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When Two Make One: The Uses and Importance of Plant Grafting

Posted by on December 29th, 2015

Used for thousands of years but grafting remains mysterious For millennia, people have cut and joined different plant varieties or species together by a process known as grafting. By grafting different plants to each other, the chimeric individual acquired desirable properties from both plants, or alternatively, elite varieties could be more easily propagated. It is[…]

Mole- So now you have your own lab! Part VII- Beaten & Bruised

Posted by on December 29th, 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’ Part VI- ‘FCTWAWKI’ (+2 rating, 2 votes)Loading…

Postdoc Position, Duke University School of Medicine

Posted by on December 28th, 2015

The laboratory of Sarah Goetz at Duke University School of Medicine is inviting applications for a postdoctoral researcher. Our group studies the biology of the primary cilium. We are working to identify the signaling pathways that control the assembly of this essential organelle, as well as to define the roles of primary cilia in embryonic[…]

Migratory neuronal progenitors in Tunicates provide insights into Neural Crest evolution

Posted by on December 24th, 2015

Tunicates are the invertebrates most closely related to us, forming a monophyletic clade with the vertebrates, known as Olfactores. Tunicates, often erroneously referred to as “urochordates” (a junior synonym and thus a taxonomically invalid term), have revealed many insights into the development and evolution of chordate- or vertebrate-specific tissues and organs, such as the notochord,[…]

Alberto Monroy Fellowship

Posted by on December 24th, 2015

The Alberto Monroy Fellowship is awarded to an Italian citizen to support their attendance in the Embryology Course next summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The amount of the fellowship is 5,500.00 euros (about $6,000.00). The full text of the announcement of the award competition for 2016 can be found at The deadline[…]

Postdoc in Drosophila genetics, University of California San Francisco

Posted by on December 23rd, 2015

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the University of California San Francisco, Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research, in the laboratory of Dr. Katja Brückner.   The laboratory investigates molecular principles of how the peripheral nervous system and its inputs regulate stem cell niches and tissue microenvironments during animal development and[…]

Making and re-making the brain

Posted by on December 23rd, 2015

  The three-pound lump under our skulls that allows us to speak, run and function in our daily lives is a mass of dozens of types of minuscule cells joined in an intricate web of communication. We pop out of the womb with our brains ready for us to interact with the world, but throughout[…]

Rapid electron microscopic detection of GFP-tagged proteins in cells and whole organisms

Posted by on December 23rd, 2015

The use of green fluorescent protein (GFP) has revolutionised the study of dynamic cellular processes in cells, tissues, and whole organisms. Laboratories throughout the world have exploited the simplicity of GFP as an everyday tool to determine protein localisation in cell lines and whole organisms. Fluorescence microscopy now dominates the imaging field although the attainable[…]

Happy holidays from the Node!

Posted by on December 22nd, 2015

Happy holidays everyone! It’s almost the New Year! The Node will be a bit quieter than usual for the next few days and we might take longer than usual in replying to messages. But not to worry! If you’re craving some developmental biology, you can always have a look at our latest research posts. And[…]

Company of Biologists Workshop: Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance

Posted by on December 22nd, 2015

In October, I attended the latest Company of Biologists Workshop “Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance“. Marco Geigges, one of the attendees at the Workshop, has already posted his impressions of the event. While there, I had the opportunity to speak to the organisers and some of the speakers and early career scientists, and we recorded this short[…]