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Posted by , on 4 October 2022

What’s in a name? From defining ‘epigenetics’, to naming nervous system organoids and assembloids, #SciTwitter has been alive with debate over the last two weeks. We bring you some of our favourite Twitter threads on these topics.

What’s in a name, part one

The lively discussion from #EMBOepigenome on what is real and hearsay in epigenetics spilled over onto Twitter. What does epigenetics mean to you and where do you sit on Zack Chiang’s epigenetics alignment chart? As always, click on the Tweets to read the full thread!

What’s in a name, part two

To facilitate discussion both within the scientific community and with the general public, researchers came together to produce a framework for naming neural organoids and assembloids:

During the panel discussion at our recent Development Meeting ‘From Stem Cells to Human Development’, we also discussed the importance of public perception, as well as consistency, in naming the multitude of in vitro models of human development. Go to 1hr45mins for the start of the panel discussion.

preLights in #devbio (and related topics)

How ‘humanised’ slides used during lectures could take away some of our deep-rooted assumptions and help to celebrate diversity within STEM.

What separates leaders from followers? Marwaha and colleagues reveal an unexpected role of lysosomes in leader cells during collective cell migration in their new study.

Predicting the future of drug naïve tumor cells by looking at their past.

It’s the #NPAW2022! Time to celebrate the achievements of postdocs, but also discuss their struggles. We have therefore chosen to highlight this recent preprint that uncovers mentoring barriers in postdoctoral training, but also provides solutions!

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