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On this year’s field trip, Victor aims to better understand the mechanisms of symbiont uptake and how those compare to what he previously found with Aiptasia larvae in the lab. Luckily, there was a lot of spawning yesterday and he got coral larvae from three more distinct crosses. With a total of
Victor and Liz arrived in Okinawa at Sesoko Station right on time to catch the first Acropora digitifera spawning a few hours later. Several colonies produced plenty of gamete bundles, which were fertilized at a high rate of success to produce tens of thousands of larvae. So, together with the Acropora tenuis larvae from Friday night, spawning season is off with bang! More spawning is expected tonight and in the coming nights this week. After a few days of intense larval care, the larvae will be ready for experiments in a few days. The weather is definitely in the rainy season, with torrential downpours, but with such successful spawning already and more to come, spirits are high!
This year´s COS-Symposium “Genetics 2019: Old Questions and New Frontiers” was held on June 6-7. The line-up of the speaker was fantastic and so was the COS-Summer Party on Friday evening to conclude this exciting event. And on top of that: plenty of the Argentinian BBQ delights! What could be better?
Check it out: https://elifesciences.org/articles/43923
It´s hard to believe but after 6 years in the lab, Natascha is up for new endeavours in the Pfalz. Good luck with the new house and job!
The was the second joint Birzeit-EMBO YIP workshop, following a first molecular biology workshop held in 2010. The meeting was co-sponsored by Birzeit University and UCL’s Global Engagement fund. It was aimed to bring together a diverse group of international scientists with undergraduate students from Birzeit University and other Universities in Palestine to engage in scientific discussions and exchange. The scientific program was divided into four sessions, with talks by international speakers and local faculty, and a poster session where students presented their work. The opportunities for experimental research are rather limited in Palestine due to the lack of funding and infrastructure and many local projects rely on theoretical work. Thus, the idea was to focus on the physics of living systems, which involves both theory and experiment. The ultimate goal was to inspire participating undergraduate students to extend their scientific education bridging theory and experiments in Palestine and abroad.
EMBO sponsors two summer fellowships for Palestinian students who wish to carry out a project in an EMBO YIP lab in 2019 or 2020.
The decoration for this year´s COS-Party was stunning and so were many costumes. It´s hard to imagine that it could get any better. But let´s wait for 2020. In case its not obvious: we represent a fluorescent fungus…
Bob Goldstein and colleagues just published a wonderful open access Cold Spring Harbor Protocols issue summarizing the available toolkit for tardigrades (Hypsibius exemplaris). Check it out!
Organized by Mansi Srivastava & Bob Goldstein, the special interest subgroup Emerging Model Systems is again represented at this year´s ASCB | EMBO Meeting held in San Diego from December 8-12. A great line of topics and speakers, ranging from Arash Komeilo (Berkeley) talking about organelle biology in bacteria, Anne Brunet (Stanford) explaining aging and diapause in killifish to the analysis of host-microbe interaction in the Hawaiian bobtail squid presented by Spencer Nyholm (University of Connecticut) will bring the session to live on Saturday, December 8th.