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PLM10: the Physics of Living Matter is coming of age

Posted by on September 27th, 2015

This week, Cambridge (UK) hosted the 10th Symposium on the Physics of Living Matter (PLM10) ( For those of us who were at PLM1, it is surprising to see that what was (and remains) a grass roots organized event, persists. In some ways it is a tribute and an example that a community can be[…]

In time of revision: of Wingless and morphogens

Posted by on December 27th, 2013

In time of revision: of Wingless and morphogens Alfonso Martinez Arias The recent publication of the important work of C. Alexandre, LA. Baena and JP. Vincent on the molecular requirements for Wingless signalling in Drosophila ( offers an opportunity to consider the relationship between ideas and facts in modern developmental biology. The work reports the[…]

A coming of age of Developmental Biology in Oxford: thou shall measure and think critically about your data

Posted by on July 7th, 2013

Alfonso Martinez Arias ( An EMBO workshop organized by Alex Schier and James Briscoe, assembled a cast of young and seasoned biologists in Oxford to discuss progress and controversies on Morphogen Gradients, a central topic in Developmental Biology. I could only stay for half of the meeting but the message was clear: there is a[…]

Stem Cells in Developmental Biology: a debate at the BSDB

Posted by on March 29th, 2013

See below a posting from our website ( on the discussion that took place at the BSDB on whether to change or not the name of the society to include Stem Cell Biology. Some of the people who have read it have encouraged me to post it here to see what people think and I[…]

What does a cell know and how does it know it (Just a thought on Dennis Bray’s Wetware, Yale University Press) Alfonso Martinez Arias (Dpt Genetics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK.

Posted by on May 10th, 2012

It is a time of gene counting, mapping, function guessing in a narrow way: a gene for this or a gene for that. If one reads the indexes of journals one might believe that by adding genes one gets an organism. It is for this reason that reading a book like “Wetware” by Dennis Bray[…]