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(Developmental) Biology around the internet- February 2015

Posted by , on 12 February 2015

Here is February’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet!


News & Research:

– A new technique called ‘expansion microscopy‘ makes tissues swell up in order to observe structures at higher resolution.

– Mary Lyon, the mouse geneticist who proposed the theory of X-chromosome inactivation, died last December. Obituaries on her life and research can be read in the Guardian and Nature.

– How English became the only language of science– an interesting historical overview in Aeon.

– A recent blog post argued that papers should be written with more style and beauty. Do you agree?

– Plant developmental biologist Caroline Dean is the winner of the 2015 FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award

– ‘Fly Room‘ is a feature film on the relationship between one of T H Morgan’s students and his daughter, and provides an interesting insight into the early years of fly genetics. The next screening will be at Janelia Farm!

– An opinion piece in Science compared the maternity/paternity leave support for postdocs in the US and in Europe.

– ‘In the 1970s, radical scientists thought they could change the world’- thought provoking article in Mosaic.

– ‘Not your average technician‘- article on Nature News  on technicians with unusual jobs.

– An interesting article in the Guardian discussed the interplay between science and science fiction.

– Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, the grande dame of developmental biology– article by the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting

– The Sanger institute released a new website with a variety of educational resources about the genome.


Weird & Wonderful:

– ‘Thank you ants for helping me science‘- a cute project shows that the scientific method can be applied by all age groups!

– This xkcd comic explores the gut (macro) fauna.

– Following the success of the Lego Research Institute set, two more science lego projects you can vote for: HMS Beagle and Scientists in History.

– We spotted this fantastic poster/t-shirt from last year’s SDB meeting:



Beautiful & Interesting images:

– We spotted a couple of science cakes in the last few weeks: this muscle fibers cake and a cell division cake

– Is it snowing where you are? Here are some Nobel Prize snowflakes to cheer up your day!  

Videos worth watching:

– What is Evo-Devo and how did this field come to be?- Arkhat Abzhanov explains in this video!

– Is your PI away all the time? This video shows that you are not alone.

– And the Manchester Fly Facility produced this great educational video on the history and importance of Drosophila in biomedical research.



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One thought on “(Developmental) Biology around the internet- February 2015”

  1. Can anyone explain very simply how does Expansion Microscopy work? I can understand how the expansion itself works, but in my mind that would create spaces between the proteins…how does the staining look exactly the same and how is a spinning disk confocal image so much better than a super resolution image?

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