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September 15, 2014

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9:36 AM | Autism and related disorders: from bench to bedside (Part 1)
I just returned from an extended stay in France where I attended an autism conference in La Ciotat. The organizer of the meeting was Yehezkel Ben-Ari, the Founder and Honorary […]
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9:00 AM | Conference Highlights (Part 2)
Over on our Facebook page, we’ve recently been publishing a series of images showing some of the likely highlights of our annual conference next week (Friday 19th September, tickets still available). Here are the second batch… we showed some others last week!    

September 12, 2014

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2:00 PM | Conference Registration
  One week to go… Register Here
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9:00 AM | GfGD Conference – Skills for Sustainability
A core part of our upcoming conference programme is a session on ‘Skills for Sustainability.’ At our conference in 2013 we introduced a range of ways by which geologists can support the fight against global poverty, including hydrogeology, engineering geology, natural resource management, hazards and disaster reduction (and much more). This technical understanding of geology can have a […]

September 11, 2014

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2:44 PM | BSMB/BSDB Joint meeting – The Musculoskeletal System: from development to disease
BSMB/BSDB Joint meeting – The Musculoskeletal System: from development to disease 1st -3rd September 2014, University of East Anglia The first joint meeting of the BSMB and BSDB was, in our opinion, a great success. The meeting was held over three days and was packed with brilliant science from areas of musculoskeletal research from the […]

September 10, 2014

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5:47 PM | The (almost non-existent) science of potty training
When it comes to toilet training your child, science will offer you almost no help whatsoever.
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3:21 PM | What is your favourite conference venue?
  Last month I was lucky enough to attend the Xenopus meeting, which took place at the Asilomar conference grounds, close to Monterey, California. This meeting was fantastic, combining great science with a great venue. As there is already someone lined up to write about the scientific aspects of the meeting, I thought I would focus here instead on the […]
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9:00 AM | Conference Highlights (Part 1)
Over on our Facebook page, we’ve recently been publishing a series of images showing some of the likely highlights of our annual conference next week (Friday 19th September, tickets still available). Here are the first batch… we’ll be posting more over the next week!

September 09, 2014

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3:25 PM | postdoctoral position — neural crest migration
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Shuyi Nie at Georgia Institute of Technology. The lab employs multiple approaches including developmental biology, cell biology, imaging, and biochemistry to study the mechanisms of neural crest cell migration during embryonic development. Potential projects are investigating the regulation of cranial neural crest cell migration by […]

September 08, 2014

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9:00 AM | GfGD Conference – Selected Poster Abstracts (Part 2)
An important part of our annual conference is giving students and recent graduates the opportunity to present their work – through a poster and drinks reception at the end of the day. Last year we had some fantastic posters – from both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and recent graduates. Today we continue publishing the titles and abstracts […]
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6:15 AM | Federally funded autism research
James Madison famously wrote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary”. He […]

September 05, 2014

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9:00 AM | Friday Photo (128) – Cultural Understanding Workshop (Tanzania)
  Cultural Understanding Workshop (Tanzania) As part of the recent YES Network Congress in Tanzania, GfGD’s Director ran a half-day workshop on cultural understanding and its application to geoscience projects in the developing world. These images show some of the interactive activities that participants took part it. [Credit: Joel Gill, Geology for Global Development].

September 04, 2014

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8:08 PM | The origin of blood
As for the origin of species, the question of the origin of blood during development has unleashed a lot of passion among the scientific community. As a matter of fact, the failure to derive blood stem cells (haematopoietic stem cells, HSCs) from pluripotent stem cells (stem cells that can generate any type of cells) has […]
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12:19 PM | Designing ChIP primers
Hello everyone, Recently I got assigned with the task of designing good primers for ChIP. My supervisor advised me to use the Primer BLAST tool from NCBI together with AmplifiX to get some computer-generated primers and at the same time test some I designed myself. Problem is we were discussing yesterday and eventually we came […]

September 03, 2014

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4:00 PM | A hungry brain slurps up a kid’s energy
Compared with other animals, human children take their time growing up. A new study suggests that’s because kids’ brains burn a lot of energy, perhaps diverting resources from their growing bodies.
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2:39 PM | Researchers grow ‘seed’ of spinal cord tissue in a dish
Medical Research Council (MRC) scientists have for the first time managed to turn stem cells into the specialised cells that go on to form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue in the growing embryo. Their discovery could lead to a new way of studying degenerative conditions such as spinal muscular atrophy, which affects the nerve […]
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9:00 AM | GfGD Conference – Selected Poster Abstracts (Part 1)
An important part of our annual conference is giving students and recent graduates the opportunity to present their work – through a poster and drinks reception at the end of the day. Last year we had some fantastic posters – from both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and recent graduates. This week and next we’ll be […]

