June 2010 Blog Posts (4)

Building the bigger brain

[Cross-posted from NeuroDojo]



How does one species get a bigger brain than another?



A while ago, I wrote about a paper that argued that genes that define boundaries in the nervous system seemed to be responsible for differing brain structures in cichlid fish. This seemed to explain the data better than a… Continue

Added by Zen Faulkes on June 26, 2010 at 2:34am — 1 Comment

ICN9 abstract deadline extended

The deadline for abstract submission to the ninth International Congress for Neuroethology in Spain has been extended to 15 June.

http://www.seatra.org/neuroethology

Added by Zen Faulkes on June 9, 2010 at 2:49am — No Comments

ICN9 abstracts due

9th International Congress of Neuroethology abstracts are due today (1 June 2010)! Please use #ICN9 for congress-related tweets.

http://bit.ly/dxv0IT

Added by Zen Faulkes on June 2, 2010 at 3:20am — No Comments

Genes controlling diversity of cichlid brains

[Crossposted from NeuroDojo]



Walter Garstang famously said that ontogeny creates phylogeny: you need to understand the development of a structure to understand the diversity of that structure across species.



There are a few different ways to change the way a structure is put together. Research on the development of limbs has tended to view morphological changes as being caused by… Continue

Added by Zen Faulkes on June 1, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

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