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From our sister journals- April 2016

Posted by on April 29th, 2016

Here is some developmental biology related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists.           New neural crest EMT reporter Stewart and colleagues describe a novel neural crest EMT reporter for rapid in vivo drug screening in zebrafish. They use to identify a small-molecule EMT inhibitor that blocks this process by activating retinoic[…]

Developmental Biology, Neuroscience and Reproduction PhD Projects in New Zealand.

Posted by on April 28th, 2016

Applications are invited for PhD projects in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Competitive PhD scholarship funding is available. See the following link for project description and the application process. Applications due by the 17th of MAY 2016 (No Ratings Yet)Loading…

Question of the month- Ethical issues in life sciences publishing

Posted by on April 28th, 2016

In the last few years, the life sciences have been plagued by cases of scientific misconduct which led to corrections,  retractions and, to some extent, in a lack of trust on the scientific record. This has encompassed a variety of issues, from  manipulation to fabrication of data, from inappropriate use of statistics (unintentional or otherwise) to[…]

Untangling developmentally programmed obesity: role of the serotonin system

Posted by on April 27th, 2016

This post highlights the approach and findings of a new research article published in Disease Models and Mechanisms (DMM): ‘5-HT2A and 5-HT2C receptors as hypothalamic targets of developmental programming in male rats’. This feature was written by Richard Seeber as part of a graduate level seminar at The University of Alabama (taught by DMM Editorial Board[…]

Scratching the surface of a rainbow

Posted by on April 26th, 2016

  Why some vertebrates like salamanders and zebrafish are able to regenerate complex tissues while humans cannot is a question that has fascinated biologists for centuries. Understanding how and why regeneration occurs in these animals can inspire novel treatment strategies for regenerative medicine. At the cellular level, the regeneration process is driven by dynamic activities[…]

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Posted by on April 25th, 2016

Applications are invited for a 2 year Wellcome Trust funded Research Assistant position to join an international team in the Department of Genetics in central Cambridge. The project is led by Dr Ben Steventon and is aimed towards understanding the role of gene expression heterogeneity in the control of neural/mesodermal cell fate decisions during the[…]

Bioinformatics postdoctoral position at the Evolutionary and Functional Genomics LAB

Posted by on April 25th, 2016

The Evolutionary and Functional Genomics Lab led by Josefa González is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our research team at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF). The postdoctoral researcher will work on a project funded by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant that aims at identifying the genetic basis, the molecular mechanisms,[…]

All movies of the 2016 BSCB/BSDB Spring Meeting

Posted by on April 23rd, 2016

In 2016 the BSCB/BSDB Spring conference has yet again been a great success, and many prizes were announced, amongst them the BSDB’s Waddington, BSCB’s Hooke, BSCB’s Women in Cell Biology Early Career Award, BSDB’s Cheryll Tickle and BSDB’s Beddington medals. See below movies of the first four of the five medal talks and find more[…]

Transdifferentiation and Tissue Plasticity in Cardiovascular Rejuvenation: a workshop about protein teamwork, regeneration programs and tiny needles

Posted by on April 21st, 2016

It was on the 7th of February of 2016 when 20 leading scientists from all over the world headed to the historic Wiston House in West Sussex, England, to spend four days in focused atmosphere discussing new insights in cardiovascular research: the workshop for Transdifferentiation and Tissue Plasticity in Cardiovascular Rejuvenation. Supported by the Company[…]

Interview with Beddington medal winner Elena Scarpa

Posted by on April 21st, 2016

Every year, the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) awards the Beddington Medal to the best PhD thesis in developmental biology. The 2016 award went to Elena Scarpa, who did her PhD with Roberto Mayor at University College London (UCL). We caught up with Elena at the BSCB/BSDB Spring meeting, and we asked her about[…]