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Salah Elias introduces a new virtual forum for early PIs in cell and developmental biology

Posted by on June 29th, 2020

Of the many virtual seminar series that have sprung up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in particular caught our eye – the New PIs in Cell and Developmental Biology Forum (you can follow updates and find information by following #NewPICellDev on Twitter). To find out more about the series we met Salah Elias,[…]

Survey about online seminars & conferences

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

The ongoing pandemic has resulted in many scientific conferences moving to an online format, and researchers who can no longer attend seminars at their institutes have been organising and attending various virtual seminar series (here on The Node there are currently over 40 online events listed in developmental biology and beyond). Several considerations about virtual[…]

The Superheroes in Liver Regeneration

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

The animation is a result of collaborative work of scientists from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) and visual storytellers from the Animation Workshop (VIA), telling the story of a scientific attempt to learn what happen to the liver when damaged and how this knowledge could be translated in the future[…]

Conversations with my parents (about adult chondrogenesis and spontaneous cartilage repair in the skate, Leucoraja erinacea)

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

One night, during the summer of 2012, I found myself sitting in a cottage in Woods Hole, trying to explain to my parents why I’d spent much of my professional life studying the little skate (Figure 1). I was a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University at the time, and working almost exclusively with skate as[…]

The story of my heart, from the bottom of my heart (says the Zebrafish)

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

I started off as quite little—just one cell, in fact. No heart, no brain, no blood flowed in me and yet, somehow I found the motivation in me to divide. One me made two and two mes made four, till many tiny mes made me a full-fledged embryo with a heart full of hope. As[…]

Reminder : UK SouthWest Zebrafish Meeting – 11 Sep 2020 – register today!

Posted by on June 22nd, 2020

Dear All We are looking forward to an exciting UK SouthWest Zebrafish Meeting at the 11 Sep 2020! If you have not already, register and also submit your abstracts for either talks or posters. Talks and posters will be given to students, early career researchers and technicians. Our deadline for abstract submission is Friday 24th[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The Cancer Ladies – Maud Slye and Pauline Gross

Posted by on June 18th, 2020

How two women – a scientist fascinated by dancing mice and a seamstress with a deadly legacy – who made significant contributions to cancer research.

An evolutionary fable: the black pencil and the rubber.

Posted by on June 18th, 2020

By Héloïse Dufour, Shigeyuki Koshikawa and Cédric Finet In this post we will discuss our recent paper entitled “Temporal flexibility of gene regulatory network underlies a novel wing pattern in flies” [1]. We initiated the present project in Sean Carroll’s lab where the pigmentation in drosophilids was used as a model to study evolutionary genetics.[…]

Workshop proposals sought

Posted by on June 17th, 2020

The Company of Biologists Workshops provide leading experts and early-career researchers from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds with a stimulating environment for the cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas. The programmes are carefully developed and are intended to champion the novel techniques and innovations that will underpin important scientific advances. The Workshops really are fantastic events, but[…]

Pregnancy complications in assisted reproduction linked to a specific process

Posted by on June 9th, 2020

A Press Release from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine – see the Development paper by Lisa Vrooman, Marisa Bartolomei and colleagues here. An experimental study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania links a specific procedure – embryo culture – that is part of the assisted reproduction[…]