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How to… Graphical Abstract

Posted by on October 27th, 2020

In my visual communication classes students increasingly want to learn how to make  graphical abstracts. Below I summarized a few key points What are Graphical abstracts? Graphical abstracts are increasingly common to explain biomedical concepts and research results. “Summary slides” have been for long been used in talks or lectures. Today, graphical abstracts are omnipresent[…]

Genetics Unzipped: The Past, Present and Future of the Human Genome Project

Posted by on October 22nd, 2020

In this episode we bring you an in-depth interview with Dr Eric Green, director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute and one of the key instigators of the Human Genome Project, to talk about the past, present and future of human genomics.

Meeting Report: From Stem Cells to Human Development

Posted by on October 21st, 2020

Mustafa Güven gives a student’s perspective on Development’s recent virtual meeting: From Stem Cells to Human Development. Below the piece you’ll also find Mustafa’s Turkish translation of the report. For a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the meeting, go here. As a fourth-year medical student from Van, Turkey, I have witnessed birth and death on[…]

Looking to crustaceans to understand insect wing evolution

Posted by on October 19th, 2020

The wings of vertebrates, like birds and bats, emerged relatively recently, and we understand that these wings evolved from forelimbs. Even for the mythological dragon there seems to be a consensus (at least in recent depictions) that their wings are also derived from their forelimbs. Insects, however, possess both wings AND limbs on their winged[…]

#DevBiolWriteClub on the Node, Post #2:

Posted by on October 18th, 2020

In my first post a few months back, I talked about the need for working scientists to create new habits of mind by practicing the craft of being a writer.  Since then, I took my own advice.  I abandoned Twitter, helped folks in the lab to get five papers into the BioRxiv, and finally finished[…]

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: CRISPR/Cas technology

Posted by on October 12th, 2020

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, last week saw the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work on the CRISPR/Cas system. It’s hard to believe that it was only 8 or so years ago that they – along with their colleagues Martin Jinek, Krzysztof Chylinski and others[…]

Traditional Embryology with Modern Imaging Approaches: Investigating Morphogenetic Feedback on Pattern Formation

Posted by on October 9th, 2020

Timothy Fulton, Vikas Trivedi, Andrea Attardi & Benjamin Steventon As developmental biologists, we often find ourselves carefully looking at developing embryos as they undertake a dramatic and fascinating task: making a complex organism out of a few initial embryonic cells. On the other hand, for engineers, building complex structures out of simple constituent parts under[…]

Development presents… October webinar videos

Posted by on October 8th, 2020

Videos have now been taken down.   Yesterday over two hundred people from all over the wall tuned in to the first instalment of Development presents…, Development’s new webinar series. For those who missed it, here you can watch the talks, plus their following Q&A sessions moderated by Development Editor-in-Chief and webinar chair James Briscoe.[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: From Philadelphia to Baltimore: Tales of Chromosomes, Cancer Cells and Henrietta Lacks

Posted by on October 8th, 2020

In this episode we’re taking a road trip from Philadelphia to Baltimore, exploring stories of chromosomal cut-and-paste, cancer cures and Henrietta Lacks’ incredible cancer cells.

Development presents… A new developmental biology webinar series

Posted by on October 2nd, 2020

Updated 2 October We’ve had over 400 registrations already! For those attending, this post has been updated with an order of play for the day, and the webinar homepage has also been updated with a How To for Remo, our browser-based conference software – no download needed!     Development presents… is a new webinar[…]