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Young Embryologist Meeting 2012 (YEM:2012)

Posted by on February 29th, 2012

  4th Young Embryologist Meeting Friday 1st June 2012 UCL Institute of Child Health, London   Registration and Abstract Submission NOW OPEN (until March 31st)       The 4th Young Embryologist Meeting (YEM:2012) will take place on the 1st of June 2012 in the Kennedy Lecture Theatre at UCL’s Institute of Child Health, London.[…]

A wave from Quintay

Posted by on January 31st, 2012

The International course on Developmental Biology was a great experience, both instructive and mind-opening. All the students were shuttled to the remote and very small fishing village of Quintay, where the CIMARQ, the investigation centre where the course took place, is located. Originally a whaling station, this centre is dedicated to the instruction of professionals[…]

Eye-ing the body electric

Posted by on December 20th, 2011

How do you make an eye? One early trigger for eye formation in Xenopus, as a new Development paper from Michael Levin’s lab shows, is a small change in bioelectric signals. In fact, that trigger alone is enough to induce eye development in other parts of the body. In an experiment that measured regions of[…]

Mapping the cardiac neural crest in the frog’s heart

Posted by on April 27th, 2011

The Node’s staff asked me to write a short “behind the scenes” on our paper just released in the May 15 issue of Development, “Cardiac neural crest is dispensable for outflow tract septation in Xenopus” http://dev.biologists.org/lookup/doi/10.1242/dev.061614 In the summer of 2008 when Dr. Young-Hoon Lee joined my laboratory from Chonbuk National University for a sabbatical[…]

Young Embryologist Meeting 2011 (YEM:2011)

Posted by on February 15th, 2011

The Young Embryologist Meeting 2011 will be held at King’s College London on May 6th, 2011.

Protocol: Rehydrating embryos once fixed and dehydrated…

Posted by on July 9th, 2010

Does anyone know a protocol for rehydrating embryos once stored in methanol?  I’m working with Xenopus laevis embryos which have been fixed using formaldehyde.  Some lab wisdom passed down is “wash into a 50:50 solution of 1xPBS and methanol; then into 1xPBS; then into methanol again (which we’re a bit confused by); then into 50:50[…]

In Development, Vol 137 (Issue 14)

Posted by on June 23rd, 2010

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development. You can find these on the Development site but we thought it would be useful to have them posted on the Node, too. Brainy signals for actin dynamics During brain development, neurite outgrowth and neuronal migration establish the brain architecture needed for brain function.[…]