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Introducing cross-referee commenting in peer review

Posted by on August 31st, 2016

This Editorial originally appeared in Development, Vol 143, Issue 17. Olivier Pourquié and Katherine Brown   At Development, we are always trying to improve our processes and service – for authors and readers. In April 2015, we made some changes to our peer review process, which aimed at encouraging a more constructive approach to peer review.[…]


Posted by on August 31st, 2016

(or: how to avoid misleading representations of statistical data)   Recently, a kickstarter project raised more than 3000€ in one month to campaign for banning the wrong usage of bar plots in scientific journals. This demonstrates two important points: a lot of the plots in scientific journals are quite misleading, and, a growing number of[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 143, Issue 17)

Posted by on August 30th, 2016

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Coordinating neuronal specification and differentiation Neurogenesis – the process of making new neurons – is indispensable for normal development and for adult homeostasis and repair. Many of the signalling and transcriptional events that regulate the specification and differentiation of neural progenitor cells (NPCs) into[…]

Exciting news on neural stem cell niches: stunning research from Fiona Doetsch’s lab

Posted by on August 26th, 2016 Sense & Sensibility: niche signals regulate neural stem cells in an age-dependent manner paper feature by Thomas Schwarz-Romond Tissue specific stem cell niches provide lifelong support for adult stem cells. The cell-biological dissection of (adult neural) stem cell – niche interactions uncovered unexpected regulatory functions. These new results imply that stem cell niches actively[…]

Tackling Differentiated Stem Cell Production

Posted by on August 26th, 2016

This post was originally posted on, Europe’s stem cell hub.   by Julia Turan Part of the fascinating potential of stem cells is their ability to provide replacement cells and tissues to treat diseases. In order to do this most effectively, scientists need to be able to create differentiated cells quickly and accurately. However, making[…]

Postdoctoral position on Mechanical Control of Zebrafish Development – University of California, Santa Barbara

Posted by on August 25th, 2016

We are seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to join the Campas lab (Morphogenesis and Self-organization of Living Matter lab) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Our group combines theoretical and experimental approaches to study the spatiotemporal control of tissue mechanics during morphogenesis, using zebrafish as model organism. We have recently developed two microdroplet-based techniques[…]

Zebrafish Research Specialist Position – University of California, Santa Barbara

Posted by on August 25th, 2016

The Campàs Lab (“Morphogenesis and Self-Organization of Living Matter” lab) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, works on tissue and organ morphogenesis in zebrafish. The lab focuses on understanding the role of mechanical cues in the development of embryonic structures using novel in vivo force transducers and actuators. Our lab is seeking independent, passionate,[…]

A day in the life of a sponge lab (yes, there are labs devoted to these animals!)

Posted by on August 24th, 2016

Forget about those large amounts of bottles containing thousands of flies, those huge piles of boxes containing different lineages of mice or large tanks filled with happy-hopping frogs. Also, forget about transgenic, mutant, knockout litters… what I am going to tell you is the routine of an emergent lab working (or, better, trying to) with[…]

How mechanical signals orchestrate stem cell fate

Posted by on August 23rd, 2016

Controlling differentiation using biophysical cues from development Embryonic stem cells have the potential to become any cell type in the adult organism, but coaxing them to a specific fate continues to be a challenge for researchers. While many of the soluble signals involved in patterning the early embryo are well-established, only recently have tools been[…]

The SDB-BSDB Interview Chain: Mathew Tata interviews Yusuff Abdu

Posted by on August 23rd, 2016

Mathew Tata was the winner of the BSDB poster competition at the BSDB-BSCB 2016 meeting in Warwick. His prize was a trip to Boston to attend the SDB-ISD meeting in August, where he caught up with the SDB poster prize winner Yusuff Abdu to continue the BSDB-SDB interview chain (have a look at our previous[…]