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August 04, 2014

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11:31 AM | ‘‘Transit amplification in the cerebellum evolved via a heterochronic shift in NeuroD1 expression’’
They are a mouthful, paper titles, sometimes. This is exactly the sort of title that would have made me ignore it in the days when I worked on the evolution of Hox genes. But I now find myself frequently justifying to people who work on evolution why the nervous system deserves attention, and of justifying […]
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9:46 AM | Obituary: Walter J. Gehring (1939-2014)
This obituary first appeared in Development. Also read other obituaries about Walter Gehring in Science, EMBO Journal and Developmental Cell.   Alex Schier looks back at the life and research of his graduate mentor and friend Walter Gehring.   Walter Gehring, one of the fathers of modern developmental biology, died on May 29th 2014 from the injuries sustained […]

August 02, 2014

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11:09 AM | A consideration of mammalian dermal evolution.
  Hello everyone. My background is in systems engineering, and i have over forty years experience of building and trouble shooting mechanical/hydraulic systems. I have an interest in the evolution and function of biological systems, hence my involvement in this. I have no issues with the genetic basis of biology, but i am pretty sure […]

August 01, 2014

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6:40 PM | Seven facts and a mystery about hand, foot and mouth disease
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral illness that most kids get before age 5. Several different viruses cause the condition, which causes blisters and fevers.
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11:15 AM | This month on the Node- July 2014
Here are last month’s highlights!   Research and news: - Jacqueline wrote about her recent paper in Development, investigating the developmental origin and evolution of turtle shell patterning. - This month’s Stem Cell Beauty post focused on the role of two transcription factors in muscle development… and how the way such discoveries help us get closer to a […]

July 31, 2014

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2:35 PM | Waddington Medal Lecture 2014- Phil Ingham
Every year the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) awards the Waddington Medal, its highest accolade, at the society’s Spring meeting. This year the Waddington Medal was awarded to Prof Phil Ingham, a geneticist and developmental biologist well known for his contributions to the field: from his PhD work on Drosophila’s trithorax, to the identification of the vertebrate […]
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1:16 PM | National Alliance for Autism Research Article
Several years ago my good friend Eric London (see bit.ly/1n6uqc7) wrote the attached letter when I resigned my position as member of the Scientific Advisory Board for NAAR. Back then […]
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9:00 AM | GfGD in Tanzania (2) – Monitoring Water Projects
In our post yesterday I discussed the upcoming YES Congress and 25th Colloquium of African Geology in Dar es Salaam (1 – on the map), and introduced the way in which GfGD will be contributing. Following these conferences I will be travelling the 1000+ km distance to Mwanza – a key Tanzanian town on the edge […]

July 30, 2014

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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 […]
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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: http://corticalchauvinism.com/2013/02/21/bernard-rimland/). Este fue un trabajo comprensivo que propuso una causalidad neurológica […]
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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, […]
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]
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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

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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.
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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 […]
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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 […]
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