July 30, 2014

3:12 PM | Woods Hole images 2014 round 2- the winner
We can now announce the winner of this year’s 2nd round of images from the Woods Hole embryology course: the ‘zebrabow’ zebrafish! The full results were as follow: - Short-tailed fruit bat; 264 votes - Butterfly ovariole: 90 votes - Mouse embryo: 32 votes - ‘zebrabow’ zebrafish: 272 votes     Many congratulations to Brijesh Kumar (Indian Institute of […]
11:41 AM | Bernard Rimland y su libro Autismo Infantil
Este año se celebra el quincuagésimo aniversario de la publicación entitulada “Autismo Infantil” por Bernard Rimland (ver blog anterior: Este fue un trabajo comprensivo que propuso una causalidad neurológica […]
10:49 AM | Are Robobees the future of agriculture?
Ruminations on the decline of the bees, tiny robots, and the future of agriculture. I have a bit of a soft spot for bees. The biologist in me has always been intrigued that such a complex and efficient social organisation can function without any central authority (for a more detailed look at how it works, […]
9:00 AM | GfGD in Tanzania (1) – Earth Sciences for Improving Livelihoods
The East African country of Tanzania is a remarkable place, home to Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and (for the volcanologists reading this) Ol Doinyo Lengai. It was also visits to communities in the Kagera region of Tanzania in 2009 and 2010 that resulted in GfGD getting off the ground soon afterwards. Since then, Tanzania has […]

July 29, 2014

7:59 PM | The 2014 Development Show is now on YouTube!
The ‘Development Show’ (or ‘Devo Show’) was a 1-hour comedy presentation from Curtis Loer and Morris Maduro at the 2014 Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) meeting held at University of Washington, Seattle, and is now available on YouTube. The Devo Show is an adaptation of several “Worm Shows” as given by Curtis Loer and Morris […]

July 28, 2014

12:03 PM | The pathology of autism, is it strictly a “genetic disorder”?
Paul Patterson is an iconic figure in the field of autism.When mentioned in the context of autism his name is synonymous to the possible role of immunological mechanisms. Contrary to […]

July 26, 2014

3:40 PM | The Young Embryologists Meeting 2014
I have been a postdoc in London, alas at King’s College London (more on the reason for this regret in future), for 5 years now. There are some great things about London that overcome the horrendous prices and the relentless advance of painfully (un)cool hipster culture. If you are a bit of an obsessive developmental […]

July 25, 2014

2:27 PM | Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2014
The 4th Wellcome Trust Epigenomics of Common Diseases conference will bring together leading scientists from the fields of epigenomics, genetics and bioinformatics to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving field. Epigenetic variation plays an important role in all disease processes in addition to cancer. Technological advancements have revealed significant associations between changes to the […]

July 24, 2014

7:00 PM | Postdoctoral Positions in Cell Biology- Anand Lab/OHSU
The Anand lab is broadly interested in identifying and characterizing non-coding RNAs, especially microRNAs, in the regulation of developmental and pathological angiogenesis. Our work involves molecular biology techniques (Expression profiling, functional genomics, qPCR, cloning), cell biology (Confocal imaging, 3D cell culture, flow cytometry, bioluminescence assays) and uses in vitro, in vivo model systems. Our goal […]
4:28 PM | Researchers identify a key molecule in flies that adjusts energy use under starvation conditions
  Scientists at IRB Barcelona have observed that, when deprived of food, flies that do not express p53 show poor management of energy store. The study, published today in Cell Reports, further supports the involvement of this molecule—traditionally associated with tumour suppression—in metabolism. The researchers provide new insights to study p53 function in metabolic diseases […]

July 23, 2014

3:55 PM | Babies’ brains practice words long before they can speak
When listening to speech, babies’ brains are active in motor areas required for moving the mouth and tongue in ways that produce words.
11:54 AM | La Solucion Mineral Milagrosa: un Riesgo a su Salud
Si le gusta el contenido de esta página, por favor considere convertirse en un seguidor de mi blog. Esto se puede hacer yendo a la primera página del blog localizada […]
10:34 AM | Raising the Shields!
  Turtles are strange organisms, and their development is wonderfully idiosyncratic. What other vertebrate alters its bone development to make an ossified mobile home? The turtle has perplexed biologists for many reasons. Where did turtles come from and to whom are they related? How did this different body plan arise developmentally and evolutionarily? The pieces […]

