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Staying connected during the COVID19 pandemic

Posted by on May 21st, 2020

Among many other (many more important) things, pandemic times have meant an end to travel, which for the Development team means no conferences and no lab visits. For me personally, it’s meant cancelled trips to Shanghai, Kyoto, Washington and Chicago, and while I’m delighted to be keeping my carbon footprint down, I’m definitely missing the[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: From one generation to the next – the life and work of Dame Anne McLaren

Posted by on May 21st, 2020

Kat Arney reflects on the life and work of Dame Anne McLaren, one of the leading embryologists of the 20th century.

Getting involved in peer review

Posted by on May 19th, 2020

In pre-COVID19 times, back when conferences happened largely in person, early career researchers (ECRs) often asked me how they could get more direct invitations to be a reviewer. Peer review is a crucial part of the publishing ecosystem and therefore it’s not uncommon for group leaders to invite members of their lab to review articles[…]

Last chance to take our user survey

Posted by on May 19th, 2020

We’ve had a great response so far to our tenth birthday user survey, which we hope will guide us going forwards and give us ideas for how we can better serve the developmental biology and stem cell community. If you haven’t taken it yet, it closes Thursday midday BST. Even if you’re a less-than-occasional reader,[…]

Research Highlight #2: Blood stem cells heterogeneity arises from accessible chromatin

Posted by on May 18th, 2020

Hi there! Today’s highlight is focusing on a major question for the haematology community: what is causing blood stem cell heterogeneity? Please do not hesitate to let me know your thoughts in the comments here or on Twitter (@BioRugby)!   Highlight #2: Chromatin accessibility is the main source of heterogeneity in foetal haematopoiesis We have[…]

Cilia, Reissner Fiber and Crooked Spines

Posted by on May 18th, 2020

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of attending any scientific meeting is the privilege of becoming aware of novel research findings in our fields of interest, prior to their appearance in published literature – and this begins as soon as we have the abstract book in hand! Sitting in my hotel room in Suzhou, and browsing[…]

Shaping the embryo towards gastrulation

Posted by on May 13th, 2020

Kyprianou, C., Christodoulou, N., Hamilton, R.S. et al. Basement membrane remodelling regulates mouse embryogenesis. Nature (2020). doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2264-2 Morphogenesis is a complicated network of processes that involve cell shape changes, cell movements and division patterns. While these are part of the intricate game that gives rise to tissue shapes, there is another element that is now emerging[…]

Lockdown in Shanghai

Posted by on May 13th, 2020

This piece recently featured on The Company of Biologists’ WeChat Channel. For more information about our efforts to engage Chinese researchers, read Annabel Nicholson’s post from last month.     Dr Yi Zeng is a member of the Development Editorial Advisory Board and her lab at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology studies[…]

Call for papers

Posted by on May 12th, 2020

Chan, Z., Santella, L., Tuszynski, J. and Gordon, R. (eds.) (2020) Waves in Fertilization, Cell Division and Embryogenesis [special issue of BioSystems, In preparation] [WAVS].  https://www.journals.elsevier.com/biosystems/call-for-papers/waves-in-fertilization-cell-division-and-embryogenesis   Deadline changed to March 31, 2021 due to COVID-19. Papers will be published when approved. (No Ratings Yet)Loading…

Research Highlight #1: Inhibition of cell cycle regulators alters the EHT

Posted by on May 12th, 2020

Hello everyone! My name is Alessandro, I am a postdoc in love with science, stem cells and blood! I am also a big fan of the Node, The Company of Biologists generously granted me a travel grant back in 2016, that allowed me to discover the beautiful Cambridge (the old one). As the lockdown starts[…]