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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[…]

February in preprints

Posted by on March 2nd, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  February’s haul features blooming orchids, regenerating lungfish and human intestines, and also lots of interesting stuff in the ‘Research practice and education section’, from preprint impacts to the dominance of the English language in science. They were hosted on bioRxiv and arXiv. Let us know if we[…]

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,[…]

Bent into shape: The rules of tree form

Posted by on February 17th, 2020

From Knowable Magazine’s Special Report: Building Bodies. For an introduction to the series see Eva Emerson and Rosie Mestel’s Node post. How do trees find their sense of direction as they grow? Researchers are getting to the root — and the branches — of how the grandest of plants develop. By Rachel Ehrenberg   There’s[…]

Building Bodies

Posted by on February 13th, 2020

Dear developmental biologists, As editor-in-chief and executive editor of Knowable Magazine from Annual Reviews, we’re grateful for the invitation to write a post here at The Node about a special report on developmental biology — “Building Bodies” — that Knowable just published. We hope that the articles, written in accessible language, will intrigue and be[…]

January in preprints

Posted by on February 3rd, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month’s trawl includes a veritable farm, with developmental studies of potatoes, beetroot, tomato, maize, wheat, pigs, cows and goats, plus many of the usual suspects. They were hosted on bioRxiv and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything. Use these links to get to[…]

Off and On: it’s more complicated than we thought.

Posted by on January 23rd, 2020

We learn fairly early on when becoming biologists that both development and an organism’s response to environmental stressors require turning the right set of genes on in the right cells, at the right time. Clearly, for “on” to be meaningful, other genes have to be “off,” and many disordered conditions are associated with misexpression of[…]

the Node’s 2019 highlights

Posted by on January 7th, 2020

A new year is a good opportunity to look back on the one just passed, and whether you’re a Node regular or new to us, this selection of our 2019 highlights will hopefully be of interest, particularly if you’re interested in contributing something and looking for inspiration. We are a community site for and by[…]

December in preprints

Posted by on January 3rd, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  Here’s the last cache of preprints of 2019 – happy preprinting in 2020! They were hosted on bioRxiv and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything. Use these links to get to the section you want:   Developmental biology | Patterning & signalling | Morphogenesis & mechanics | Genes[…]

12 GIFs of Christmas 2019

Posted by on December 20th, 2019

In keeping with a time-honoured tradition, we recently flooded Twitter with 12 beautiful developmental biology GIFs. They came from papers published this year and feature all kinds of systems and visual styles – here they are for posterity! Let us know your favourite in the comments Whole-embryo developmental imaging of zebrafish spinal cord neurogenesis From[…]