July 22, 2014

5:01 PM | Training and Development Questionnaire
Could you give us 5 minutes of your time this week? We’d really appreciate your help in completing this short questionnaire, helping us to understand requirements for future GfGD training and development programmes (workshops, summer schools, conferences). You can access the questionnaire by clicking the image below.
12:01 PM | Exciting findings in schizophrenia genetics – but what do they mean?
A paper published today represents a true landmark in psychiatric genetics. It reports results of a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of schizophrenia, involving 36,989 cases and 113,075 controls. Assembling this sample required collaboration on a massive scale, with over 300 authors involved. This huge sample gives unprecedented statistical power to detect genetic variants that predispose to disease, even if their individual effects on risk are tiny. The study reports 108 […]
12:00 PM | In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 15)
Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   talpid2: a mystery finally solved The chicken talpid2 and talpid3 mutants display a range of developmental phenotypes including craniofacial and limb defects. Although links to the sonic hedgehog (SHH) pathway had been proposed, the molecular nature of these mutations remained unclear for many years. […]
9:37 AM | post-doctoral research fellow in avian stem cells
A postdoctoral position is available in the Division of Developmental Biology at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. We are recruiting a post-doctoral research fellow for a joint academic/industrial project to develop avian stem cells for genome biobanking. For more information visit:

July 21, 2014

11:58 AM | The importance of postmortem research in autism
A couple of weeks ago I read the blog of one of my favorite writers Matt Carey of Left Brain Right Brain fame. This particular blog related Matt’s experience while […]

July 18, 2014

2:07 PM | Two recent workshops organised by The Company of Biologists
As you probably know, The Company of Biologists (the not-for-profit publisher behind the Node and Development) funds a variety of meetings and conferences every year, and since 2010 that it also organises its own series of workshops. The workshops are generally interdisciplinary in nature, aiming to bring together researchers who do not necessarily meet otherwise. The […]
8:46 AM | GfGD Social Event
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July 17, 2014

7:31 PM | Your non-model organism is going extinct
“There is no such thing as a non-model organism” R. Behringer This bold statement was announced less than a week into our Embryology course and has left a lasting impression on lecturers and students alike. At first it seemed like a sympathetic statement to the extensive and diverse systems us students were arriving from… “yeah, […]

July 16, 2014

4:06 PM | Microscopes4Schools: hands-on microscopy for children
The moment I really got fascinated by biology was when, aged 16, I saw a water flea’s heart beating in a school lesson. Up until that point I liked the subject but had never been really excited. Labelling the parts of a flower or an eye was fine, but not thrilling! I was discussing my […]
12:07 PM | Beneficios de una dieta rica en fibra para las personas autistas
Mientras asistía a un congreso de autismo en Burgos, España uno de los padres de familia se acercó a mí para hacerme una pregunta con respecto a los síntomas de […]
10:43 AM | The Node in Vienna (and at the European Evo-Devo meeting)
The Node’s next stop is the capital of Austria- Vienna! Our visit will be in two parts: Cat, the Node community manager, will be giving a talk at the Vienna Biocenter Campus entitled ‘Joining the online conversation: how to use social media to communicate your science’. This will be an informal talk and Q&A which will […]

July 14, 2014

2:00 PM | Giving kids a spoonful of medicine: not what the doctor ordered
It’s frustratingly easy to give your kid the wrong dose of medicine.
11:00 AM | Brain donations and research in autism: the good, the bad and the ugly
For the past few months I have had a hectic travel schedule that has made me spend a significant amount of time at the airport or in an airplane. Occasionally […]
9:03 AM | Jobs and Conferences
A few jobs, internships and events that have caught our interest… **International Conference: Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards 18-19 November 2014, Padua, Italy The conference provides an opportunity to discuss multi-hazard risks and multi-disciplinary research results on the effects of changing of hydro-meteorological risks and their effects on planning strategies. The […]

July 13, 2014

2:37 PM | Brazil: origins, evolution and future of developmental biology in the country of the 2014 World Cup
By Henrique Marques-Souza and Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca   Widely known as the country of soccer, samba and beautiful beaches, one might wonder if it is possible to perform high quality research in Developmental Biology in Brazil with so many distractions. What are the pros and cons of doing research in this area in Brazil?  […]

July 12, 2014

11:00 AM | EMBO celebrates 50 years
  The European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) is an organization that ‘promotes excellence in the life sciences’ in Europe and beyond. With more than 1500 members (leaders in their respective fields), it is a driving force in European science. Since its inception in 1964, EMBO has played an active role in promoting research in the life sciences, organising meetings […]

July 11, 2014

11:00 AM | GfGD Conference 2014 – Registration Open
We’re delighted to announce that registration is now open for the second GfGD Annual Conference. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis – and based on the popularity of last year’s event we expect it to again be a sell-out. Tickets are £5 for students/unwaged (no fees) and £12 for those in employment (with […]
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