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Dolly @ 20: My day at the symposium marking her legacy

Posted by on September 23rd, 2016

The 5th of July 1996 marked the birth of the world’s most famous sheep, Dolly. A scientific revelation, she was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell through nuclear transfer. Earlier this month, scientists from far and wide gathered at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh for a special one-day symposium dedicated[…]

Seeking out the sweet spot in cancer therapeutics: an interview with Lewis Cantley

Posted by on September 23rd, 2016

  “…had you told me when I was 25 years old that I would be the director of a cancer center I would have been incredulous, given that I was totally into chemistry”   This is an extract from an interview that originally appeared in Disease Models and Mechanisms (available here Open Access) Paraminder Dhillon,[…]

The culture of research and the future of the science system

Posted by on September 22nd, 2016

On Monday, September 19th, a group of early career researchers from across the UK and across the sciences gathered at the Royal Society in London to discuss the future of research at a one day conference. As the Node’s Community Manager, I was lucky enough to be allowed to join in. I’ve only recently left research, and[…]

New Technology in Medicine

Posted by on September 22nd, 2016

Technology is quickly changing many parts of medicine, giving people more power to take charge of their health care. Taking isotope labeled peptides as an example, stable isotope labeled peptides have been widely applied in the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (MS). The combination of SIL peptides with NMR spectroscopy allow for[…]

Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? An interview for Retraction Watch

Posted by on September 21st, 2016

As you may have seen, we at Development have recently announced a change to our peer review process, introducing a cross-referee commenting step. This should be in place within the next week or two, and we’re hoping it will help us to make better decisions on papers, and to make the revision process easier for[…]

Gene regulation, evolution and the exploitation of new habitats

Posted by on September 21st, 2016

Changes in body organ morphology have allowed animals to better exploit diverse habitats. As organ morphology is under genetic control, genetic modifications provide the basis for the wide range of morphologies. However, as our knowledge of the genetic basis of phenotypic diversification in evolution has focused mostly on quantitative traits, it is not clear how[…]

Research Assistant – Bioinformatician

Posted by on September 20th, 2016

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge, UK. Salary: £25,023-£28,982 Reference: PS10184 Closing date: 17 October 2016 Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2017 in the first instance. The Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is an international centre of excellence[…]

Intern for Disease Models and Mechanisms

Posted by on September 19th, 2016

DMM is looking for an enthusiastic intern who wishes to gain experience in science publishing, including writing press releases, contributing to our social media activities, and supporting our Reviews Editor with commissioned articles. The internship is envisaged to last for up to 1 year at a salary of £15,000 p.a. Our interns have a great[…]

Postdoctoral position in Skeletal Development: Nova Scotia, Canada

Posted by on September 19th, 2016

A post-doctoral position is available in the Franz-Odendaal Bone Development Lab to study the developmental basis of the vertebrate ocular skeleton in a comparative context. Highly motivated and independent individuals with excellent interpersonal skills are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will take a key role in our research program which interests spans evo-devo, developmental[…]

Laboratory Research Scientist (Research Assistant)

Posted by on September 19th, 2016

We are offering a Research Assistant position funded by a Wellcome Investigator Award. The successful candidate for this position will perform experiments and provide technical support in the group of James Briscoe. The group studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for the embryonic development of the vertebrate nervous system. For more information about the[…]