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Improving the visibility of developmental biology: time for induction and specification

Posted by on February 6th, 2019

This Spotlight article by Len Zon originally appeared in Development as part of our ‘Advocating developmental biology‘ campaign. We’d love to hear what you think about Len’s ideas. Developmental biology is a prominent field that has captured the imagination of many scientists. Over the years, research in the area has seen a steady number of[…]

EmbryoPhenomics: An open-source technological platform

Posted by on February 5th, 2019

Tills O, Spicer JI, Grimmer A, Marini S, Jie VW, Tully E, Rundle SD. 2018. A high-throughput and open-source platform for embryo phenomics. PLOS Biology, 16:1-19. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000074 Background A seasoned graduate student gave me some valuable advice at the outset of my PhD. She told me to FIND A BETTER WAY!  We were both working on[…]

PhD position available – Paul Villoutreix’s group (CENTURI – LIS)

Posted by on February 4th, 2019

A PhD position is open in the QARMA team (LIS – Marseille, France).  The recruited student will join Paul Villoutreix’s group ( @paulvilloutreix ): Data Science and Developmental Biology. PhD students will also be part of the Turing Centre for Living Systems (CENTURI), an interdisciplinary research centre located in Marseille.   PhD project: The intrinsic geometry of a developing embryo –[…]

Experimenting with non-anonymous peer review

Posted by on February 3rd, 2019

Last year, I started to experiment with signing my reports for peer review of manuscripts, inspired by other people on twitter (@kaymtye, @AndrewPlested who in turn were inspired by Leslie Voshall). This year, the experiment is a bit different. I will only review for journals that allow non-anonymous peer-review. Why? That was the question raised[…]

Postdoctoral position in Mouse Embryonic Development and Stem Cell Biology

Posted by on February 1st, 2019

We offer one fully-funded postdoctoral position up to five years in the Laboratory of Genome Integrity located at the main campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NCI, Bethesda, MD).Our laboratory uses human and mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) as well as mouse embryos to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the maintenance/exit of pluripotency and[…]

January in preprints

Posted by on February 1st, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  January was notable for the number of preprints on Xenopus development, plus a trio on Piezo channels, two on ctenophores, and a preprint on preprints that has also been preLighted (very meta). The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use[…]