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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[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The eyes have it – from genetics to gene therapy

Posted by on July 2nd, 2020

We discover how researchers are bringing discoveries about the underlying genetic faults that cause eye diseases all the way through to game-changing gene therapies designed to save sight.

Introducing ACME: the species-versatile fixation and dissociation solution for single cell analysis

Posted by on July 1st, 2020

This post highlights the approach and findings of a new research article available in preprint on BioRxiv. This feature was written by members of the Solana lab, authors of that paper. Single cell techniques are revolutionising biology, but at the moment they are largely limited to traditional model organisms and require access to specialised equipment[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The Cancer Ladies – Maud Slye and Pauline Gross

Posted by on June 18th, 2020

How two women – a scientist fascinated by dancing mice and a seamstress with a deadly legacy – who made significant contributions to cancer research.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Out Standing in the Field – the highs and lows of genetics fieldwork

Posted by on June 4th, 2020

From chasing butterflies up mountains to artificially inseminating kakapos, we talk to the researchers studying genetics in action through fieldwork.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: From one generation to the next – the life and work of Dame Anne McLaren

Posted by on May 21st, 2020

Kat Arney reflects on the life and work of Dame Anne McLaren, one of the leading embryologists of the 20th century.

Getting involved in peer review

Posted by on May 19th, 2020

In pre-COVID19 times, back when conferences happened largely in person, early career researchers (ECRs) often asked me how they could get more direct invitations to be a reviewer. Peer review is a crucial part of the publishing ecosystem and therefore it’s not uncommon for group leaders to invite members of their lab to review articles[…]

Scientific conference reform: scientists respond to Sarabipour et al. 2020

Posted by on April 28th, 2020

I wrote to several colleagues in the process of highlighting (preLight here) a recent preprint on conference reform by Sarabipour et al., some involved in organising conferences, others invested in ECR career development, publishing, and publishing reform. Here are their comments (I will update this resource as I hear back from more people):     Jessica[…]

JoVE for developmental biology research and eduction

Posted by on April 24th, 2020

Dear Developmental Biologists, We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Node for the chance to write a post about JoVE and how our resources can be beneficial for the research and teaching of developmental biology and multiple other disciplines. All researchers will be familiar with the challenges of replicating an experiment you’ve[…]

Genetics Unzipped: Twisted history – the true story of the double helix

Posted by on April 23rd, 2020

There’s more to the story of the double helix than Watson and Crick. We unwind history to uncover some of the less well-known figures behind the discovery of the structure and function of DNA.