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Special issue on morphogenesis

Posted by on September 22nd, 2020

A notice from Royal Society Publishing Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue from Philosophical Transactions B – Contemporary morphogenesis, organized and edited by Kyra Campbell, Emily S Noël, Alexander G Fletcher and Natalia A Bulgakova. The articles can be accessed directly at www.bit.ly/PTB1809 Purchase the print issue at the reduced price of £35(usual[…]

POSTDOC POSITION OPEN AT RuiDiogoLab

Posted by on September 1st, 2020

Postdoc Position: Visible Ape & Dissemination & Research Hiring Institution: Howard Univ.; Posted: 09-1-2020; Duration PostDoc: Sept2020-Aug2022 A postdoctoral researcher is sought to join the Rui Diogo lab (www.ruidiogolab.com), at the Howard University College of Medicine, Department of Anatomy (Washington DC).   Within the field, this is one of the labs with a higher impact, number of[…]

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position: Evolutionary Origin of Synapses and Neurons at Sars Centre in Bergen, Norway

Posted by on August 6th, 2020

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (www.sars.no) in the research group headed by Dr. Pawel Burkhardt. The position is for a period of 3 years and is funded on the Sars Centre core budget. The Sars Centre belongs to the University of[…]

An ode to the Node: 10 years in the life of a community blog

Posted by on July 7th, 2020

This Editorial by Aidan Maartens, Katherine Brown and James Briscoe was published yesterday in Development. Don’t forget that we’re celebrating 10 years with a free online networking event on July 29 – more details here. In 2009, we asked our authors and readers for feedback on how the journal was doing and for suggestions of[…]

FocalPlane: a new microscopy community site from The Company of Biologists

Posted by on July 2nd, 2020

FocalPlane is a new microscopy community site hosted by Journal of Cell Science (JCS), Development’s sister journal, and like the Node funded by our not-for-profit publisher, The Company of Biologists. Launched yesterday, it encompasses all fields in the biological sciences where they meet microscopy. Here the FocalPlane team introduce the site: From conversations the JCS[…]

Survey about online seminars & conferences

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

The ongoing pandemic has resulted in many scientific conferences moving to an online format, and researchers who can no longer attend seminars at their institutes have been organising and attending various virtual seminar series (here on The Node there are currently over 40 online events listed in developmental biology and beyond). Several considerations about virtual[…]

Research Highlight #5: Leukemic stem cells from iPSCs

Posted by on June 9th, 2020

Today let’s delve into a curious case involving induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and leukemic stem cells (LSCs). Most blood cells derived from iPSCs are unable to engraft in immunodeficient mice. However, Wesely and colleagues observed an exceptionally high engraftment efficiency of cell lines derived from an individual affected by acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In[…]

Research Highlight #4: Macrophages in human development

Posted by on June 1st, 2020

Today we return our interest to human development, focusing on a special blood cell: the macrophage. Produced in multiple, stem cell-independent waves, macrophages colonize the developing foetus early on, forming several tissue-resident populations. This includes the microglia which are essential for brain and spinal cord development. In this paper, the authors looked into macrophage development[…]

Research Highlight #3: IL-1 regulates haematopoietic stem cell pool size via PU.1

Posted by on May 25th, 2020

Today, we move to mouse adult haematopoiesis, with an elegant work on inflammation and stem cell biology. As always, feedback is more than welcome! Chronic inflammation is one of the classic events underlying aging and infection response. When associated with loss of quiescence in haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), it is commonly the initiating event in[…]

Staying connected during the COVID19 pandemic

Posted by on May 21st, 2020

Among many other (many more important) things, pandemic times have meant an end to travel, which for the Development team means no conferences and no lab visits. For me personally, it’s meant cancelled trips to Shanghai, Kyoto, Washington and Chicago, and while I’m delighted to be keeping my carbon footprint down, I’m definitely missing the[…]