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Delineating the making of an embryo

Posted by on September 15th, 2020

By Hanna L. Sladitschek and Pierre A. Neveu   Our body consists of a multitude of highly specialized tissues: the neurons in our retina seem to have little in common with the glandular cells in the intestine or our muscle fibers. Yet nothing hints at that complexity at the time of conception, when the genomes[…]

Mayflies: an emergent model to investigate the evolution of winged insects

Posted by on September 11th, 2020

Winged insects are the most diverse and numerous group of animals on Earth. This great diversity has been possible thanks to the acquisition of novel morphologies and lifestyles. How the changes in their genomes contributed to the appearance and evolution of these traits is key to understand how this lineage adapted and conquered the huge[…]

Spotlight on Neuroscience: Explore new ways to light up your research

Posted by on September 10th, 2020

A lot is changing in our world, but your research can not and will not stop! With this aim, “Spotlight on Neuroscience: Exploring new ways of to light up your research” has been organized to bring together key leaders in the neuroscience field for a series of live talks, Q&As and latest on-demand webinars. Taking place[…]

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[…]