A stimulating trip to study some novel neurons

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2 February 2022

Every time we eat, from hurried snacks to three-course meals, our oesophagus gets to work and delivers the food from our mouths to our stomachs. We usually take this process for granted, but have you ever wondered how it happens so smoothly?

Celebrating 25 years of Development’s zebrafish special issue

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21 January 2022

In the 1990s, researchers performed the first large-scale genetic mutagenesis screens in zebrafish. They were led by Professor Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard in Tübingen, Germany, and Professor Wolfgang Driever in Boston, USA. This huge effort resulted in 37 research articles, which were published together in a special issue of Development. These articles described hundreds of different mutants with phenotypes that affected almost every tissue in the developing fish.

A rapid response: how the FASEB conference on Calcium and Cell Function moved online

A meeting poster advertising the FASEB conference

16 December 2021

When Professors Barbara Niemeyer and Nicolas Demaurex agreed to organise the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) conference on Calcium and Cell Function, little did they know how adaptive they would need to be. As the coronavirus pandemic rumbled on, it became increasingly clear that they would need to make some tough decisions about how their meeting was to go ahead.

Two Travelling Fellowships to study ageing in a long-lived shark

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22 November 2021

The Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) is a vast creature, reaching up to five metres long. The shark grows very slowly but can reach this impressive size because it is also incredibly long-lived, with reports of some sharks living for up to 400 years.

A tribute to Dr Richard Skaer

9 August 2021

Dr Richard Skaer dedicated much of his career to the success of The Company of Biologists. It is with great sadness that we learned of his passing on 5 June 2021.

Reunited: the lung research community’s return to in-person conferences

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27 January 2022

For Dr Anne-Karina Perl, an associate professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, November 2021 was truly uplifting. Almost two years into the coronavirus pandemic, she was finally heading to an in-person meeting in the form of the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Lung Development, Injury and Repair. Even more significantly, this was a conference that she herself had coordinated, steering the meeting through the uncertainties of the pandemic with the help of Dr Daniel Tschumperlin, Dr Rory Morty, and Dr Xin Sun.

All three journals exceed their Transformative Journal targets for OA growth

4 January 2022

For 2021, Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology exceeded their targets for Open Access growth.

Reasons to apply for a funded place at one of our Workshops

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9 December 2021

The Company of Biologists organises Workshops that bring together leading experts and early-career researchers from a range of scientific backgrounds. The coronavirus pandemic didn’t dampen our enthusiasm, and we invested in online conferencing platforms which allowed us to host virtual Workshops in 2020/21. With in-person Workshops back for 2022, we thought it would be a good opportunity to explain what makes these events so valuable, particularly for early-career researchers.

Democratising access to research – our long-standing commitment to Open Access publishing

Last updated 15 July 2022

The scholarly communication landscape has changed profoundly over the past two decades, with a profusion of new publishing and subscription models from commercial and not-for-profit publishers. The increasing importance of Open Access (OA) – making research immediately and freely available to all – has presented challenges as well as opportunities for libraries, funding organisations, publishers and researchers alike.

Pre-pandemic meetings: The 32nd Head Group Meeting

Successful applicants for one of our Meeting Grants are asked to submit a short report about the event after it has taken place. We always enjoy reading the reports as we can find out about all the incredible science taking place thanks to our financial support.

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