September 02, 2014

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11:15 AM | Ethical development
This editorial was first published in Development. We encourage feedback from the community on our policies – please leave any comments below.   A central premise of scientific publishing – that publication in a peer-reviewed journal means that the reader can be confident that an article is solid – has been challenged on a number of fronts in recent times. […]
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11:00 AM | In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 18)
Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Mcc: a new player in gastrulation The mutated in molorectal cancer (Mcc) gene has been described as a tumour suppressor, and has been shown to interact with β-catenin and thus limit Wnt signalling. However, various data also indicate a potential role in regulating the […]

September 01, 2014

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1:25 PM | This month on the Node- August 2014
Here are last month’s highlights! Don’t forget to check our jobs page too.   Research: - Gary wrote about his visit to a particle accelerator to image Xenopus embry0s using X-rays. - Thomas discussed his  paper in Development on the evolution of the development underlying the complex cerebellum found in amniotes. - Milos introduced his blog ‘Creative Morphometrics’, where he […]
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9:00 AM | Guest Blog: Volcanology in Vanuatu!
Ben Clarke and Eleri Simpson are about to start their 4th year at the University of Leicester. Having shown a strong interest in applying geoscience to development through the conversations we’ve had with them over the past two years – we were really pleased to hear they has successfully arranged some work experience in Vanuatu. We’re also […]
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6:28 AM | Autism: The usefulness of exercise
Being healthy is not only a matter of what you eat but of your level of activity during the day. Diet and exercise go together. Many problems in autism can […]

August 29, 2014

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11:20 AM | Friday Photo (127) – Slow Water Collection, Tanzania
Water Collection – Chato District, Tanzania Some of these women and children in Tanzania had been waiting at these small holes for 5 hours for enough water to seep through the ground to fill their buckets. Understanding enough geoscience to consider (i) changing groundwater levels at different times of the year and (ii) different geological […]

August 28, 2014

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11:33 PM | Babies may be good at remembering, and forgetting
Studies in kids suggest that young children can form memories but can’t recall them later, offering new clues to how memory-storing systems form in young brains.

August 27, 2014

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6:07 PM | Advocating FOR grads and postdocs: the Future of Research symposium
You may have noticed a recent trend in the perception of the graduate and postdoctoral experience, be it in the state of our mental health; or perceived career goal of “academia-or-bust”; or maybe you’re just keeping your pulse on leading US academics warning of the imminent dangers of a flawed biomedical research system or the […]
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12:02 PM | The so-called inflammation of autism
This year I have been able to attend a large number of congresses all over the world. One thing that has struck me is how some people within the medical […]

August 26, 2014

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10:23 AM | Left-right asymmetry, embryonic development, and more
Hello there, first time posting on The Node! Every so often Wiley compiles a small selection of recent research on a particular topic, and the most recent is on the topic of developmental biology. This includes some special issues from journals with reviews on: Left-Right asymmetry Embryonic development Cell proliferation and development The first two special […]

August 25, 2014

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12:01 PM | A safe way to study fever’s dramatic relief of autistic behavior?
I first met Peter a couple of years ago at an Autism Research Institute Think Tank. At the Think Tank Peter impressed everybody with his knowledge, specially about biochemical pathways. […]

August 24, 2014

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6:33 PM | Postdoctoral fellowship in neural stem cell and developmental neurobiology
The Division of Developmental Biology and Neuroscience along with Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (#3 children’s hospital in USA) have openings in Dr Tim Vogel’s lab for postdoctoral Research Fellows to study neural stem cells, glial progenitors, and developmental neuroscience, focusing on cilia and cell signaling in murine models. We have a large group […]

August 21, 2014

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8:32 PM | Outreach Program: “Ciencia Al Tiro” (Science Immediately)
Ciencia Al Tiro (Science Immediately) is an Outreach program developed to encourage interest in science and technology. Our inspiration was to help the situation of education in Chile where there is an extremely large difference in the quality of education among schools. According to an OECD assessment of student performance, Chile has the largest gap […]
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