March 04, 2015

12:56 PM | El Síndrome de Dravet: Lecciones sobre el Autismo Regresivo
El síndrome de Dravet es un tipo particular de epilepsia de índole severa que comienza entre el primer y quinto año de vida. Su nombre deriva de la Dra. Charlotte […]

March 03, 2015

12:54 PM | The Daily Beast and Pro-Neurodiversity Arguments
A recent article on The Daily Beast has acquired a certain amount of attention on the internet ( ). The article, written by Elizabeth Picciuto, was titled, “They Don’t Want […]

March 02, 2015

5:08 PM | HFA2: Understanding hazards or disasters
From 14-18th March, disaster professionals, politicians, UN representatives and many other stakeholders will be gathering in Sendai (Japan) at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The aim of the meeting will be to agree upon the final text to replace the Hyogo Framework for Action, the UN guidelines for action on disaster risk reduction and strengthening resilience. At our first annual conference, one of our speakers asked those attending to raise their hands if they’d […]
3:53 PM | Outreach activity: The Disgustovision Show, a most gruesome microscopy circuit
How do you build a fruit fly circus? First, you’ll need a glass tank. Its size will obviously depend on how many fruit flies you want to perform - or on what tank is hanging around in the department. You’ll also need a small circus tent, circus benches made from fresh apple slices, a sand arena, […]
1:34 PM | Woods Hole images 2014 round 3- the winner
And the winner of the latest round of images from the Woods Hole embryology course is… the skate embryo!   Here are the full results: - SEM of butterfly scale: 93 votes - Drosophila embryos: 37 votes - Skate embryo: 241 votes - Swallowtail wing: 79 votes     Many congratulations to Mary Colasanto (University of […]
12:42 PM | The “Right-to-Try” legislation and autism
It is said in various publications that autism does not affect life expectancy. I do not believe this to be the case. Seizures and accidents (e.g., traffic collisions, drowning) expose […]
11:11 AM | This month on the Node- February 2015
Our jobs page was again very busy this month, so make sure to check it out! Here are some of the other highlights:   Research: - Manuel wrote about his Development paper, where he examines how the eyes of the cavefish P. andruzii develop, and what that tells us about the evolution of eye loss in […]

March 01, 2015

9:33 PM | The Node survey- the results
The Node is almost 5 years old, and it is now time to revise its design and functionalities. To help us with this, during the last month we asked you to fill in a survey and give us your feedback. In total 169 people completed the survey, and many of you left comments and suggestions. Thank […]

February 27, 2015

11:21 AM | Fully funded PhD Studentship, The Universities of Liverpool and Szeged
Understanding fundamental roles of the cytoskeleton downstream of Wnt/PCP signalling in neurodegeneration A fully funded studentship open to home/EU students is available. We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative individual to join the dual PhD studentship of the Universities of Liverpool (UK) and Szeged (Hungary). The successful candidate will work under the supervision of […]

February 26, 2015

9:00 PM | A little tablet time probably won’t fry a toddler’s brain
Good or bad, the effects tablet and smartphone use among toddlers demand more research.
5:28 PM | National Xenopus Resource – Manager Position
A new position is now available in the National Xenopus Resource (NXR) at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). This is an NXR Manager position that involves daily operational and scientific oversight of the MBL’s P40 NIH funded National Xenopus Resource. The NXR Manager will supervise a staff of 3-5 research assistants and technicians, coordinate custom […]
4:53 PM | The Node at the Drosophila Meeting
The Node is off to its first conference of the year- the Annual Drosophila Research Conference, i.e. the fly meeting! We will be tweeting from Chicago using the hashtag #DROS2015, and you can also expect a meeting report here on the Node. If you are attending the meeting, why not say hello to our community manager Cat? […]

February 25, 2015

12:43 PM | La Medicina de Precisión: ¿Qué significará para el autismo?
Recientemente el presidente Obama ofreció una recepción en la Casa Blanca para anunciar una iniciativa médica que presumiblemente “nos acercará a la curación de enfermedades como el cáncer y la […]
9:00 AM | GfGD at EGU 2015 (1) – Events and Information
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3:19 AM | A day in the life of an Axolotl lab
Annie Espinal-Centeno & Luis Alfredo Cruz-Ramírez Hello! I am Annie, a research assistant in the group of Molecular and Developmental Complexity, under the supervision of Dr. Luis Alfredo Cruz-Ramírez. Our group is part of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (LANGEBIO) at Irapuato, Mexico. We are a relatively new group as we only started […]
12:10 AM | Postdoctoral scientist – Xenopus at Marine Biological Laboratory
A Postdoctoral Scientist position is available in the Horb Laboratory of the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology & Tissue Engineering at the Marine Biological Laboratory ( The position will focus on the creation of Xenopus models of human disease through the generation of mutants using CRISPR/Cas and TALENs and to work on developing and […]

