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.
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
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
- Nipam Patel promoted his beautiful video on squid development, compiled from a decade of Woods Hole Embryology Courses
- In the week of the official opening of The Crick, James Briscoe gave an inside perspective on their hiring policy
- Alfonso Martinez-Arias wrote about the promise of preprints in biomedical sciences, and about what stem and developmental biologists have in common with engineers.
- Brooke Morriswood gave a short guide to writing scientific manuscripts
- A set of papers reported failure to replicate the NgAgo gene-editing method
- An event at the Harvard Law School brought together scientists and ethicists to discuss the 14 day rule for human embryo research
- In the ASCB Newsletter, Peter Walter and Dyche Mullins talkes about the problem with commercial publishing
- Following Theresa May’s announcement of £2billion/year investment in research and development, the RCUK welcomed the news, and Scienceogram took a look at the numbers
- Ewa Paluch of the MRC LMCB at UCL has been announced as the winner of the BSCB Hooke Medal 2017
- Fredrik Lanner of the Karolinska Institute was named a Wallenberg Academy Fellow
- The FASEB BioArt competition winners were announced, and included some beautiful developmental biology!
- The Allen Institute for Cell Science announced the release of five publically available tagged cell lines
- Over on PLoS Biologue, Jamy Pang gave the story behind his recent work on small non-coding RNAs and fertility
- Paul Knoepfler interviewed Michael Werner about the 21st Century Cures Act
- Oh, and there was an election.
The best tweets
— Loic A. Royer (@loicaroyer) November 28, 2016
— Loic A. Royer (@loicaroyer) October 31, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving! Yes, we CT scanned our turkey, and like any good dinosaur biologist, prepared and accessioned the skeleton (OUVC 10789). pic.twitter.com/V2YbF6mF22
— WitmerLab (@WitmerLab) November 24, 2016
— A. Sánchez Alvarado (@Planaria1) November 22, 2016
— A. Sánchez Alvarado (@Planaria1) November 4, 2016
~30,000 people are now an author on a bioRxiv preprint :-) #preprintsworking
— Richard Sever (@cshperspectives) November 3, 2016
— Alexis Verger (@Alexis_Verger) November 29, 2016
— Hunt Willard (@hwillardX) November 1, 2016
— The Crick (@TheCrick) November 2, 2016
— Max Planck Society (@maxplanckpress) November 23, 2016
If Andy Warhol did Zebrafish…. pic.twitter.com/bkrqKNGNPJ
— Cardiff Bioimaging (@CUBioimagingHub) November 21, 2016
ZF skin is beautiful pic.twitter.com/G0TUYobJHt
— MadScientist (@MadS100tist) November 27, 2016
— NIH NHLBI (@nih_nhlbi) November 23, 2016
Impressions from a long weekend: the Church of Haeckel. pic.twitter.com/2RlVLwwfZB
— Yogi Jaeger (@yoginho) November 1, 2016
— Adam P. Summers (@Fishguy_FHL) November 13, 2016
— Albert Cardona (@albertcardona) November 16, 2016
— The Royal Society (@royalsociety) November 9, 2016