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This month on the Node and beyond

Posted by , on 5 December 2016

November turned out to be  a bumper month on the Node with posts on research (current and historical), meetings and new resources, as well as interviews and a meeting report. Plus some beautiful science-inspired art. Here are some of our highlights, as well as our pick of the best of the web this month.


Research, resources, and advocacy


We heard about recent research on what a pluripotency transcription factor does during mitosis, how sea stars build their nervous systems, and how fruit flies make blood.



We heard about the 3D atlas of human development, a resource that includes histology sections and interactive 3D PDFs of the stages of human development,  and the team behind the eMouse Atlas told us about their new eLearning resource. We also continued our monthly rounds up of preprints of interest to developmental biology.


Andreas Prokop wrote about why advocacy is crucial for the survival of developmental biology, and why all of us should have our elevator pitch ready. He is keen to hear thoughts on ideas on this issue!


People and places


We got to know a whole bunch of developmental biologists this month, in Development interviews with Paola Arlotta, Kathryn Anderson and David McClay, and in our People Behind the Papers series featuring James Nichols on craniofacial development in zebrafish, and Kristian Franze, Amelia Joy Thompson and Sarah Foster on how the mechanical environment influences axon pathfinding in brain development.


(A) Acropora digitifera colonies in shallow water at Onna-son, Okinawa, Japan. (B) “Bundle setting” of Acropora tenuis (Photo: Yuna Zayasu). (C) Acropora digitifera colonies that are spawning.

Our latest in the ‘Day in the Life…’ series came from Yuuri Yasuoka in Okinawa, who gave us an insight into working with coral.



We also got to hear an account (by me) of the Spanish Society for Developmental Biology’s annual meeting in beautiful Girona, and about another trip by one of the Company of Biologists’ Travelling fellows, Alessandro Donada, from Paris to Cambridge.


Art and history

We heard from two scientist-cum-artists, Mia Buehr and Beata Edyta Mierzwa, about how cell and developmental biology influenced their art.


Our latest post in the Forgotten Classics series featured two papers from Rosa Beddington, with insights from two people who worked with her, Patrick Tam and Virginia Papaioannou.


Beyond the Node: some internet highlights



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