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(Developmental) Biology around the internet- February 2014

Posted by , on 13 February 2014

Here is our monthly round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:


News & Research:

Albinoaxolotl3(2)– A new paper in Nature claims that cellular reprogramming can be achieved by exposing cells to stress.

– The winners of the 2014 SDB awards were announced. Richard Harland, Christopher Wylie and Janet Heasman are among those honoured.

– ‘A Fred Sanger would not survive today’s world of science’- Sydney Brenner discusses Sanger’s career.

– The first European bank for induced pluripotent stem cells was announced.

– An article in the Guardian suggests that the axolotl, a great model for regeneration studies, may be extinct in the wild.

– An excellent article by Ed Yong discusses a recent paper by Kondo and Yamanaka on zebrafish stripe formation.

– And the 12th of February was Darwin’s birthday- happy Darwin day everyone!


Weird & Wonderful:

– Do you like knitting and science? Join the Glasgow city of science project to beat a world record by knitting your own microbe!

– Are you a fan of the game ‘Cards against humanity’? Then the new edition ‘Cards against scientists‘ is for you!

– Valentine’s day is upon us! If that special person in your life is a scientist, you may want to follow #AcademicValentines for a few ideas.

– And we bet you never thought that sushi could teach you about developmental biology…

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Beautiful & Interesting images

– We found a website with images of 8 DNA sculptures from around the world.

– Phil Gates (@SeymourDaily) tweeted a series of beautiful plant cross-sections.

– If you ever wanted to know what scientists think of each other, this helpful and funny diagram will answer all your questions.

– Ultrasound scans, small cameras and computer graphics were used to generate these beautiful images of animals in the womb.

– And this figure explaining what scientists really say in the lab was one of our most popular tweets this month:

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Axolotl image by Orizatriz, wikimedia commons

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