The Fly Saga: How Drosophila Became the Queen of Genetics

The importance and use of the Drosophila sp. as an animal model has revolutionized the field of genetics and molecular biology. In 1909, T.H. Morgan used the fruit flies for the first time in his laboratory. Since that day many milestone discoveries have been made in the field Continue reading The Fly Saga: How Drosophila Became the Queen of Genetics

How to find the right mentor for you

By Claudia Bonfio, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

I always thought that being a Postdoc was going to be better and easier than being a PhD student. And this was my feeling when I enthusiastically packed my life in a suitcase and moved to Cambridge from Italy, ready for my new postdoctoral adventure. My dream was then to become a group leader in a top university. It took me about 2 weeks in my new Postdoc life to understand that I was completely wrong. It was not better or easier. I felt completely lost, with no clues about what my future in research would be.

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Top 10 tips for applying to a lab-based PhD

By Nicola Faramarzi, University of Westminster

Applying for a PhD can be tough. It is unlike other types of job applications and often candidates are not prepared for or aware of the desired formalities involved. Particularly for lab-based PhDs, sending a generic CV and personal statement just will not do.

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