Cover ImageCover: Representatives of notable phyla in the evolution of the first nervous systems. Clockwise from top left: the ctenophore Pleurobrachia (photo credit: Leonid Moroz); the sea anemone Nematostella (photo credit: Eric Rottinger); sponge choanocytes (photo credit: Sally Leys); the scyphozoan jellyfish Cyanea (photo credit: Peter Anderson); the brain of an acoel worm (photo credit: Elena Perea-Atienza and Brenda Gavilán). Centre: a choanoflagellate colony (photo credit: Pawel Burkhardt).
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SPECIAL ISSUE: Evolution of the First Nervous Systems
ORIGINS OF THE ‘NEURONAL TOOL BOX’
Ether-à-go-go family voltage-gated K+ channels evolved in an ancestral metazoan and functionally diversified in a cnidarian–bilaterian ancestor
The role of G protein-coupled receptors in the early evolution of neurotransmission and the nervous system
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER – THE EMERGENCE OF NERVOUS SYSTEMS
The nervous system of Xenacoelomorpha: a genomic perspective
Meet the JEB Editors @ SEB 2023
Come and meet the JEB team at the Society for Experimental Biology centenary conference from 4-7 July in Edinburgh, UK. Visit exhibition stand 13/15 to pick up JEB centenary goodies, including our new ‘100 years of discovery’ T shirt, and join our Meet the JEB Editors event on Thursday 6 July at 12.30 at Platform 5 to find out more about the journal and chat to Editors including EiC Craig Franklin, Monitoring Editors Sanjay Sane, Trish Schulte and John Terblanche and the in-house News and Reviews team.
New funding schemes for junior faculty staff
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JEB@100: an interview with Monitoring Editor Katie Gilmour
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The Forest of Biologists
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Centenary Review - Adaptive echolocation behavior
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