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Cancer Research UK’s Children and Young People’s Innovation Awards

Posted by on October 11th, 2019

Cancer Research UK have launched two funding calls to drive progress in our understanding of paediatric cancers. We would like to encourage proposals to investigate one or more of the following concepts- The basis of tumour initiation and progression Novel therapeutic approaches Development of novel biomarkers or methodologies to predict disease progression, to enhance efforts[…]

The people behind the papers – Qiang Zhu, Marçal Gallemí and Eva Benková

Posted by on October 10th, 2019

This interview, the 69th in our series, was recently published in Development.  The apical hook is a transient structure that functions to protect the vulnerable apical meristem from damage when the seedling penetrates the soil. Although some of the molecular players regulating its development have been identified, many aspects have remained opaque, including how an early auxin[…]

Genetics Unzipped – Exploring the poop-ome, from microbiomes to metagenomics

Posted by on October 10th, 2019

We’re getting our hands dirty by delving into the poop-ome – the trillions of bacteria that live inside our guts and make up what’s known as the microbiome.

Features & Reviews Editor on Journal of Cell Science

Posted by on October 9th, 2019

Journal of Cell Science, published by The Company of Biologists, is seeking enthusiastic and motivated applicants for the role of Features & Reviews Editor. Joining an experienced and successful team, including Editor-in-Chief Michael Way, this is an exciting opportunity for a talented scientific editor to make a significant contribution to an important journal in the[…]

The story behind the cover: Annabel Ebbing’s worm art

Posted by on October 9th, 2019

Development covers showcase the beauty of developmental biology. Embryos, tissues and cells are rendered in striking colour palettes and artistic arrangements. We mainly receive confocal image submissions but sometimes also EM and standard light microscopy. And sometimes, art – like our most recent cover, a schematic overview of C. elegans created by Annabel Ebbing, PhD student in Hendrik Korswagen’s lab at the[…]

Development Special Issue: The Origins and Mechanisms of Developmental Disorders

Posted by on October 3rd, 2019

Development invites you to submit your latest research for our upcoming special issue: The Origins and Mechanisms of Developmental Disorders. This issue will be coordinated by two guest editors: Sally Dunwoodie and John Wallingford. Developmental disorders are among the most lethal diseases of childhood, and this recent decade has witnessed significant advances in our understanding of their genetic and environmental[…]

September in preprints

Posted by on October 2nd, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints.  In recent preprint news, CSHL, which runs bioRxiv, launched Transparent Review in Preprints (TRiP), a new project enabling journals and peer review services to post peer reviews of submitted manuscripts. In linked news EMBO Press and ASAPbio launched  Review Commons, a platform that peer-reviews research manuscripts in[…]

250-million-year-old evolutionary remnants seen in muscles of human embryos

Posted by on October 1st, 2019

Press release from Development. A team of evolutionary biologists, led by Dr. Rui Diogo at Howard University, USA, and writing in the journal Development, have demonstrated that numerous atavistic limb muscles – known to be present in many limbed animals but usually absent in adult humans – are actually formed during early human development and then[…]

Down from the crest to clear the dead

Posted by on September 30th, 2019

Yunlu Zhu & Sarah Kucenas   Introduction Cells are the building blocks of life. However, in multi-cellular organisms, millions of cells are subject to death due to injury, infection and ordinary cell turnover (Galluzzi et al., 2018). For example, epithelial cells in the small intestine rapidly renew every 2 to 6 days in most mammals,[…]

The serpent’s maw: mouth function and the dynamics of Hydra regeneration

Posted by on September 30th, 2019

One of the biggest open questions in biology is how organisms can form complex patterns (limbs, organs, entire body plans) from initially disordered or very simple states. Every animal does this at the beginning of its life, forming its full complexity from a single cell. Some are capable of similar feats even after their bodies[…]