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We are 4 years old!

Posted by on June 22nd, 2014

It is our birthday today! It is exactly 4 years since the Node was launched, and since then we have grown in users and readers every year! Thank you all for writing, commenting, rating and reading the Node! We hope you will join us in another year of great discussions, research, meetings, competitions, etc, etc, etc…[…]

Lectureship available in Cell and Developmental Biology

Posted by on June 20th, 2014

We have a lectureship available in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Bath, UK. Please share with anybody who you think might be interested.   http://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=BK2506 (No Ratings Yet)Loading…

Queenstown NZ Developmental Biology meeting 2014

Posted by on June 20th, 2014

Registration is now open for the Queenstown Molecular Biology meeting, Queenstown, New Zealand including the Developmental Biology and Reproduction satellite meeting. August 28-29th 2014, Rydges Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand Sessions include: Reproduction, Infertility, Fate determination, Organ development, Developmental pathways in human disease and cancer, Neurodevelopment, Stem cells, Germ cells and Pluripotency. Student speaker and poster[…]

47th Meeting of the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists, Nagoya

Posted by on June 19th, 2014

The heat started to increase in Japan, as the rainy season approached and with it the high levels of temperature and humidity. But this was not an obstacle for scientists from all over Japan (and also some scientists from abroad) to meet in the great and beautiful city of Nagoya, in Aichi prefecture. Here took place[…]

Bioimage Analysis 2014 at EMBL, a recap.

Posted by on June 18th, 2014

Last month 39 people from around the world gathered together in the flagship European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany to take part in the Master Course on Bioimage Data Analysis. This was the third edition of the course that had previously been held in Heidelberg and Barcelona, and is aimed at training scientists[…]

Getting on the short list: academic job applications

Posted by on June 18th, 2014

After serving on some academic selection committees recently, I’m worried about the future of some of our young scientists. Especially concerning are the number of applications where the candidate, pursuing a academic or research career, does not seem to have a understanding of what is required to put together a stand-out application for a position,[…]

Electrifying news for embryologists

Posted by on June 17th, 2014

Electroporation: an efficient technique for embryologists During embryonic development, the specification of different cell types giving rise to the future organs involves a precise spatiotemporal regulation of cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation. Studying these processes requires tools to manipulate gene expression locally in the developing embryo.To this aim, embryologists have widely used the technique of[…]

(Developmental) Biology around the internet- June 2014

Posted by on June 17th, 2014

Here is June’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:   News & Research: – Fly developmental geneticist Walter Gehring sadly passed away this month. His influential research career included the discovery of the homeobox genes. – This last month saw new updates in the STAP case controversy- Haruko Obokata agreed[…]

Nuclear sponges in embryonic stem cells

Posted by on June 17th, 2014

Once upon a time, physicists got curious about the cytoskeleton. They characterised the cytoskeleton – using tools of soft matter, statistical and polymer physics – as a mesoscale material whose physical properties govern its dynamics. They showed that the cytoskeleton is an interconnected scaffold that, depending on the time scale, can behave like a shape-morphing[…]

Of mice and zebrafish

Posted by on June 16th, 2014

This story starts with me shaking and nervous and stumbling through my mid-term thesis committee meeting presentation. Not only was I presenting the results from the first half of my PhD but on top of that, I was presenting this work to Francois Guillemot, basically a legend in the field of developmental neurobiology. Luckily for[…]