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Understanding Birth Defects in the Genomic Age

Posted by on December 2nd, 2019

By Ashish Deshwar and Nicole Edwards Two weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend the Company of Biologists Workshop, “Understanding Birth Defects in the Genomic Age”. This workshop brought together a diverse collection of basic developmental biologists, human geneticists and clinicians to discuss the current challenges and opportunities in the field of birth defects[…]

BSDB Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship Report #29 – Rachel Wong

Posted by on December 19th, 2018

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 Summer Studentship Report #25 – Melissa Gomez

Posted by on December 18th, 2018

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 Zika Virus and Systematic Screens of Mouse Mutations

Posted by on July 14th, 2016

  This post was originally published on the DMDD blog.     The Zika virus has raised global awareness of birth defects more than at any time in the last 50 years [1]. A recent Nature Editorial explores the opportunities this presents to increase support for vaccination programmes, compulsory fortification of food staples and investment[…]

From our sister journals- December 2015

Posted by on December 17th, 2015

Here is some developmental biology-related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists.     A mouse model for tuberous sclerosis complex The authors present a mouse model for tuberous sclerosis complex in which the gene Tsc1  is ablated from eye-progenitor cells, leading to the classic hallmarks of the disease. This demonstrates a[…]

When Basic Science Intersects with Disease, and Patients

Posted by on May 29th, 2015

Developmental biologist Gabrielle Kardon, Ph.D., never thought that she would be explaining morphogenesis to patient support groups, but that’s where her science led her. And instead of shying away, she has embraced it. Completely. Kardon’s lab had focused mostly on the limb until her graduate student, Allyson Merrell, urged that they explore the diaphragm, of[…]