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Genetics Unzipped – Poop, pus and the Manhattan Project: how we learned to spell the genetic alphabet

Posted by on February 27th, 2020

The genetic code is written in just four ‘letters – A, C, T and G, short for adenine, cytosine, thymine and guanine. But where did they come from? To find out, we need to go back to the Bird Poop Boom of the 1840s.

Moving neuromuscular disorders research forward: from novel models to clinical studies

Posted by on February 27th, 2020

This Editorial by Maaike van Putten, Julija Hmeljak, Annemieke Aartsma-Rus and James J. Dowling was recently published in Development’s sister journal Disease Models & Mechanisms, announcing a new Special Issue. Neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) encompass a diverse group of genetic diseases characterized by loss of muscle functionality. Despite extensive efforts to develop therapies, no curative treatment[…]


Posted by on February 27th, 2020

Kuure lab, affiliated with STEMM research program at Research Programs Unit of the Faculty of Medicine and Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE), University of Helsinki, invites applications for a position of POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN FinnDisMice PROJECT for a two-year fixed term position (possibility for extension) starting as soon as possible. Trial period of six[…]

Interdisciplinary Organ-on-a-chip Postdoctoral Position at UC Irvine

Posted by on February 27th, 2020

Integrated Nano Bio Electronics Innovation Lab (Directed by Professor Rahim Esfandyarpour) is recruiting a postdoc in the area of on-chip diseases modeling & therapeutic responses in human organ chips. See below for further description of the research/qualifications and to apply follow this link:    Organ-on-a-chip is an important animal-free technology to 3D model complex processes[…]

2020 Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Meeting

Posted by on February 26th, 2020

From the 2020 SCDB organizing committee (Sally Horne-Badovinac, Sean Megason and Zhu Wang). See also a Node report from the 2018 edition, and an interview with 2018 SCBD Young Investigator Award Winner, Vilaiwan Fernandes.   We are pleased to announce the 2020 Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Meeting, which will be held August 8-12 on the[…]

Meeting Development, Evolution & Anatomy, FREE, NYU 18 May 2020

Posted by on February 25th, 2020

Come for free, participate in our round table discussions, and honor a great scientist and person. Free and open to anyone interested, with an amazing list of speakers and talks, as none of the most renowned scientists in the field that was invited wanted to miss this unique opportunity to honor the amazing Drew Noden.[…]

Message from SDB President Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado

Posted by on February 25th, 2020

The following message by Society for Developmental Biology President, Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado (Stowers Institute for Medical Research), was originally posted on the Society for Developmental Biology website February 24, 2020. Dear Members and Friends of the Society for Developmental Biology, We are living in interesting times. Technological advances are moving at neck-breaking speed: artificial intelligence,[…]

Growing a body, one tiny tug at a time

Posted by on February 24th, 2020

From Knowable Magazine’s Special Report: Building Bodies. For an introduction to the series see Eva Emerson and Rosie Mestel’s Node post. For decades, genetics and biochemistry have formed the bedrock of developmental biology. But it turns out that physical forces — the way cells push, pull and squeeze each other — play a huge role,[…]

Postdoc position in developmental biology at IST Austria

Posted by on February 24th, 2020

The group of Anna Kicheva at IST Austria is looking for outstanding postdoctoral candidates interested in working on tissue growth control during vertebrate development. Candidates with background in developmental, cell or molecular biology are encouraged to apply. The Kicheva group studies how cell diversification and tissue growth are controlled during development to produce organs with[…]

Junior or Assistant Specialist at UCSF

Posted by on February 24th, 2020

We are looking for a self-motivated, responsible and organized individual who has previous hand-on research experience. This position will be working on research projects focused on enamel matrix protein extraction and analysis, and mouse colony maintenance. The techniques required for these projects include protein extraction, protein and peptide concentration analyses, SDS-PAGE, western blot, HPLC, enzyme[…]