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Development presents… preLights third birthday special

Posted by , on 26 January 2021



The next webinar in our Development presents… series will be a little different: rather than being chaired by a Development editor, the preLights team will be in control. preLights is the preprint highlights service run by the biological community and supported by The Company of Biologists, and in February they celebrate their third birthday.

We brought together three preLighters with interests in developmental biology – Sundar Naganathan, Irepan Salvador-Martinez and Grace Lim – who have each invited authors of recent exciting preprints to give talks. The preLighters will chair the talks and the Q&As, and we’ll also hear from outgoing preLights Community Manager Mate Palfy about three years in the life of a preprint-focused community. We hope to see you there!


Wednesday 10 February 2021 – 13:00 GMT


Michèle Romanos (from Bertrand Benazeraf’s lab at the Centre de Biologie Integrative in Toulouse)

‘Cell-to-cell heterogeneity in Sox2 and Brachyury expression ratios guides progenitor destiny by controlling their motility.’


Marc Robinson-Rechavi (University of Lausanne & Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)

‘The hourglass model of evolutionary conservation during embryogenesis extends to developmental enhancers with signatures of positive selection’


Meng Zhu (from Magdalena Zernicka Goetz’s lab at the University of Cambridge)

‘Mechanism of cell polarisation and first lineage segregation in the human embryo’



To register for the event, go to


The webinar will be held in Remo, our browser-based conferencing platform – after the talks you’ll have the chance to meet the speakers and other participants at virtual conference tables. If you can’t make it on the day, talks will be available to watch for a couple of weeks after the event (look out for details on the Node).


For more information about what to expect in Remo, go to

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