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An interview with Dawei Sun

16 November 2020

Dawei Sun has just finished his PhD in Dr Emma Rawlins’ lab at The Gurdon Institute here in Cambridge, UK. He has remained in the city with his wife for the duration of the pandemic. In the middle of the UK’s second lockdown we met him, virtually, to find out how he is doing, hear about the triumphs and tribulations of his PhD, and discuss his experience of studying in the UK.

A Travelling Fellowship unravels 3D chromatin structure

16 October 2020

Three-dimensional chromatin architecture is vital for cell functionality. In recent years, there’s been a marked increase in the effort to bridge the gap between transcription activity and 3D chromatin structure.

The mysterious case of the cassowary casque

15 October 2020

For biologists around the world, the UK’s Natural History Museum is one of the most significant icons in the field. Housing 80 million items spanning 4.5 billion years, the Museum first opened its doors in 1881 and is known as the leading centre of natural history and research in the world.

Behind the scenes of Development Meeting 2020: From Stem Cells to Human Development

5 October 2020

The Company of Biologists is well known for its Meetings and Workshops, which gather biologists from around the world to share, learn and collaborate. When COVID-19 hit, the Events Team knew they would have to start planning virtual events.

The Company of Biologists commits to the Transformative Journal approach

4 August 2020

The Company of Biologists is the first not-for-profit publisher to commit to this approach.

16 years of Open Access publishing: our OA journey

20 October 2020 (last updated 18 May 2021)

There has been a profound change in the scholarly communication landscape over the past two decades, with a profusion of new publishing and subscription models from commercial and not-for-profit publishers.

Five tips to make the most of a virtual meeting

15 October 2020

After the success of our Development Virtual Meeting 2020, ‘From Stem Cells to Human Development’, we’ve been thinking about how to get the most out of a virtual meeting.

A tribute to Professor Simon Maddrell

14 October 2020

Professor Simon Maddrell’s distinguished career has long been intertwined with the history of The Company of Biologists. It is with great sadness that we learned of his death in September.

A time of turmoil for young scientists

6 August 2020

Over the last few months, we’ve heard about lab shutdowns, cancelled fieldtrips and virtual PhD defences, but what about the students caught in the middle? 

A day in the life of a returning spider lab

14 July 2020

Alistair McGregor’s group at Oxford Brookes University, UK, uses Drosophila and the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum to understand how different shapes and sizes of animals evolve.

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