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BSDB Gurdon/The Company of Biologists 2019 Summer Studentship Report – Grace Blakeley

Posted by on January 15th, 2020

Established by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]

BSDB Gurdon/The Company of Biologists 2019 Summer Studentship Report – Franklin Lo

Posted by on January 14th, 2020

Established by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]

The people behind the papers – Daniel Osório, Elaine Chan, Joana Saramago and Ana Carvalho

Posted by on January 13th, 2020

This interview, the 73rd in our series, was recently published in Development.  Animal cytokinesis is driven by an actomyosin ring that assembles at the cell equator and constricts to physically separate the two daughters. Although myosin is known to be essential for cytokinesis in multiple systems, whether this requirement reflects its motor or actin crosslinking activities has[…]

What might evolutionary muscle loss and pathological atrophies have in common?

Posted by on January 8th, 2020

By Mai P. Tran and Kimberly L. Cooper “It’s the cutest rodent I have ever seen, even cuter than a cuddly hamster, and it would be fun doing a rotation for the opportunity to work with this animal.” That was my thought, as a first-year graduate student, when I first heard Kim present her research on[…]

the Node’s 2019 highlights

Posted by on January 7th, 2020

A new year is a good opportunity to look back on the one just passed, and whether you’re a Node regular or new to us, this selection of our 2019 highlights will hopefully be of interest, particularly if you’re interested in contributing something and looking for inspiration. We are a community site for and by[…]

December in preprints

Posted by on January 3rd, 2020

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  Here’s the last cache of preprints of 2019 – happy preprinting in 2020! They were hosted on bioRxiv and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything. Use these links to get to the section you want:   Developmental biology | Patterning & signalling | Morphogenesis & mechanics | Genes[…]

Genetics Unzipped – Icons of evolution

Posted by on January 2nd, 2020

Kat Arney explores the myths and misconceptions behind two of the most iconic images in evolutionary biology.

12 GIFs of Christmas 2019

Posted by on December 20th, 2019

In keeping with a time-honoured tradition, we recently flooded Twitter with 12 beautiful developmental biology GIFs. They came from papers published this year and feature all kinds of systems and visual styles – here they are for posterity! Let us know your favourite in the comments Whole-embryo developmental imaging of zebrafish spinal cord neurogenesis From[…]

New Light on Old Britons – podcasts from the 2019 Galton Institute symposium

Posted by on December 19th, 2019

Who were the ancient Britons? And what can modern genetic and archaeological techniques tell us about their lives and loves?

The fair winds of science: LASDB 2019 in Buenos Aires

Posted by on December 18th, 2019

The Latin American Society for Developmental Biology was founded almost two decades ago and has become a vital hub for researchers across the region. Its biennial meetings bring the community together and also attract leading researchers based elsewhere. At the end of October this year the meeting was held in Buenos Aires, the grand old[…]