Welcome to our light-hearted look at the goings-on in the world of developmental biology in the last two weeks (or so).
Call to action
NIH funding for maintaining the model organism databases (MODs) that we know and love is under threat.
Make sure your opinion is heard: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5NGLNNJ
For more background: https://www.ascb.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/MOD-letter_for_NIH_0325213.pdf
Talking points on Twitter
Is it time to consign tSNE and UMAP plots to history?
- Preprint from Lior Pachter with over 1600 tweets
- You can find comments for and against on this tweetorial from Lior
- And a tweetorial in reply from Tim Sainburg that got a lot of love
Which model is the best for studying human development?
- A Perspective article in Nature about the Human Developmental Cell Atlas
- Some responses from the #devbio community (note this article created a twitter storm, especially the size of the circles in Fig1c. We have picked out a few twitter threads)
Advice for new graduate students
There are many wonderful twitter threads offering advice to new graduate students, and indeed much of the advice is relevant to the wider community. Here are a couple of our favourites:
#DevBio in preLights
Thanks to the #DevBio community for making this such an interesting couple of weeks, especially on twitter. If you have some news that you think we should share with the developmental biology community on our blog, please get in touch at email@example.com. If you are interested in getting involved with writing preLights you can find out more here.