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Xine Volume 6 issue 1

Xine Volume 6 issue 1 - January 2006

Dear Colleagues:

Happy New Year and welcome to Xine, the source for Xenopus news and information. Here's what's happening...

April 1 - 11, 2006
Application Deadline: January 15, 2006

Janet Heasman & Christopher Wylie,
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation

The Cold Spring Harbor Xenopus course is an intensive 10 day training in Xenopus laevis and tropicalis husbandry, techniques and science, open to graduate students, post-docs and PIs The deadline for applications is mid January.

contact Janet Heasman at for more info

Xenopus is the leading vertebrate model for the study of gene function in development. The combination of lineage analysis, gene-knockout strategies, experimental manipulation of the embryo, and genomic/bioinformatic techniques, makes it ideal for studies on the molecular control of embryo patterning, morphogenesis and organogenesis. The course combines intensive laboratory training with daily lectures from recognized experts in the field. Students will learn both emerging technologies and classical techniques to study gene function in Xenopus development. An important element will be the informal interaction between students and course faculty.

Technologies to be covered will include: oocyte and embryo culture, lineage analysis and experimental manipulation of embryos, gain and loss of function analysis using mRNAs and antisense oligos, whole mount in situ hybridization, immunocytochemistry, RT-PCR, and genomic/bioinformatic techniques, preparation of transgenic embryos, and use of Xenopus tropicalis for genetic analyses. The Cell and Developmental Biology of Xenopus course is designed for those new to the Xenopus field, as well as for those wanting a refresher course in the emerging technologies. The course is open to investigators from all countries.

Additional lecturers in the 2006 course will include: Stefano Piccolo, Ray Keller, Tim Grammer, Carole LaBonne, Tim Mohun, Aaron Zorn and Matt Kofron.

This course is supported with funds provided by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Cost (including board and lodging): $2,505
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Grant news

The deadline is fast approaching for applications regarding Genetic and Genomic Analyses of Xenopus. This funding opportunity is a Program Announcement with a special Review (PAR); there is one receipt date per year for each of the next three years: January 18, 2006, 2007 & 2008. Applications received for each receipt date will be reviewed together in a study section convened specifically for them.

The details are described at

11th International Xenopus Meeting - 2006

Where: Kazusa Akademia Center (Kazusa ARC; near to Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda International Airports
When: September 12-16, 2006
For more information:

The International Xenopus Meeting is held every two years and is the only meeting that brings together, from around the world,
researchers using Xenopus as a model system.

With Best Wishes,

The Organizing Committee

Makoto Asashima, Masanori Taira, and Naoto Ueno

Department of Life Sciences (Biology)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tokyo
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