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Interview with Beddington Medal winner William Razzell

Posted by on April 14th, 2014

Each year, the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) awards the Beddington Medal to the best PhD thesis in developmental biology. This year’s award went to William Razzell, who completed his PhD in Paul Martin’s lab at the University of Bristol. At the BSDB Spring Meeting last month, Will presented his thesis studies of wound[…]

(Developmental) Biology around the internet- April 2014

Posted by on April 13th, 2014

Here is our monthly round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:   News & Research: – This year’s Waddington Medal was awarded by the British Society for Developmental Biology to Prof Phil Ingham! – Are you a budding science writer? The Wellcome Trust launched their 2014 Science Writing Competition, and are[…]

What’s your favourite gene?

Posted by on April 11th, 2014

I recently took part in the ‘I’m a scientist, get me out of here!’ outreach event. As soon as the school children found out I was a developmental geneticist and worked out what I did, one question I was repeatedly asked was: “what’s your favourite gene and why?” so for a bit of fun, I[…]

Outreach competition- the winners

Posted by on April 10th, 2014

Science outreach often involves using metaphors, where a real life object or situation is used to explain a complex scientific concept. Last December we launched an outreach competition, and we asked the Node readers to submit pairs of images: a photograph of a real life scene and an image of the scientific concept that it helps[…]

Cellular Architectures at the Nuit Blanche 2013 in Paris

Posted by on April 9th, 2014

The “Nuit Blanche” in Paris. A city wide exposition of contemporary arts from dusk till dawn. Performances, light shows, dance, installations. Along the Canal Saint-Martin the visitors stroll from one exhibition to the next or sit down and take a break, chatting and drinking. A bit further up Boulevard Avenue Richerand the south-west entrance to[…]

Regenerating the aged thymus

Posted by on April 9th, 2014

The latest issue of Development includes a paper by Clare Blackburn and colleagues at the Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, showing that the aged mouse thymus can be regenerated in vivo by the upregulation of a single transcription factor, FOXN1. This work has generated quite a lot of interest in[…]

Identified a new possible target to combat muscle wasting

Posted by on April 9th, 2014

The pathological atrophy of skeletal muscle is a serious biomedical problem for which no effective treatment is currently available. Those most affected populations are the elderly diagnosed with sarcopenia and patients with cancer, AIDS, and other infectious diseases that develop cachexia. A study by scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), headed by[…]

Scheduled Node maintenance- 9th of April

Posted by on April 8th, 2014

We will be doing some maintenance work on the Node on Wednesday the 9th of April, and unfortunately there will be no access to the site during that period. You can expect the Node to be down from 7 p.m. (British Summer time) for approximately 4 hours. We are sorry for the disruption, especially for[…]

6th Young Embryologist Annual Meeting

Posted by on April 8th, 2014

6th Young Embryologist Annual Meeting Friday 27th June 2014 JZ Young LT, Anatomy Building, University College London Registation and abstract submission now open The 6th Young Embryologist Meeting aims to bring together developmental biologists from across the UK and abroad to discuss their work at a leading UK institution by presenting a talk or a[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 8)

Posted by on April 8th, 2014

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Spine-tingling new role for Sall4 Wnt, Fgf and retinoic acid signalling play a key role in patterning the posterior neural plate to form the midbrain, hindbrain and spinal cord. Despite intense study of Wnt signalling and neural patterning, only a few target transcription factors[…]