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July 31, 2018

Dicty in the News: Bacteria carried as food within Dictyostelium discoideum are protected by a lectin coat. Reported in ScienceNews, and recently published by Dinh and colleagues in Science with comments by co-author Adam Kuspa.

July 19, 2018

Dicty2018: A list of currently registered people is available here. Please check if all your information has been correctly processed and email the organizers if corrections are needed.

May 14, 2018

Thierry Soldati is amongst 62 life scientists elected to EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation) this year. New EMBO members. Congratulations Thierry!

April 24, 2018

Thomas Williams, who graduated and now is a post-doc in Rob Kay's lab, recently first authored a paper in JCS. In addition, JCS chose him to be First Person, a series of interviews with selected first authors, helping early-career researchers promote themselves alongside their papers. Here you can read Tom's insightful interview.

February 13, 2018

After Northwestern moved our servers from one campus to the other recently our Blast from the Front - and all Gene Pages, as well as the Genome Browser (including snapshot on gene page) are down. We and Northwestern IT staff are working on the problem. Meanwhile for Blast use the Genome Server, the Blast server which is available from the other genome sites we house. Thanks for your patience!

February 07, 2018

Dicty in the News: New evidence using Dictyostelium discoideum suggests a role for curcumin and related compounds in the treatment of cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Reported in Medical Xpress with comments from Professor Robin SB Williams.

January 29, 2018

We are happy to announce that Eric Hartline has joined the dictyBase team. Eric is working with us on user interface and software development.

January 23, 2018

Dicty in the News: New research shows that plague bacterium Yersinia pestis can survive and replicate within Dictyostelium discoideum, potentially explaining how the plague can remain dormant for years before unexpectedly re-emerging. Reported in LiveScience and EurekAlert. Recently published by Markman and colleagues in Emerging Infect. Dis.

December 11, 2017

Dicty Stock Center: The DSC will be closed from Friday, December 22 until Monday January 1, 2018, coinciding with the closure of Northwestern University over the holidays. The DSC will be open for business again on January 2, 2018.

November 27, 2017

DSC orders: Because of the upcoming end of year holidays we would like to ask you to please adhere to the following December 2017 deadlines for your orders:
Order Strains by Monday, December 11
Order Plasmids by: Monday, December 18
Thank you!

September 14, 2017

Gene page access: Gene page issue has been fixed and it works in Chrome, versions 60 and higher. In case of loading issue, please clear up the browser cache and reload the page.

September 12, 2017

Gene page access: We have determined that gene pages fail to load in Chrome, versions 60 and higher, and users have reported that gene pages also do not open in Opera. Gene pages continue to load in other browsers and in older versions of Chrome. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage users to report problems accessing the gene page.

June 12, 2017

Dicty Stock Center: Please join us in welcoming Olivia Martin in the DSC, who will succeed Lina Fouad. Lina's tenure with us will end mid July, guaranteeing a smooth transition. Also, Julio Montiel, the student helping out part time, will continue working in the DSC with Olivia for the coming year.

April 18, 2017

Dicty in the News: Dicty eat bacteria that are usually protected by biofilm. Researchers in Madison, WI, found that biofilm does not protect bacteria against various Dictyosteliids. Recently published by Filutowicz and colleagues in Protist.

February 27, 2017

Dicty in the News: Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University are working to engineer Dictyostelium cells to respond to and eat bacteria that are dangerous to humans. Reported in the Baltimore Sun, and including comments from Doug Robinson and Pablo Iglesias.

December 14, 2016

Dicty in the News: Dictyostelium researchers publish new hypothesis on the formation of macropinocytic cups: pubmed reference from Veltmann et al.; reported in LMB news.

December 12, 2016

Dicty Stock Center: The DSC will be closed for the holidays from December 23rd, 2016 to January 2nd 2017. To receive items before Christmas, please order strains by Wednesday, December 14th, and plasmids by Monday, December 19th. All items ordered after these dates or during the holidays will be processed starting on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Thank you for your understanding and Happy Holidays!

November 28, 2016

The 2017 Dicty Meeting near Geneva has been officially announced and a meeting website is available. We also updated our conference site.

September 1, 2016

Dicty Stock Center: Please join us in welcoming Julio Montiel, who recently started working part time in the DSC. Julio succeeds Shireen Malik, who went back to school full time. We thank Shireen for her excellent contributions to the DSC and wish her the best in her new endeavors.

August 17, 2016

Dicty in the News: Curious about the Amoeba Olympics? Read how it works here .

June 30, 2016

Dicty World Race 2016: Registration is open for this year's Dicty World Race, to be held on October 26, 2016. Register your team or sign up for news at: Dicty World Race 2016

May 27, 2016

Dicty Stock Center: Please join us in welcoming Lina Fouad to her full time position in the Dicty Stock Center! Lina will work with part time employee Shireen Malik, who stays with us through July. Kerry Sheppard, who filled the position until last September left, and we wish her well for her future endeavours. Feel free to sumit to the DSC again, but please let us know when you plan to send materials.

May 26, 2016

Dicty in the News: Science Daily has a nice article highlighting how directional movement is regulated, originally published by Arjan Kortholt, Rick Firtel, and others.

April 12, 2015

In situ hybridization data: In response to recent requests, we want to alert users that the In situ Expression Pattern links available on some gene pages are not working. Please note that this data is currently available at the NBDC-LSDB website. We apologize for this inconvenience and intend to restore these links, but this will probably not be accomplished until after our database overhaul.

April 4, 2016

Dicty Stock Center: Payments for Dicty Stock charges are now possible by secure online credit card payments! Please see complete and updated DSC payment information on this page.

March 15, 2016

Dicty in the News: A recent paper by Zhang, Zhuchenko shows that Dictyostelium discoideum produce extracellular nets that can kill bacteria, just as phagocytes in people and other higher animals do. Related news articles appear in The Scientist, EurekAlert and Science Daily.

News Archive

This week's new papers

Xiong, Fischer, Karow, Muller, Me?ling & Eichinger (2018) 'ATG16 mediates the autophagic degradation of the 19S proteasomal subunits PSMD1 and PSMD2.' Eur. J. Cell Biol. :

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