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Genetics Unzipped podcast: Making Babies and Getting Organised: Celebrating Hilde Mangold and Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch

Posted by on September 10th, 2020

In this episode we’re going back to the very beginning, telling the stories of the midwives of the field of developmental genetics, two talented researchers whose work helped to reveal the secrets of life in its very earliest stages: Hilde Mangold and Salome Gluecksohn-Waelsch.

An interview with Trudi Schüpbach

Posted by on September 7th, 2020

Last October I had the great pleasure of interviewing Trudi Schüpbach for Development in Buenos Aires. We were at the Latin American Society for Developmental Biology meeting (check out the meeting report here), and over a pizza had a wide ranging discussion about her life in science, the place of genetics in developmental biology, and[…]

List of virtual talks, seminars, forums

Posted by on September 2nd, 2020

Updated 02 September. Let us know if we missed anything   Various organisations and looser assemblies of locked down researchers have begun to put together online seminar and talk series, many of which are open to anyone (usually with registration), and many of which also have previous talks recorded. Here’s a list of what we’ve[…]

August in preprints

Posted by on September 1st, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  The preprints this month are hosted on bioRxiv and arXiv – use these links to get to the section you want.   Developmental biology | Patterning & signalling | Morphogenesis & mechanics | Genes & genomes | Stem cells, regeneration & disease modelling | Plant development Evo-devo & evo[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Rare, Well Done: Progress and challenges in rare genetic disorders

Posted by on August 27th, 2020

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, Dr Kat Arney takes a look at the progress that’s been made in tackling rare genetic disorders (and the challenges that remain) and we hear from a prenatal genetic counsellor about how new tests are helping people carrying genetic variations make decisions about starting a family.

Deadline approaching for Cell State Transitions Workshop

Posted by on August 26th, 2020

Virtual Workshop from The Company of Biologists Cell State Transitions: Approaches, Experimental Systems and Models Organisers: Kevin Chalut and Austin Smith Date: 15 – 17 December 2020   Transitions between cellular identities are fundamental to metazoan biology, from development to disease. Yet how cells navigate accurately between distinct identities remains poorly understood. A primary challenge is that[…]

The people behind the papers – Xin Zhu, Yiquan Wang and Guang Li

Posted by on August 26th, 2020

This interview, the 77th in our series, was published in Development earlier this year.  During development, the establishment of directional left-right (L-R) asymmetry is crucial for the correct positioning of organs within the body. How symmetry is broken in the embryo is still incompletely understood at the molecular level, as is its evolutionary history. A new[…]

Adjusting to normal

Posted by on August 19th, 2020

The phrase “adjusting to the new normal” is a part of everyone’s life in one way or another, especially given our current global circumstances. Many in my circle are adjusting to facemasks, keeping physical distance (no friends/family meetups for months), constantly using hand sanitizers, cleaning surfaces at every turn/or use, ordering groceries online instead of[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life

Posted by on August 13th, 2020

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, Kat Arney brings you exclusive excerpts from her new book Rebel Cell, exploring where cancer came from, where it’s going, and how we might beat it.

SDB 2020 Conference Reflection – My First Society for Developmental Biology Conference

Posted by on August 11th, 2020

My name is Alicia Ugenti and I am an undergraduate from Amherst College studying Biology and Sexuality, Women’s, and Gender Studies. Last year, I took a course in Developmental Biology and for the past three years, I have conducted research in the lab of Katerina Ragkousi, with my time now culminating into a thesis for[…]