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Ernst Haeckel and the recapitulation of an “early” biological debate

Posted by on December 8th, 2010

Scientists don’t spend free time to think about the changes that made possible the birth of a new way to make research. For example, how we moved from a world driven by religious and philosophical beliefs to a world demanding explanations and mechanisms? Ernst Haeckel was one of the scientists who made that change possible[…]

3rd Latin America Course in ES cells and Development

Posted by on November 19th, 2010

The 3rd Latin America Course on ES cells and Development will be in Cuernavaca, Mexico. It provides extensive hands-on experience and an incredible line-up of speakers. The course can take up to 8 UK PhD students, post-docs, or young investigators, and it is fully funded. Please visit: http://www.escellslatinamerica.org/ (No Ratings Yet)Loading…

Making life out of noise: “Stochasticity in cell and developmental processes”. Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 17-20 October, 2010. Organized by The Company of Biologists.

Posted by on October 28th, 2010

I always travel with my suitcase packed with genes. Airports, planes and trains offer me the only instances where I find two hours solid of work, and they (genes) are then my best companions. However, in my discipline – developmental biology – it seems lately that, by simply analysing more genes, we are not getting[…]

BSDB-BSCB Meeting Report Part III

Posted by on July 10th, 2010

Here is the final part of my meeting report on the BSDB-BSCB Spring Conference this April in Warwick. In the first part, I covered some of the talks on transcriptional regulation, and in part two I gave a brief overview on recent attempts to decipher large-scale transcription factor networks. In this final part I will[…]

Stem cells and developmental biology: old friends meet again…or did they ever part ways?

Posted by on June 30th, 2010

Ahhh the Node, my favourite part of the embryo: nice cup shape you can lie back in and get a whirly cilia massage…. OK, on with the post. So it seems that everyone is working on stem cells now. They’re all the rage. Students come through for a rotation and ask “do you work on[…]

Developing science in a far country: the paradoxes of life …

Posted by on June 16th, 2010

I am from Chile, a country located along the extreme southwestern coast of South America, a beautiful land of happy and courageous people, with an admirable geography however from time to time, some naturally events remind us how small is  our human scale compared with the Mother Earth that gave us life, (“we are children of[…]