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(Developmental) Biology around the internet- June 2015

Posted by , on 16 June 2015

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


News & Research

– Daniel St Johnston predicts the renaissance of a new wave of developmental biology, in this piece published in PLOS Biology.

– The retirement debate– should older scientists stay at the bench or make way for the next generation? Nature considers the pros and cons.

How the micropipette was invented– great historical account in this article from 2005 in EMBO Reports.

– A piece in Nature considers the history, potential and concerns of CRISPR.

– Two new websites with great outreach resources have been released: The ISSCR launched ‘A closer look at stem cells‘, while the Manchester Fly Facility released their website Droso4Schools, with great teaching resources to bring flies to the classroom. Also in the topic of outreach, a short piece in Science Careers discusses science education in prisons.

How to apply for a postdoc or PhD position– Nobel Prize winners Paul Nurse and Martin Chalfie share their thoughts.

– The last couple months saw several honours bestowed on developmental biologists. Rudolph Jaenisch was awarded the 2015 March of Dimes prize and several researchers in the field were elected members of the National Academy of Science, the Royal Society and EMBO.


Weird & Wonderful:

– First author proposes to girlfriend in the acknowledgements of his latest paper in Current Biology. She said yes!

– The Sauka-Spengler lab released a ‘street view’ tour of their lab.

– And if you are a Tolkien fan, here is some Hobbit science!



Beautiful & Interesting images:

Explaining developmental Biology using sweets!

– If you like a pretty images check out the June release of The Journal of Experimental Biology desktop calendar.

– And the science of academic humour:


Videos worth watching:

– Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus talk about their Nobel Prize winning work.

– National Geography released this fantastic video of bee development.

– The trailer for the PHD Movie 2 is now available!

– And how do you increase the funding for science? Manipulate the ‘funding gene’ of politicians!



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