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Journey to the East: from San Diego to Singapore

Posted by , on 18 July 2016

Axons in mature nervous systems regenerate poorly after injury, creating a major obstacle for recovery from neuronal injury. We know, however, that their regenerative capabilities are affected by both cell-extrinsic ...

Research without boundaries - I remain an optimist

Posted by , on 16 July 2016

This week I attended a meeting with Paul Nurse, director of the The Francis Crick Institute, who spoke about the potential implications of the pending Brexit on scientific research at the ...

3D retinas made from patient stem cells shed light on mechanisms of inherited blindness

Posted by , on 15 July 2016

Amelia Lane, David A. Parfitt, Conor M. Ramsden, Peter J. Coffey, Michael E. Cheetham   Parfitt et al. Cell Stem Cell 1–13 (2016)   Making eyes Methods to differentiate human ...

A day in the life of a cricket lab

Posted by , on 14 July 2016

I am Yoshimasa Hamada, a Research Fellow in Okayama University Graduate School in Japan, working with Prof. Kenji Tomioka, Prof. Hideyo Ohuchi, Prof. Sumihare Noji and Dr. Tetsuya Bando. Our ...

The Zika Virus and Systematic Screens of Mouse Mutations

Posted by , on 14 July 2016

  This post was originally published on the DMDD blog.     The Zika virus has raised global awareness of birth defects more than at any time in the last ...

Stem Cell & Higher-Order Chromatin Structure: Official meeting reporter wanted

Posted by , on 13 July 2016

Stem cells have the unique properties of both self renewal and differentiation into various lineages. In the last few years, chromatin architecture and noncoding RNAs are emerging as major players in both gene ...

Revisiting the classics: coupling embryology with genomics to alter cell fate

Posted by , on 13 July 2016

Comment on “Reprogramming of avian neural crest axial identity and cell fate“, Science 352, 1570-1573, (2016). Marcos Simoes-Costa, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University Marianne Bronner, Division of ...

Deep into the developmental origins of neural tumours with Drosophila

Posted by , on 12 July 2016

Caroline Dillard and Cédric Maurange (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, IBDM, Marseille)   Drosophila neural stem cells as a cancer model Transformation of a cell into a cancer cell is a complex ...

Postdoctoral position in developmental neurobiology

Posted by , on 7 July 2016

A postdoctoral position is available in the Page laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida to investigate mechanisms of neurogenesis & gliogenesis, axon/dendrite growth ...

Patterning in scale: a lesson from avian embryos

Posted by , on 7 July 2016

A fundamental property of all organisms is the remarkable consistency within the formation of the body plan during development. A handful of conserved molecular pathways are responsible for morphological patterning in ...

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