Going to Friday Harbor Labs for a meeting is much like going to summer camp, but with science. The Northwest Developmental Biology Conference always promises lots of awesome cellular, molecular, and developmental biology. Talks throughout the days and poster sessions (aka happy hours complete with snack and drinks) each evening are followed by late night […]
Our Developmental Biology Image Contest was an absolute success with nearly 300 people voting for their favorite image. To remind you what the images were, here’s a recap of the entries. And the winners were…H for the staining patterns of the developing jaws and E for a typical example of a wild-type ~1 day old […]
This year the students in Developmental Biology at Reed College have outdone themselves! We have 9 fantastic entries. Please let us know which one is your favorite by clicking here to vote for your favorite image. You’ll help the lucky recipient win a prize! All of these images are the result of student research in […]
Here is a sample of some recent results from manipulating frog and fish embryos in our Developmental Biology class. Students are honing their fine motor skills and their understanding of embryo development, moving tissues and cells from one embryo to another.
The best part of being a biologist is working with living organisms. And the worst part of being a biologist is working with living organisms, especially when you want them to reproduce on a particular schedule. While teaching about induction of germ layers and the symmetry breaking events associated with axis formation and gastrulation, I […]
Developmental biology is all about context. It studies when, where, and to what extent are genes expressed in a developing organism. Molecular biology is all manipulation. It uses molecular scissors and glue to cut and paste pieces of genetic information to uncover a gene’s function. This fly is the classic example of how developmental biology […]
How I love teaching about body plan development and the genetic basis of developmental biology! Fly embryos are really amazing little things (if only I could have gotten past my innate repulsion toward fruit flies, I would have been a fruit fly developmental biologist in a heartbeat…thank goodness for zebrafish). Last week in lab, my […]