In case you missed it, here’s a round up of our July content, with lots of developmental biology research highlights (inc. microfluidics, zebrafinches and 3D retinas), as well as some art, some history, and some opinions. Happy reading!
Christopher Demers wrote about microfluidic chambers and how they can be a useful tool for developmental biologists, Carloine Dillard introduced her recent work using Drosophila neural stem cells as a model for understanding the developmental origins of tumours, and Aysu Uygur told us what chickens and zebrafinches tell us about how to pattern different-sized tissues.
Marcos Simoes-Costa described how a fusion of classical and modern techniques helped to define and control the neural crest, Amelia Lane told the story of differentiating photoreceptors from patient iPSCs and the great promise the technique has for retinal degeneration, and The DMDD wrote about how Zika has put birth defects in the spotlight.
Jingi Wu wrote about what ATAC-seq revealed about the chromatin landscape of the early embryo, and Wouter Masselink told us about a new cell type that orchestrates the development of the fin and sheds light on the fin-to limb transition.
In our latest ‘Day in the Life’ series, Yoshimasa Hamada gave us an insight into what life is like in a cricket lab, Ngang Heok recounted his time in Singapore thanks to a Development travelling fellowship, and Rachna Narayanan wrote a report from the joint BSCB-BSDB Spring meeting in Warwick.
History and Art
Máté Varga told the fascinating story of George Streisinger, Hungarian founding father of zebrafish research and social activist (really worth setting aside twenty minutes to read this!)
Mark Hintze (developmental biologist) and Diana Gradinaru (artist) introduced their wonderful animation about the questions of developmental biology. The piece really gives wonderful context to the video:
Gary McDowell, Vicki Metzis and Wouter Masselink gave us three quite different takes on what Brexit means for them and for science. A month on, all we know is that the uncertainty surrounding the UK science’s future is not going to be short lived.
We started a new feature: this month in preprints, which aimed to collate and promote the latest devbio & related work deposited in preprint servers in the last month. Look out for July’s selection later today.
Over on our jobs page, we had postdocs come up in Florida and Cologne, and PhDs in Groningen and Charleroi Brussels.