Jonathan Eisen: 2011 Benjamin Franklin Laureate

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Jonathan Eisen, a renowned open access advocate is awarded the tenth annual Benjamin Franklin award. This award, voted for by members of Bioinformatics.org, recognizes those providing free and open access to materials and methods in science.

Jonathan, a scientist of repute and also Academic Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Biology is a supporter of all open access journals, and has published in BioMed Central’s Genome Biology.

In addition to these academic roles, his use of social media and blogging to drive open access is especially exciting: his ‘Tree of life‘ blog is a must read for all scientists.

Congratulations Jonathan, from everyone at BioMed Central!

Climate change and its effects on host-pathogen interactions in the Arctic

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With Climate Week coming up and the topic of climate change on everyone’s mind at the moment, Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica has published a timely review by Dr Karsten Hueffer et al. on the changing interactions between pathogens and their hosts in the Arctic to add further food for thought to this important issue.
    
The arctic environment is one of large seasonal changes in temperature and amount of daylight, resulting in the animals that live there becoming highly specialized and adapted to their very specific environment. The seasonal changes of the ice cover through periods of warming and freezing are highly synchronized with the arctic temperatures and the amount of daylight throughout the year. As …

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Computer Aid International and BioMed Central partnership moves into its fifth year – bringing access and support to the developing world

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BioMed Central has been working with Computer Aid International since 2006 with a conjoined aim of providing the developing world with access to scientific research. Together they organized the landmark Open Access in Africa event last year and 2011 represents fifth year of this successful partnership. Moira Vincent from Computer Aid International and Matthew Cockerill, Managing Director at BioMed Central, speak about the work they do together.

Moira Vincent is a Fundraiser at Computer Aid International:

“This year you’ll be hearing a lot from us at Computer Aid International (CAI). Our work bridges the digital divide in developing communities by providing professionally refurbished ICT equipment to schools, hospitals and not-for-profit organizations. To date, we have provided over 175,000 PCs …

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Females find cocaine more addictive than males do

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In drug addiction
research, it is well established that an enhanced response to novelty can
predispose certain individuals to addiction.

Research has
previously shown that rats, selectively bred to have an increased locomotor
response to novelty, display differences in the amount of cocaine they self-administer,
compared to rats bred to be less reactive. Not only do they ingest greater
doses of the drug, they also exhibit enhanced impulsivity due to lowered
behavioural inhibition.

An additional
factor that also puts individuals at increased risk for drug abuse is gender. Trend
analysis shows that, compared to men, women begin using cocaine at younger ages,
become addicted to it more quickly and also suffer more intense cravings during
periods of abstinence. A hormonal

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Journal of Nanobiotechnology – tracked by Thomson Reuters

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Thomson Reuters have accepted Journal of Nanobiotechnology, the first fully open access journal in this burgeoning research area, for Impact Factor tracking. Journal of Nanobiotechnology is now tracked from Volume 9 (2011) and the high quality of the content is reflected by a predicted Impact Factor of 5.09.

In October 2010, Professor Fernando Patolsky (University of Tel Aviv) became the new Editor-in-Chief of the journal. Fernando has made seminal advances at the interface between nanoelectronics and biological systems, fostering a unique approach in electrical means for label-free detection of chemical and biological species, with unprecedented high sensitivity. At the beginning of 2011, Fernando was joined by Professor Ueli Aebi (University of Basel) as co-Editor-in-Chief. A pioneer of nanobiology …

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Centrosome Research takes centre stage

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Discovered in 1888, and introduced to generations of scientists during school lessons on mitosis, the centrosome is a small but essential organelle, organizing microtubules and regulating cell-cycle progression in animal cells. Previously overlooked, the key role of the centrosome in regulating both normal cell division and asymmetrical cell division is now becoming clearer. It is time the centrosome took centre stage, with a new, open access journal from BioMed CentralCentrosome Research is now accepting submissions.

Centrosome Research is an open access, online journal that publishes basic, applied and translational research on all aspects of the centrosome and its functional equivalents.

Recent years have seen an explosion of research in this field, and Centrosome Research provides …

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Arthritis Research & Therapy’s new look

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Following its recent move to online-only publication, Arthritis Research & Therapy is the latest journal to relaunch on BioMed Central’s new website platform.

The new website is an improved look for the journal, providing an enhanced user experience for our authors and readers.

New features include:

Tabbed style browsing – navigate as you would in your usual web browser, quickly and conveniently
Editors’ picks – read selected research and review highlights on the journal homepage
Streamlined ‘My Arthritis Research & Therapy’ section – sidebar navigation allows you to edit preferences easily and collate your favourite manuscripts

The new and more modern platform will enable the journal to progressively add new functionality and we’re keen to receive your feedback to help make the most of …

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Translational stem cell genomics

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The stem cell field is a highly exciting area for both basic and translational research. In light of this, Genome Medicine, with Guest Editor Stuart Orkin, is launching a series of review and comment articles highlighting the most important and topical issues – the recent breakthroughs, controversies, challenges and medical implications – in stem cell research.

Genome Medicine’s thematic series on stem cell genomics will be presented together with related, specially commissioned content from two of our sister journals. The more basic biological aspects of stem cell biology will be covered by BMC Biology, while BMC Medicine is focusing on the efforts currently underway to take stem cell therapies to the clinic.

Genome Medicine is now seeking submissions of …

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BMC Biophysics – a new BMC-series journal

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PMC Biophysics has this week re-launched in its new format as BMC Biophysics with an expanded scope and Editorial Board. The ‘P to B’ transition is the consequence of integrating PhysMath Central journals into existing Springer and BioMed Central portfolios which has resulted in this very welcome addition to the BMC series.

As part of the BMC series, BMC Biophysics will “fill its own niche in the BMC series alongside BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Medical Physics, BMC Structural Biology and BMC Systems Biology”, says Elizabeth Moylan, BMC-Series Editor for Biology, in her editorial.

BMC Biology, the flagship biology journal of the BMC series, marks the recruitment of the journal to the series …

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Stem Cell Research & Therapy kick-starts its series on epigenetics and regulation

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Haematopoiesis, the process by which phenotypically distinct mature cells are generated from multipotent blood stem cells, is one of the best understood models of adult stem cell development and differentiation.

In their recently published review in Stem Cell Research & Therapy, Bertie Göttgen’s group from the University of Cambridge discuss the transcriptional regulation of haematopoetic transcription factors. Transcription factors directly regulate gene expression and play key roles in stem cell maintenance, lineage commitment and differentiation; they are powerful regulators of normal development and their misexpression has previously been found to cause leukaemia. The authors review recent studies that have identified specific regulatory codes within multiple modular regulatory regions in the genome, and how tissue-specific expression is mediated by …

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