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Pandemic networking: a virtual experiment

Posted by on June 30th, 2020

UPDATE Registration open:   The scuttling of conferences by COVID-19 has deprived scientists of one of their main ways to network*. Gone now are the chance (or not so chance) encounters with people you know only from author lists as you stand in line for coffee between talks, in elevators or bars, at poster sessions[…]

Workshop proposals sought

Posted by on June 17th, 2020

The Company of Biologists Workshops provide leading experts and early-career researchers from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas. The programmes are carefully developed and are intended to champion the novel techniques and innovations that will underpin important scientific advances. The Workshops really are fantastic events, but[…]

Pregnancy complications in assisted reproduction linked to a specific process

Posted by on June 9th, 2020

A Press Release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine – see the Development paper by Lisa Vrooman, Marisa Bartolomei and colleagues here. An experimental study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania links a specific procedure – embryo culture – that is part of the assisted reproduction[…]

May in preprints

Posted by on June 1st, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.    A real monster of a month, May, with masses of preprints uploaded by scientists in various stages of lockdown. Let us know if we missed anything and use these links to get to the section you want:   Developmental biology | Patterning & signalling[…]

Last chance to take our user survey

Posted by on May 19th, 2020

We’ve had a great response so far to our tenth birthday user survey, which we hope will guide us going forwards and give us ideas for how we can better serve the developmental biology and stem cell community. If you haven’t taken it yet, it closes Thursday midday BST. Even if you’re a less-than-occasional reader,[…]

Lockdown in Shanghai

Posted by on May 13th, 2020

This piece recently featured on The Company of Biologists’ WeChat Channel. For more information about our efforts to engage Chinese researchers, read Annabel Nicholson’s post from last month.     Dr Yi Zeng is a member of the Development Editorial Advisory Board and her lab at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology studies[…]

Birds take flight with help from Sonic hedgehog

Posted by on May 6th, 2020

A Press Release from Development Flight feathers are amazing evolutionary innovations that allowed birds to conquer the sky. A study led by Matthew Towers (University of Sheffield, UK) and Marian Ros (University of Cantabria, Spain) and published in the journal Development now reveals that flight feather identity is established thanks to Sonic hedgehog – a[…]

April in preprints

Posted by on May 4th, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  With COVID-19 having shuttered labs around the world, it might be a surprise that April saw the highest ever monthly number of preprints deposited to bioRxiv: 3413, according to Rxivist. Though maybe not much of a surprise, with researchers at home and writing rather[…]

the Node turns 10 – please take our user survey

Posted by on April 23rd, 2020

This year the Node hits double digits – our first post was published way back on April 1, 2010 (we’re now at over three and a half thousand posts and counting, and get over thirty thousand page views a month). We’ll be celebrating this developmental milestone with a look over some of our favourite content[…]

March in preprints

Posted by on April 2nd, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  In lock down you might find yourself with more time to read; reading some science might also be a welcome distraction from the pandemic. Lots of fascinating stuff in March, hosted on bioRxiv and arXiv– let us know if we missed anything. Use these links to[…]