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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 […]
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