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April 27, 2015

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1:31 PM | Timothy Syndrome and Autism
Timothy syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant genetic disorder. Fewer than 20 cases have been reported worldwide. Symptoms are manifested early on in life and affected individuals tend to die […]
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11:06 AM | The science of the cat in your computer: our journey into crowdfunded sequencing of LilBUB
About a year ago – when spending some quality afterwork time on the Internet – me and my benchmate Dario stumbled upon LilBUB. If you’re an internet cat afficionado you’ve probably seen LilBUB around. She’s extremely cute and lovable, and she’s got something of a celebrity status. But, as developmental biologists, we were also intrigued by […]

April 25, 2015

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5:07 PM | Tragedy in the Himalaya – Largest Earthquake for 80 years in Nepal
Almost all of you will have seen the tragic news coming from Nepal. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the region between Pokhara and Kathmandu, with at least 1000 killed at the time of writing. This number is likely to go up in the coming hours and days as the true extent of the devastation becomes apparent. Here we note some recommend reading and news sources on the event: UNISDR blogs from 2012 and today, giving valuable background information on the disaster risk reduction progress […]

April 24, 2015

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1:08 PM | A response to NIH-RFI on funding policies and sustainability of biomedical research
Currently NIH has put out a request for information (RFI) to solicit input from the scientific community regarding “Optimizing Funding Policies and Other Strategies to Improve the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research”(NOT-OD-15-084). The deadline to submit a response is May 17th 2015. More information can be found at Rock Talk blog post. Response need […]

April 23, 2015

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2:35 PM | Young Embryologist’s Network Boston – Looking for speakers
The Young Embryologist’s Network is an organization in the UK - you may have seen the recent call for abstracts for the UK annual meeting - that is expanding to Boston! The aim of the first few Boston meetings is to bring together anyone with an interest in embryology and development to hear undergraduates, graduate […]
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11:11 AM | Question of the month- CRISPR technology
This week a group in China published a paper in Protein & Cell claiming to have genetically edited a human embryo using CRISPR technology. This paper is generating a lot of debate for many reasons, from the type of embryo used in the experiment, to where it was (or wasn’t) published. More broadly though, it forces us to think about […]

April 22, 2015

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4:12 PM | (Developmental) Biology around the internet- April 2015
Here is April’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet!   News & Research - There is a growing number of postdocs and not enough positions in academia. What is the future of the postdoc? Meanwhile, the MRC removed the number of postdoc years from their eligibility criteria for fellowship […]
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11:41 AM | El Autodiagnóstico de Autismo o Síndrome de Seinfeld
Hace unos meses, durante una entrevista con Brian Williams de NBC “Nightly News”, Jerry Seinfeld proclamó que en una escala muy amplia el caía dentro del espectro del autismo. Cuando […]

April 21, 2015

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7:52 PM | Science may get sidelined in artificial turf debate
Despite news reports about the potential harms of artificial turf, studies find synthetic fields have few health risks, although lead levels may be elevated in older fields.
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3:58 PM | England, embryos, and axial columns: a Travelling Fellowship connecting Chicago to Cambridge
Greetings from Chicago! My name is Kate Criswell and I am a graduate student at the University of Chicago, working with Dr. Mike Coates on axial column evolution and development in fishes. I just finished up a five-week visit, sponsored by the Development Travelling Fellowship, to the University of Cambridge to work with Dr. Andrew […]
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2:45 PM | Interview with Beddington Medal winner John Robert Davis
Each year, the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) awards the Beddington Medal to the best PhD thesis in developmental biology. The 2015 award went to John Robert Davis, who did his PhD with Brian Stramer at King’s College, London. We caught up with John at the BSCB/BSDB Spring meeting, where he gave a talk, […]
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1:36 AM | The 7th International EMT Meeting (Oct. 11-14, 2015; Melbourne, Australia)
The 7th International EMT Meeting will be held in Melbourne, Australia in October 2015. The meeting has been a key venue for bringing together developmental, cell and cancer biologists and has recently increased the presence of stem cell and modeling-related topics. Meeting name: TEMTIA-VII: The EMT (Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition) International Association Meeting VII Web Link: […]

April 20, 2015

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5:59 PM | Research Assistant in Developmental and Regenerative Medicine, University of Oxford
An experienced and meticulous Research Assistant is required to the join the Cardiovascular Development, Repair and Regeneration group led by Professor Paul Riley (in collaboration with Professor Tatjana Sauka-Spengler). The post is ideally suited for a candidate with an interest in developing a career that involves working at the interface of Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine, […]
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12:43 PM | NIMR Canvas -Patches from the developmental biologists at NIMR
The MRC National Institute for Medical Research has celebrated its centenary in 2014. On 1st April 2015 NIMR ceased to exist, as it became part of the new Francis Crick Institute. To commemorate this event, I proposed to produce a textile artwork as a lasting memento of NIMR. Each current research lab, support section and […]
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12:39 PM | BSDB nominations, a new prize and a history call
The BSDB committee invites self-nominations for a new post graduate representative. Please, include a short text (max. 1 page) explaining your motivation and intentions to serve on the committee. Deadline will be 1 June 2015. There will be a new BSDB women in science prize for mid-career female scientists (~ 15 years post PhD). Detailed […]
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11:42 AM | Schizophrenia and Autism: the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome
Many years ago I found myself reviewing the literature for childhood onset schizophrenia. I was planning on writing an article reporting the autopsy findings of three such cases that came […]
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11:25 AM | Final call for YEN:2015 abstracts! Deadline tomorrow (21st)!
7th Young Embryologist Network Annual General Meeting 15th May 2015 09:15-17:30 King’s College London Registration and abstract submission are now open!  Abstract submission closes TOMORROW!  The 7th Young Embryologist Network AGM aims to bring together developmental biologists from across the UK (and beyond) to discuss their work. This year is likely to be the largest […]

