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The 15th International Xenopus Conference

Asilomar CA, 2014

Posted by on September 22nd, 2014

Every two years, the international Xenopus community gathers to meet. Two years ago I wrote about the meeting in Toulon, France and this time we crossed the pond to Asilomar, CA, just south of San Francisco. Cat Vicente recently wrote about Asilomar in the context of conference venues whilst attending the Genetics Society of America[…]

International Research Conference on Science, Health and Medicine 2014 (IRCSHM 2014)

Posted by on September 22nd, 2014

[Apologies for cross-postings!] Call for Papers – IRCSHM 2014 October 15-16, Dubai, UAE Dear Colleague, The unique idea behind International Research Conference on Science, Health and Medicine 2014 (IRCSHM 2014) is to provide an opportunity for leading academicians, scientists, researchers, doctors, medical practitioners, paramedical specialists and industry professionals from around the world to network and[…]

The Node at the EMBO conference on interdisciplinary plant development

Posted by on September 18th, 2014

The Node is on the road again, but this time not very far! We are going to attend the EMBO conference on interdisciplinary plant development, which starts this Sunday (21st September) at the Sainsbury Laboratory here in Cambridge (UK). We are planning on tweeting with the hashtag  #EMBOplantdev, and will try to include some photos of[…]

Mid-career/Senior Group Leader Position in Stem Cell Biology, Institut Pasteur

Posted by on September 17th, 2014

The Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) announces an international call for an outstanding mid-career/senior candidate wishing to establish a new research group in the field of “Stem Cells and Development”. The recruitment is part of the Revive Laboratory of Excellence(LabEx – programme on “Stem Cells and Regenerative Biology and Medicine”. Candidates will be integrated into[…]

BSMB/BSDB Joint meeting – The Musculoskeletal System: from development to disease

Posted by on September 11th, 2014

BSMB/BSDB Joint meeting – The Musculoskeletal System: from development to disease 1st -3rd September 2014, University of East Anglia The first joint meeting of the BSMB and BSDB was, in our opinion, a great success. The meeting was held over three days and was packed with brilliant science from areas of musculoskeletal research from the[…]

What is your favourite conference venue?

Posted by on September 10th, 2014

  Last month I was lucky enough to attend the Xenopus meeting, which took place at the Asilomar conference grounds, close to Monterey, California. This meeting was fantastic, combining great science with a great venue. As there is already someone lined up to write about the scientific aspects of the meeting, I thought I would focus here instead on the[…]

postdoctoral position — neural crest migration

Posted by on September 9th, 2014

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Shuyi Nie at Georgia Institute of Technology. The lab employs multiple approaches including developmental biology, cell biology, imaging, and biochemistry to study the mechanisms of neural crest cell migration during embryonic development. Potential projects are investigating the regulation of cranial neural crest cell migration by[…]

The origin of blood

Posted by on September 4th, 2014

As for the origin of species, the question of the origin of blood during development has unleashed a lot of passion among the scientific community. As a matter of fact, the failure to derive blood stem cells (haematopoietic stem cells, HSCs) from pluripotent stem cells (stem cells that can generate any type of cells) has[…]

Designing ChIP primers

Posted by on September 4th, 2014

Hello everyone, Recently I got assigned with the task of designing good primers for ChIP. My supervisor advised me to use the Primer BLAST tool from NCBI together with AmplifiX to get some computer-generated primers and at the same time test some I designed myself. Problem is we were discussing yesterday and eventually we came[…]

Researchers grow ‘seed’ of spinal cord tissue in a dish

Posted by on September 3rd, 2014

Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists have for the first time managed to turn stem cells into the specialised cells that go on to form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue in the growing embryo. Their discovery could lead to a new way of studying degenerative conditions such as spinal muscular atrophy, which affects the nerve[…]