Why is stupidity in scientific research important?

As relevant today as it was 11 years ago, Martin Schwartz’s essay on the importance of stupidity in scientific research has reached over 1 million people to date.

In an excerpt of his 2008 Journal of Cell Science essay, Martin’s message resonates as loudly now as it did then.

A successful back-up plan leads to publication

Hummingbird images captured during the experiment

In 2014, Dr Sridhar Ravi, University of New South Wales, received a Travelling Fellowship from Journal of Experimental Biology. Using the grant, he visited labs run by Professor Andrew Biewener and Professor Stacey Combes in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Although the original experiments didn’t quite go to plan, the team’s back-up plan was a success and earlier this year a paper based on the data from the trip was published.

New imaging approach unveils a bigger picture

As intelligent problem-solvers and devious escape artists with the ability to change colour, skin texture and shape, octopuses have captured the minds of researchers for good reason. Hydrostats make up the octopus’ most well-known feature, its eight arms. These muscular structures lack skeletal support, which provides octopuses with a high degree of flexibility that is visible in their ability to explore and manipulate small objects. 

Putting forces under the microscope with a Travelling Fellowship

The three-dimensional mechanical forces generated during the activation of T lymphocytes have been quantified at unprecedented spatiotemporal resolution. To do so, Postdoctoral Researcher Huw Colin-York from the Fritzsche Group, which studies Biophysical Immunology at the University of Oxford, travelled to the laboratory of Prof Dong Li at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biophysics, Beijing, courtesy of a Travelling Fellowship from the Journal of Cell Science.

Workshop – Evo-Chromo

The Company of Biologists Workshop ‘Evo-Chromo: Towards an Integrative Approach of Chromatin Dynamics Across Eukaryotes’ took place at Wiston House, West Sussex, UK, from 4 to 7 November 2018.

Read & Publish at The Company of Biologists

There’s no doubt that Open Access is shaping the future of academic publishing. A number of changes are on the horizon, with publishers, authors and institutions all responding to new guidelines.

The Company of Biologists is embracing this move with a series of pilot Read & Publish Agreements with leading consortia and academic institutions. But, what exactly are they?

Anti-ageing in the Greenland Shark

The Greenland Shark, Somniosus microcephalus, has remarkable longevity and is the longest-living vertebrate known to science. The decline of shorter-lived species involves the loss of DNA integrity via the loss of DNA repair mechanisms. The longevity of the Greenland Shark suggests resilience to this age-related functional decline.

To test the hypothesis that Greenland Shark DNA is unique in this respect, Pierre Delaroche travelled from Dr Holly Shiels’ lab at the University of Manchester to the University of Copenhagen’s Arctic Station on Disko Island in Greenland with Professor John Fleng Steffensen. 

Workshop – Chromatin-Based Regulation of Development

The Company of Biologists Workshop ‘Chromatin-Based Regulation of Development’ took place at Wiston House, West Sussex (UK) between 14 -17 April 2019.

Organised by Benoit Bruneau and Joanna Wysocka, the workshop fostered an open

Photoimmunotherapy – shedding a new light on glioblastoma treatment

Dr. Malgorzata Kucinska in the lab

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a grade IV brain tumor, is the most common malignant primary brain cancer in adults. Patients with GBM have a poor prognosis following standard therapy, with a 5-year survival rate of only 3-5%. Although novel therapies against GBM have been tested, the standard care has remained unaltered for over 15 years.

What happens at a Journal Meeting organised by The Company of Biologists?

From stem cells to human development group

Who better to tell you than someone who has been to one? Antonio Barral Gil, a PhD student in Miguel Manzanare’s Lab at CNIC (The Spanish Center for Cardiac Research) in Madrid, attended Development’s Meeting “From stem cells to human development” in September 2018.

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