February 24, 2015

7:40 PM |
A postdoctoral position is available immediately to study the transcriptional regulation of retinal progenitor cell proliferation and its interface with cellular bioenergetics. Our lab utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach that combines traditional mouse developmental genetics and molecular biology with live, dynamic tissue imaging and high throughput genomics. The ideal candidate for this position will be within a year of […]
12:35 PM | In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 5)
Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   pancRNAs in early development Promoter-associated noncoding RNAs (pancRNAs) are a class of long noncoding RNAs, transcribed from bidirectional promoters and thought to be involved in promoting expression of the gene transcribed from the opposite strand. Takuya Imamura and colleagues (p.910) now set out to […]

February 23, 2015

12:56 PM | Argumentation, Autism, and the Serenity Prayer
According to several dictionaries argumentation is the study of effective reasoning manifested by how a person presents justifications for or against something being discussed. During discussion we make statements that […]

February 20, 2015

11:24 AM | From bench to newspaper
Alongside my main role as community manager of the Node I am also Development’s online editor, and one of my responsibilities is writing press releases. I recently wrote a press release on a Development paper that received some media attention, and I was surprised by the way the story was covered. The articles ranged from […]

February 19, 2015

2:51 PM | Postdoctoral Positions in Developmental Organogenesis
POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS are available to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling the development of the lymphatic vasculature and the visual system using available mouse models and 3D self-organizing stem cells and iPS. Highly motivated individuals who recently obtained a PhD. or MD degree and have a strong background in stem cells and molecular and […]
9:28 AM | Postdoctoral position in chromatin regulation and epigenetic control of Drosophila development
Stockholm University, Sweden, invites applications for one postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Mattias Mannervik at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute ( The position is scheduled to start as soon as possible. Transcriptional coregulators are proteins that facilitate communication between transcription factors and the basal transcription apparatus, in part by […]

February 18, 2015

12:34 PM | El hierro y el autismo
En la mayoría de organismos vivientes el hierro es un mineral necesario para sostener la vida. En seres humanos ek hierro es un constituyente de la proteína denominada como “heme” […]

February 16, 2015

5:10 PM | Mammal March Madness 2015
PhyloPic & Wikimedia Commons: Steen, Hartman, HassanPlaceholder PostThe organizing team is back- Kristi Lewton, Chris Anderson, Josh Drew & I will once again be running Mammal March Madness in 2015. The divisions are Mighty Mini Mammals (no longer will the little guys be one & done!), Mythical Mammals, Critically Endangered Mammals on the IUCN Red List, and SEXY BEASTS! Species shaped by sexual selection.The official bracket will go live on March 3rd. The Wild Card Battle starts it […]
2:10 PM | Dravet Syndrome: Lessons in Regressive Autism
Dravet syndrome is the eponym for a particular type of severe epilepsy that begins between the first and fifth year of life. It was named after the French physician Dr. […]

February 15, 2015

10:51 PM | Looking for PhD student to investigate how actin regulates YAP activity in skin regeneration and skin cancer
  We are looking for a PhD student with experience in Hippo/YAP cell biology, molecular biology and mouse handling, and a keen interest in dermatology and regeneration. Department of Anatomy, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW, Sydney. For inquiries and/or applications, please contact Dr. Annemiek Beverdam (

February 13, 2015

3:05 PM | Senior Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Nanoformulation Safety Assessment using Xenopus laevis
Senior Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Nanoformulation Safety Assessment (to commence May 4th 2015) University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, in collaboration with Procarta Biosystems Ltd, Norwich, UK , Consorzio Interuniversitario Per Lo Sviluppo Dei Sistemi A Grande Interfase (CSGI), Florence, Italy and Nanovector, Turin, Italy, are looking to recruit an experienced researcher. The position will […]

February 12, 2015

5:22 PM | (Developmental) Biology around the internet- February 2015
Here is February’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet!   News & Research: - A new technique called ‘expansion microscopy’ makes tissues swell up in order to observe structures at higher resolution. - Mary Lyon, the mouse geneticist who proposed the theory of X-chromosome inactivation, died last December. Obituaries on […]

February 11, 2015

3:37 PM | How to eradicate an organ
 Phreatichthys andruzzii, lateral view (left), frontal view (right) Adaptations of some fish species to their environment can be most peculiar, especially within cave dwelling kinds. The so called troglomorphisms slowly turn these fish into almost grotesque looking creatures with no eyes, lost pigments and no scales on the one hand, but with enhanced alternative sensory […]

Stemmer, M., Schuhmacher, L., Foulkes, N., Bertolucci, C. & Wittbrodt, J. (2015). Cavefish eye loss in response to an early block in retinal differentiation progression, Development, 142 (4) 743-752. DOI: 10.1242/dev.114629

12:23 PM | La adolescencia como un factor de riesgo para la depresión en el autismo
A menudo, la inhabilidad para cambiar nuestro marco de referencia impide el entender el porqué un individuo autista piensa o se comporta en determinada manera. Tengo un amigo autista que […]
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