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What makes preprints popular?

Posted by on January 31st, 2019

A team of preLights selectors respond to a meta-analysis of bioRxiv preprints. Gautam Dey, Zhang-He Goh, Lars Hubatsch, Maiko Kitaoka, Robert Mahen, Máté Palfy, Connor Rosen and Samantha Seah* *all authors contributed equally; cross-posted from here.   The growing adoption of preprints over the last five years in the biological sciences has driven discussion within[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast – 005 – Vegetable soup

Posted by on January 31st, 2019

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, Kat Arney is exploring some more of the leading 100 ideas in genetics. She’s been digging around in the genetic vegetable patch in search of flavourful GM tomatoes, chunky onion genomes and Mendelian peas. Available on Apple podcasts/iTunes, Spotify and all good podcast apps, and online at If you[…]

3year-POSTDOC + starting grant: EvoDevo in Barcelona (OPEN-CALL)

Posted by on January 31st, 2019

3 year-POSTDOC + Starting grant (OPEN-CALL BEATRIU de PINOS program) to join our lab on EvoDevoGenomics in Barcelona We are seeking candidates to join our lab to study our favorite chordate model Oikopleura dioica, in which we are currently interested in heart and muscle development, tail elongation and the impact of gene loss on the[…]

Your chance to organise a Company of Biologists Workshop

Posted by on January 31st, 2019

The Company of Biologists, as well as publishing Development and four other journals and offering travel and conference grants, runs a successful series of Workshops. The Workshops provide leading experts and early career scientists from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas. The programmes are carefully developed[…]

It’s the Father! Paternally expressed BABY BOOM1 initiates embryogenesis in rice

Posted by on January 29th, 2019

The story behind our recent Nature paper ‘A male-expressed rice embryogenic trigger redirected for asexual propagation through seeds‘ For sexually reproducing organisms, the diploid life cycle starts with the fusion of a sperm cell with an egg cell. This process, known as fertilization, results in the formation of a zygote, the first diploid cell from[…]

Post-Doctoral Researcher Cell Biology-MechanoBiology

Posted by on January 24th, 2019

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS Position for Special Scientist (Postdoc)   Title:  Post-Doctoral Researcher Cell Biology-MechanoBiology No. of Positions:One (1) position Full Time one year employment contract (renewable for three years) Location: University of Cyprus The University of Cyprus ( invites applications for one full time postdoctoral associate to work in the Laboratory[…]

Embryos on the front, embryologists on the back

Posted by on January 23rd, 2019

Applications for Embryology 2019 are due on February 1. Apply here! In this post, I share how I learned about the Embryology course, what made me apply and what I brought back from it.   Nerdy embryology t-shirts A couple of months ago, I was attending a scientific conference on cell fate in Roscoff, northern[…]

Group leaders in Developmental Biology & Neuroscience – Paris

Posted by on January 23rd, 2019

The Institute of Biology of the École Normale Supérieure (IBENS) is seeking to recruit group leaders in Developmental Biology and Neuroscience.   IBENS develops advanced and original studies aiming at discovering basic mechanisms and principles that underlie biological processes. Located in the heart of Paris, IBENS hosts 28 research teams organized into four main research[…]

Cell Biology Postdoc: cell polarity, cilia & cytoskeleton

Posted by on January 23rd, 2019

A 3-year postdoctoral position is available at the UCL Ear Institute (London, UK). This cell biology project will study the role of protein trafficking in cell polarity, cilium function and cytoskeletal organisation in the inner ear. The postdoc will use imaging (super-resolution confocal, time-lapse microscopy, electron microscopy), molecular and biochemical techniques. They will work independently[…]

Embryology 2018: Where embryos changed lives

Posted by on January 22nd, 2019

I had heard legendary stories about the MBL and the Embryology course in the months leading up to it. Stories about the collaborations of minds that wouldn’t normally meet in the same lab, discoveries that could only have occurred at the MBL, it’s what made me apply. But once I was accepted the nervousness kicked[…]