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In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 14)

Posted by on July 8th, 2014

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Prime time for pluripotency Embryonic stem cell (ESC) cultures display a marked heterogeneity in the expression of Nanog, one of several core pluripotency factors required for proper development in vivo. In addition, Nanog levels have also been shown to fluctuate in individual ESCs in vitro; however,[…]

The Embryology Course at the MBL

Posted by on July 7th, 2014

Right now I am attending the Embryology Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). I am a graduate school student from Osaka University in Japan and I am looking for what I will do during my postdoc next year. This course supplies both lectures and experiments for various modules, including C. elegans, Drosophila, planaria, hydra[…]

Announcing DMM’s special issue ‘Spotlight on Zebrafish: Translational Impact’

Posted by on July 6th, 2014

In recent years, the zebrafish has emerged as an increasingly prominent model in biomedical research. Its optical transparency for the first few weeks, high fecundity and ex vivo fertilization have made it traditionally suitable to study developmental biology. However, over the past decade these same features have enabled the zebrafish to become a preeminent disease model and[…]

Goalward-bound: why biological research is like football

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has mesmerised football fans all around the world over the past weeks, but besides just the fancy footwork on display, we’ve also seen some amazing athleticism. Many of the matches have taken place under scorching, highly humid conditions! Though this might not be foremost in our minds as marvel at[…]

This month on the Node- June 2014

Posted by on July 1st, 2014

  This month the Node celebrated its fourth birthday! Here are some of the other highlights:       Research: – Kevin Chalut wrote about his recent paper  at the crossroads of biology and physics, where he shows that the nucleus of ES cells exiting pluripotency have an unusual physical property. – How is the primitive[…]