September 01, 2014

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 […]
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 […]
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

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

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

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 […]
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

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

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

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

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 […]
1:16 PM | Yoshiki Sasai: stem cell Sensei
This obituary first appeared in Development.   Stefano Piccolo looks back at the life and research of his friend and colleague Yoshiki Sasai.   On 5 August 2014, Yoshiki Sasai died at the age of 52, near to the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. This is the institute that he had helped to establish and painstakingly […]
9:40 AM | The Node at the GSA Xenopus Meeting
The Node is on its way to California, to attend the GSA Xenopus meeting, starting in Monterey this Sunday (24th August). If you are attending the meeting, do say hello to our community manager if you see her- Cat would love to hear your thoughts on the Node! We are also looking for someone to […]
2:57 AM | Postdoctoral Position in Left-Right Asymmetric Organ Morphogenesis
NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the Nascone-Yoder laboratory at North Carolina State University (NCSU) to study left-right asymmetric organ morphogenesis. The successful applicant will utilize both Xenopus and the emerging amphibian model, Lepidobatrachus (Budgett’s frog), to elucidate the cellular and molecular basis of gut and/or heart looping. We are seeking a self-motivated individual with […]

August 20, 2014

9:15 PM | Accelerated Frogs: Developmental Biology meets Particle Physics
I previously wrote a post about the development of a 4-D X-Ray Tomography technique for imaging early Xenopus embryos. Frog embryos are opaque due to their yolky composition and this has proved a challenge for traditional optical microscopy of events in the early stages of Xenopus embryo development. However Julian Moosmann, Ralf Hofmann and Jubin […]
7:48 PM | Postdoc position – Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, UK
A 3-year postdoctoral position is available in the Sablowski lab at the Cell and Developmental Biology Dept., John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. The successful candidate will work on a project that combines genome-wide association mapping and quantitative image analysis to reveal novel genes that control stem architecture in Arabidopsis. Plant architecture depends in large part […]
4:00 PM | Study puts numbers to post-baby sleepiness
Many moms aren’t getting good sleep months after giving birth, reports a new study and every mother ever.
12:34 PM | Paul Patterson: Revalorando la cotribucion genetica en el autismo
Paul Patterson fue una figura icónica en el campo del autismo. Su nombre es sinónimo a la teoria que implica una posible anormalidad de mecanismos inmunológicos en el autismo. A […]

August 19, 2014

10:54 AM | In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 17)
Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   HSCs make a Runx1 for it The emergence of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) during early mammalian development is crucial for the formation of all blood cell lineages. Previous studies indicate that Runx1 is required for the endothelial-haematopoietic transition that gives rise to definitive HSCs; […]

August 18, 2014

12:52 PM | How to follow the rising prevalence rates of autism: an epidemic or a health-related disaster?
Since 1988 the World Health Organization in collaboration with the Centre (the european term for center) for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters has kept a database (Emergency Events Database […]
Applications are still being invited for this exciting course, to be given at MBL October 12-24, 2014.   This is the 7th edition of an advanced Course oriented around the central conceptual foci of the field. Gene regulatory networks lie at the conceptual nexus of development, evolution and functional regulatory genomics. The Course is open […]
9:00 AM | GfGD Conference
Register for the 2nd GfGD Conference by the end of August and you’ll be given the chance to win this attractive 60 x 40 cm canvas of geology related pictures. A winner from those registering before 31st August, and in attendance, will be drawn on the day itself. Registration is reasonably priced and easy to do, and we’re […]

August 15, 2014

11:41 AM | (Developmental) Biology around the internet- August 2014
Here is August’s round-up of some of the interesting content that we spotted around the internet:   News & Research: - An interesting article considers the impact of the Great War in women in science. - Alan Turing’s contributions to developmental biology featured in an excellent article in Mosaic. - Do you use Research Gate? […]

August 14, 2014

12:00 PM | Data deluge feeds paranoia parenting
There are several gadgets and devices you can buy that will feed you reams of data about your baby. But it’s not always clear how that data translate into useful information.
8:29 AM | Bringing researchers and the public together for science
This an an article I wrote for SciBraai about The Science Awareness Day at UCT on Wednesday 6 August. Bringing researchers and the public together for science    

August 13, 2014

12:08 PM | Ruth Christ Sullivan, Ph.D.
La vida de Ruth Christ Sullivan sirve de testimonio acerca la enormidad de logros que una persona puede llegar a hacer cuando se trata del beneficio de sus hijos o […]

August 12, 2014

11:22 AM | Interview with SDB poster winner Niteace Whittington
Last March we interviewed Zarah Löf-Öhlin, who won the BSDB poster prize at the joint meeting of the British Societies for Cell Biology and Developmental Biology. Zarah’s prize was to travel to Seattle to attend the 73rd Society for Developmental Biology meeting. Continuing the interview chain, Zarah interviewed Niteace Whittington, who won the SDB poster […]

August 11, 2014

2:20 PM | An inspiration
I write this article in the beautiful city of Vienna at the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology meeting 2014. This is a meeting that happens every two years and I have been to every single one since the inaugural meeting in 2006 in Prague. As a card-carrying evolutionary developmental biologist, I began my career […]
11:56 AM | Temple Grandin at the Autism Society of America 2014 Meeting
I had the opportunity to catch up with Temple at the Autism Society of America (ASA) 2014 Meeting celebrated at Indianapolis. We had planned to discuss sensory and mood related […]

August 10, 2014

7:04 PM | Nursing Patterns & Mothers Milk
Among many mammals, lactating females may have extended periods of time in between nursing bouts. This is often the case for females who “cache” or “park” their young in nests, dens, or burrows while they depart to forage more efficiently unencumbered by the presence of the young (parents, you know what I am talking about).The egg-laying echidna is an excellent, if totally weird, example. After hatching from the egg inside the mother’s pouch, the […]
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