August 08, 2014

9:02 PM | Rat moms’ behavior reflected in their babies’ brains
Grooming, nursing and other maternal behaviors cause brain signal changes in offspring, a study in rats finds.

August 07, 2014

9:37 AM | An evolving field- notes from the European Evo Devo meeting
Coming from a cell biology background, one of the most exciting things about attending developmental biology conferences for me is the range of (unusual) model organisms used in this field. So when the opportunity arose to go to this year’s European Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo-Devo) meeting in Vienna, I was very keen to attend (although […]
8:35 AM | Do you want to visit a collaborators lab? Apply for a travelling fellowship!
Are you a postdoc or student planning to visit a collaborators lab? Then apply for a Development travelling fellowship! You can be awarded up to £2,500 (or currency equivalent) to offset travel costs and expenses, and there are no restrictions on nationality. Find out more by visiting the travelling fellowships website. The next deadline is the 31st of August. […]

August 06, 2014

1:06 PM | Summer Opportunity – Write a Hazard Factsheet
We’re currently looking for some students on their summer break (or PhD students/recent graduates) to help us write factsheets on hazards in specific countries. Countries we are interested in include the Philippines, Nicaragua, Afghanistan, Columbia and Peru. As these factsheets will be reviewed, formatted, printed and sent to NGOs – this is a great opportunity to […]
12:53 PM | Donaciones de cerebros y la investigación en el autismo: lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo
Durante los últimos meses he tenido una agenda de viajes bastante agitada que me ha hecho pasar una cantidad significativa de tiempo ya sea en el aeropuerto o en un […]
11:38 AM | Out with the old, in with the new: reassessing morpholino knockdowns in light of genome editing technology
This Spotlight article was written by Stefan Schulte-Merker and Didier Y. R. Stainier, and was first published in Development.   Morpholino oligomers have been used widely and for many years in the zebrafish community to transiently knock down the function of target genes. It has often been difficult, however, to reliably discriminate between specific and non-specific effects, and thus generally accepted guidelines […]
11:10 AM | In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 16)
Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   PCP signalling is dispensable for neural crest migration The neural crest (NC) is a transient and migratory population of cells that gives rise to a variety of cell types. During development, NC cells delaminate from the neural tube in a process that is closely […]

August 04, 2014

8:55 PM | Challenging an old stem cell dogma
Science teachers usually say that science progresses by challenging old dogmas. In the stem cell field, there is a dogma saying that some blood stem cells in the bone marrow stay quiescent (do not divide) for long periods of time. This way, they avoid DNA damage and malignant mutations that could arise during DNA replication […]
8:27 PM | Creative morphometrics – so many tools, so little time
Nowadays, the hardest thing in science is similar to what we experience in daily life, that is organization and choice. In a virtual plethora of techniques, methods and analyses, an aspiring researcher is faced with a flood of information, achievements and tools of the trade. Especially so with computers. But if it wasn’t for this […]
12:50 PM | Ruth Christ Sullivan, Ph.D.: the other “Dr. Ruth”
Ruth Christ Sullivan stands as a testimony as to how much a person can achieve on behalf of their children. Without a doubt Ruth is a historical figure within the […]
11:31 AM | ‘‘Transit amplification in the cerebellum evolved via a heterochronic shift in NeuroD1 expression’’
They are a mouthful, paper titles, sometimes. This is exactly the sort of title that would have made me ignore it in the days when I worked on the evolution of Hox genes. But I now find myself frequently justifying to people who work on evolution why the nervous system deserves attention, and of justifying […]
9:46 AM | Obituary: Walter J. Gehring (1939-2014)
This obituary first appeared in Development. Also read other obituaries about Walter Gehring in Science, EMBO Journal and Developmental Cell.   Alex Schier looks back at the life and research of his graduate mentor and friend Walter Gehring.   Walter Gehring, one of the fathers of modern developmental biology, died on May 29th 2014 from the injuries sustained […]

August 02, 2014

11:09 AM | A consideration of mammalian dermal evolution.
  Hello everyone. My background is in systems engineering, and i have over forty years experience of building and trouble shooting mechanical/hydraulic systems. I have an interest in the evolution and function of biological systems, hence my involvement in this. I have no issues with the genetic basis of biology, but i am pretty sure […]
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