April 17, 2015

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9:18 AM | EGU15 Discussion: Geology and International Development
Yesterday, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna played host to an informal discussion on ‘best practice’ when working in the global South. Organised by Geology for Global Development, the event gave people an opportunity to reflect on the skills and practices that could be integrated into our geoscience work to promote sustainability and support development work. Here are some of the themes and ideas… we’ll be publishing a full report on our […]

April 16, 2015

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10:20 AM | Postdoctoral Position in Developmental Neurobiology at the CBMSO, Madrid
A Postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Development and Differentiation at the Centro de Biología Molecular Sevéro Ochoa to study the mechanisms of Hh signalling regulation during eye development and stem cell function, following our recent publication (Cardozo et al 2014, Nat Comm). This project falls within the general interest of our research […]
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9:16 AM | EGU15 Photos: Natural Hazards Demonstrations Short Course
These photographs were taking during the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, at a short course on Natural Hazard Teaching Demonstrations (Photo Credits: Bruce D. Malamud, Faith Taylor, Joel Gill):     In the coming weeks we will start collating photographed examples of teaching demonstrations with teaching guidlines in captions. We hope to use the EGU Imaggeo Site to present these.  Further information can be found: […]
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8:57 AM | EGU15 Session Overview: Putting Geoethics at the Heart of Geoscience
This week we’re reporting live from the European Geoscience Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna. Yesterday afternoon was the turn of the Geoethics session, which has become something of a regular feature in my EGU diary over the past four years. Organised by the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), the session began by looking at ‘Geoethics at the Heart of Geoscience’ and progressed to a series of themed talks on ‘Geoethics and […]
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8:56 AM | BSDB/BSCB awardees and new BSDB committee members
This is a news item which was first posted on the bsdb.org site. Please, note that not all items will be duplicated on The Node. To ensure you stay informed, please, take two minutes to subscribe for email notifications on the bsdb.org site (3rd item in the right hand bar). Be ensured that the amount […]
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3:40 AM | Postdoctoral Fellow Position, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
We are looking for highly motivated postdocs who have experience including, but not limited to, cell biology, neuroscience, optogenetics and single-cell studies. Previous experience on human pluripotent stem cells is not necessarily required and we value more on the ‘non-stem cell’ expertise. The Lee lab has been studying on cell specification process using human pluripotent stem cells, […]

April 15, 2015

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11:33 AM | El Autodiagnóstico en el Autismo o Síndrome de Seinfeld
Hace unos meses, durante una entrevista con Brian Williams de NBC “Nightly News”, Jerry Seinfeld proclamó que en una escala agrandada el caía dentro del espectro autista. Cuando se le […]
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11:15 AM | EGU15 Opinion: Space Science and International Development
Evidence for water on Mars is growing, with new research presented at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly demonstrating novel ways we can evaluate the presence of groundwater and surface water on Mars by looking at key geomorphic features and using Earth and laboratory analogues. Also at the General Assembly, the latest results from the landing of Philae on Comet 67P//Churyumov–Gerasimenko have revealed new information about the processes involved in the […]

April 14, 2015

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8:42 AM | Submit your abstract for YEN:2015! Deadline 21st April
7th Young Embryologist Network Annual General Meeting 15th May 2015 09:15-17:30 King’s College London Registration and abstract submission are now open! The 7th Young Embryologist Network AGM aims to bring together developmental biologists from across the UK (and beyond) to discuss their work. This year is likely to be the largest YEN AGM yet! This […]
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8:36 AM | EGU15 Feature: Equipping to Educate, Educating for Empowerment
Education empowers communities and enables effective accountability between individuals, scientists, government, business and the charity sector. Geo-education is no exception, and while natural hazards education is only one area of this, it demonstrates well the importance of knowledge exchange. In this first blog, from the EGU Press Office, I explore this theme further, reflecting on the role of organisations such as EGU in equipping geoscientists to educate and reporting back on a […]

April 13, 2015

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11:47 AM | Vaccines and Autism
Several years ago I was approached by government lawyers who wanted me to testify at the Omnibus Autism Proceedings of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. They wanted to use my […]
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10:23 AM | Back to Basics – Geology and International Development (Part 3/4)
How can an understanding of geology support and strengthen international development?  #7 – Identifying, extracting and managing natural resources, including appropriate environmental protection and post-mining restoration. Minerals and other natural resources are used in every sphere of society – every mobile phone, every computer, every wind-turbine. The income these can raise, also offers an exciting opportunity for countries to promote development, investing in jobs, […]

April 12, 2015

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1:39 PM | A day in the life of a Planarian lab
Greetings and warm welcome to the “Planarian lab @ Oxford” The lab is based in the Department of Zoology in The Tinbergen Building on South parks Road in the “Land of dreaming spires; Oxford”. Zoology@Oxford, has a rich heritage across the biological sciences, including association with three Nobel laureates (Peter Medawar, Niko Tinbergen and Sir […]
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