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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[…]

Labs in lockdown II

Posted by on March 25th, 2020

A couple of weeks ago we posted a collection of tweets from scientists about COVID-19. A lot has changed since that time – we in the UK are two days in to our own lock down, along with many parts of the world – and so we thought it would be a good time to[…]

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 Q&As

Posted by on March 18th, 2020

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 had a fantastic planned line up of plenary speakers. Over the past three days we managed to sit down for a virtual chat with five of them – in these short videos, you’ll hear about their science, their connection to the BSDB, how the coronavirus has been affecting their labs, and more.  […]

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 – Exhibitor Showcase

Posted by on March 18th, 2020

Exhibitors are crucial to fund society conferences like BSDB/Gensoc 2020, and since they did not have the chance to promote themselves in person, here we are showcasing some of them (the post will be added to as more come in, as they understandably have a lot on their plate right now!) Who are you and[…]

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 – eTalks and Tweetorials

Posted by on March 18th, 2020

The BSDB/GenSoc meeting’s cancellation left organisers and us thinking about ways to try to replicate some of it online. Over on Twitter it’s been a blast – just look at #BSDBGenSoc2020 where you’ll find speaker profiles, poster sessions (which we also put on the Node: I and II), and lots of discussions. But what about[…]

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 Poster Session II

Posted by on March 17th, 2020

Here’s the second poster session of the virtual BSDB / Genetics Society 2020 meeting. The presenters would love to hear your comments and questions   1. Rebecca Lea (The Francis Crick Institute) ‘Identifying novel regulators of human pluripotency and embryogenesis’.   Fighsare link   2. Lara Busby (University of Cambridge) ‘Investigating time & cell fate[…]

BSDB/GenSoc 2020 Poster Session I

Posted by on March 16th, 2020

The online version of the BSDB Genetic Society Spring meeting is well on its way over on Twitter (follow it at #BSDBGenSoc2020 and see our recently updated post for details about what we’re planning over the next couple of days). Here we’re going to share the e-Poster session – 12 participants uploaded the posters they[…]