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Early development: the journey from oocyte to embryo

Posted by on April 3rd, 2020

Meeting report: 2nd EMBO workshop “Awakening of the genome: the maternal-to-zygotic transition”   Amanda Amodeo1*, Johanna Gassler2* and Ksenia Kuznetsova3*, Philip Zegerman4   *These authors contributed equally Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Carl Icahn Laboratory South Drive Princeton University. Princeton, NJ 08544 Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), Vienna Biocenter[…]

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[…]

Time to crack coding?

Posted by on March 24th, 2020

As labs shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, some might be unsure of what to do next. Even if your project doesn’t have a computational (i.e. bioinformatic) aspect, knowing some code can still be useful to present your research. Importantly, learning to code is particularly well-suited for the current situation, because there are[…]

Labs in lockdown

Posted by on March 13th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has led to travel restrictions, conference cancellations and university closures. How do labs function in various states of lockdown? What happens to model organisms and long running experiments? On the personal side, how can we counter the loss of lab camaraderie? And education – how can you run a course from home?[…]

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,[…]

How can we maintain scientific interactions while reducing air travel?

Posted by on December 12th, 2019

POLL NOW CLOSED – THANKS TO ALL WHO TOOK PART   Increasing numbers of biologists are becoming reluctant to travel to conferences due to concerns about climate change. We aim to partner with other organisations to develop resources for sustainable conferencing. Please help us by completing this very short poll:     Create your own user[…]

EDBC 2019: preprints workshop

Posted by on November 21st, 2019

For the first time in 20 years, researchers from across the continent gathered for the European Developmental Biology Congress in Alicante, Spain (October 23-26 2019). Fortunately, we won’t have to wait another 20 years for the next one – it will be held next in the UK in 2023. But in addition to a fantastic[…]

“My balance comes from instability” thought Herzog (Saul Bellow, Herzog)

Posted by on October 28th, 2019

A bit of background The dependence of a protein’s function on its structure is a well-known phenomenon. Back in 1970’s, it was suggested that most proteins would fold into one energetically stable or favorable conformational state in the cell determined by their primary amino acid sequence. This led to the notion of “one sequence to[…]

Echoes of “Chromatin-Based Regulation of Development” workshop OR “to TAD or not to TAD”?

Posted by on May 14th, 2019

The non-profit publishing groups can make a real difference The very best part of being a scientist is cracking mysteries of the universe and what is in it. The second best thing about this profession, in my opinion, is being part of a scientific community. Conversations, conferences, workshops, collaborations, networking, support and constant inspiration from[…]

Meeting report of the Cambridge Fly Club Symposium – Past, Present and Future of Drosophila Research

Posted by on May 10th, 2019

By Ghislain Gillard, Maria J. Gomez Lamarca, Robert Krautz, Rosa Park, David Salvador-Garcia, Yara Sanchez-Corrales and Jelle van den Ameele   On the 28th of January, the Cambridge Fly Club held its very first Symposium in the beautiful environment of Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK. This meeting, titled “Past, Present and Future of Drosophila research” was[…]