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September in preprints

Posted by on October 2nd, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  In recent preprint news, CSHL, which runs bioRxiv, launched Transparent Review in Preprints (TRiP), a new project enabling journals and peer review services to post peer reviews of submitted manuscripts. In linked news EMBO Press and ASAPbio launched  Review Commons, a platform that peer-reviews research manuscripts in[…]

The birth of vision

Posted by on September 9th, 2019

By decoding the genetic mechanisms that control the neurons of the visual system, researchers at UNIGE are unveiling the first steps in the construction of vision, paving the way for regenerative eye medicine. A Press Release from the University of Geneva.   How is the retina formed? And how do neurons differentiate to become individual[…]

August in preprints

Posted by on September 2nd, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.    The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use these links to get to the section you want:   Developmental biology | Patterning & signalling | Morphogenesis & mechanics | Genes & genomes | Stem cells, regeneration & disease modelling | Plant development[…]

July in preprints

Posted by on August 5th, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use these links to get to the section you want:   Developmental biology | Patterning & signalling | Morphogenesis & mechanics | Genes & genomes | Stem cells, regeneration & disease modelling | Plant development Evo-devo &[…]

June in preprints

Posted by on July 5th, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  Another big haul this month covering everything from great ape cerebral organoids to collectively contracting choanoflagellates, the genes that control iris development to the signals and forces making boundaries in the hindbrain. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and[…]

Collaboration: All the things we cannot see (alone).

Posted by on June 3rd, 2019

By Miriam Rosenberg and Suparna Ray Most of what we know about axial patterning in insects comes from decades of careful, beautiful work done in flies. Thanks to the genetic screens of Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus in the late 1970’s, we learned that distinct classes of genes, many of them transcription factors, act in[…]

May in preprints

Posted by on June 3rd, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month evo-devo is particularly well represented (from choanoflagellates to Portuguese men of war), and there’s a slew of single cell sequencing papers, lots on iPSC differentiation and some rooting around in our plant development section. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if[…]

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[…]

April in preprints

Posted by on May 1st, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  This month was notable for a preponderance of plant development preprints, many molecular maps (supported by single cell sequencing), a hearty helping of human development and a multiplicity of (Drosophila) melanogaster mechanics. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and[…]

Functional interrogation of the C-terminal domain of RNA polymerase II in fruit flies

Posted by on April 24th, 2019

Feiyue Lu and David Gilmour tell the story behind their recent paper in Molecular Cell RNA polymerase II (Pol II) is the enzyme responsible for transcribing most genes in eukaryotes. The C-terminal domain (CTD) is a highly repetitive, unstructured domain on the largest Pol II subunit, Rpb1. It consists of numerous repeats of seven amino acids[…]