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Engineer position in molecular biology and genetics

Posted by on November 9th, 2015

An engineer position in molecular biology and genetics is available starting in January 2016 at the Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille, France (, in the groups of Pierre-François Lenne and Vincent Bertrand. Funding is provided by an ANR grant. The initial appointment will be made for 1 year, with a possible extension to up to[…]

AI tackles variability of metastatic conversion triggered by bioelectric disregulation

Posted by on November 7th, 2015

  One of the most important problems in experimental biology has to do with variability / heterogeneity (Rubin, 1990): why do different organisms react differently to the same perturbation or reagent? This is observed even among clonal populations (e.g., cohorts of planarian flatworms descended from the fission of 1 animal and living in the same[…]

Burning down the house I- bad ideas

Posted by on November 6th, 2015

This Sticky Wicket article first featured in Journal of Cell Science. Read other articles and cartoons of Mole & Friends here.     “Watch out, you might get what you’re after! Dee-dee dee-dee-dee-dee. I’m an or-din-ar-y guy.” Hey, there. Just chilling to some old tunes and enjoying a cloudy day, curled up with some journals and[…]

Travelling fellowship: Breaking boundaries in science from Colombia to London

Posted by on November 6th, 2015

I am a third year PhD student and I work on limb regeneration in a non-model organism: Bolitoglossa ramosi, a salamander belonging to the family Plethodontidae. These salamanders show some important biological differences when compared to the most studied models in this field (axolotls and newts), such as the absence of lungs and postaxial development[…]

An interview with José Silva

Posted by on November 5th, 2015

This interview first featured in the Journal of Cell Science and is part of their interview series Cell Scientists to Watch.   José Silva studied biology at the University of Porto, before leaving Portugal to obtain a PhD degree at Imperial College London in the laboratory of Neil Brockdorff. He did his postdoc with Austin Smith[…]

Postdoctoral Position / Lung Regeneration / Basement Membrane (Munich, Germany)

Posted by on November 5th, 2015

The Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU; – a research institution within the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers, is a leading center in health research with a focus on Environmental Health. The Comprehensive Pneumology Center (CPC, at HMGU is a translational research center dedicated to respiratory medicine, which is also a partner site of[…]

Mole- So now you have your own lab! Part VI- FCTWAWKI

Posted by on November 4th, 2015

This cartoon was first published in the Journal of Cell Science. Read other articles and cartoons of Mole & Friends here.   Part I- ‘The imposter’ Part II- ‘The teaching monster’ Part III- ‘The Pact’ Part IV- ‘The fit’ Part V- ‘The plan’ (+4 rating, 4 votes)Loading…

In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 21)

Posted by on November 3rd, 2015

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Spatial mapping in the brain Many sensory systems show topographic mapping: the spatial organisation of peripheral receptors is preserved in the brain regions where the sensory information is relayed. One example of such mapping is found in the mouse somatosensory system, where there is[…]

Workshop “Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance”

Posted by on November 2nd, 2015

At the beginning of October 2015, the workshop “Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance” organized by Edith Heard, Ruth Lehmann and the Company of Biologists took place in Wiston House, West Sussex, United Kingdom. 20 invited speakers, all leading experts in the field, presented their thoughts about transgenerational epigenetic inheritance and their research towards describing and understanding these[…]

This month on the Node- October 2015

Posted by on November 1st, 2015

Research: – Can we make embryos in silico? Miquel posted about his recent paper in Bioinformatics, and the modeling framework he implemented in the new tool EmbryoMaker. – What does YAP do? Muriel explained the role of this Hippo effector in the Xenopus retina. – Histones, regeneration and crickets were all present in Hideyo Ohuchi’s post. – How[…]