your first post (or make[…]

Colourful life of a fruit fly

Posted by on January 22nd, 2014

Those lucky scientists, who study organisms which allow live imaging experiments to be effectively performed, do not always appreciate what a luxury it is to watch the tissue of interest develop in time. Scientists who work on less accessible models that take long time to develop to term, look with envy on the beautiful movies[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 3)

Posted by on January 21st, 2014

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Hoxb1b gets the neural tube into shape Hox genes are classically known for their roles in patterning the anterior-posterior axis of animals. Now, on p. 639, Mihaela Žigman, Cecilia Moens and colleagues uncover a new role for Hoxb1b in regulating cell shape, oriented divisions[…]

(Developmental) Biology around the internet- January 2014

Posted by on January 15th, 2014

Here is our monthly round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:   News & Research: – Nature revealed their list of 10 people that mattered in 2013, while the UK Science Council revealed its list of 100 leading UK practicing scientists. – This Christmas saw developmental biologist Alison Woollard present[…]

The Node in Oxford

Posted by on January 9th, 2014

  The Node is back on the road in 2014, and our first stop this year is the city of dreaming spires- Oxford in the UK!     Cat, the Node community manager, will be giving two talks on Monday the 13th of January:     ‘How to use social media to promote and communicate[…]

Group leader position in Marseille, France

Posted by on January 8th, 2014

CALL FOR A GROUP LEADER POSITION AT THE DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY INSTITUTE OF MARSEILLE The Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille (IBDM) is a leading research institute in Europe, with a unique focus on the study of developmental systems with interdisciplinary approaches using a wide range of animal models (Drosophila, Xenopus, C. elegans, chick, rat and mouse).[…]

Top Node posts of 2013

Posted by on January 6th, 2014

Happy new year everyone! To wrap up 2013 we had a look at our stats to find what out which were the most popular posts of the last year. 2013 saw the usual varied mix of news, research, meeting and discussion posts, so there was a lot to read!     Most viewed posts: 1-[…]

Imaging techniques gives insight to what happens in aged eggs

Posted by on January 4th, 2014

Currently, more and more women delay having children because of pursuing higher educational and career aspirations, as well as changing cultural norms. Unfortunately their eggs become susceptible to chromosome mis-segregation as a consequence of maternal aging. This would generate aneuploid embryos, so causing increased and birth defects (Jones and Lane, 2013). However, the actual ways[…]

EvoDevo PhD position available in Sheffield, UK

Posted by on January 3rd, 2014

This PhD is part of the NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership ACCE (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment). This is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, York, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. A PhD position is available in the Fraser laboratory at the University of Sheffield, Department of Animal[…]

Rewiring the brain

Posted by on January 3rd, 2014

Watching animals, with their vast diversity of complex behaviours, can never be boring. In the animals around us, ants, spiders, lizards, dogs, cats, fish, birds…, we see so many different modes of locomotion, nesting, foraging and hunting in both solitary and social forms. Peculiar moves of appendages, bobbing of heads, unique calls and colours make[…]