Biological Procedures Online is now publishing with BioMed Central

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Biological Procedures Online, an open access journal focusing on improving access to techniques and methods in the medical and biological sciences, has today published its first articles with BioMed Central.

“We are excited to inform all previous and future contributors, as well as our readers, that Biological Procedures Online has been transferred to the open access publisher BioMed Central, a powerhouse for the timely publishing of articles in online journals”, says Shulin Li, Editor-in-Chief, in his inaugural Editorial.

Biological Procedures Online publishes articles that feature step-by-step protocols that allow researchers to implement methods in "cookbook" fashion at the bench top. The journal is interested in work from innovators in the field of biology who have either successfully overcome technical …

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Neural Systems & Circuits; a forum for theory and experiment to interact.

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BioMed Central is pleased to announce the launch of a new open
access journal today, Neural
Systems & Circuits
, which will be under the leadership of
Editors-in-Chief Peter
Latham
and Venkatesh
Murthy

In the inaugural Editorial, the
co-Editors-in-Chief explain the need for a journal that encompasses all aspects
of circuit or systems level analysis, as the distance between theoretical and
experimental studies in neuroscience diminishes.  It is hoped that this
journal will foster communication between these two disciplines, allowing for a
greater understanding of the circuitry of the brain.  To this end, theory
papers will feature an introductory summary for the non-theorist.

The first articles published in Neural Systems & Circuits …

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Unravelling the complex genetics of Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common cause of non-traumatic neurological disability affecting young adults. Relatively little is known about the genetics of MS although a polygenic, multifactorial model of inheritance is implicated by epidemiological and genome-wide association studies. Prior to a recent collaborative study led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard Medical School, only a fraction of disease-related loci had been uncovered. The results of this new analysis were this week published by Genome Medicine.

In this study, Oksenberg and colleagues built upon the existing dataset and used logistic regression methodology to identify novel candidate genes associated with MS susceptibility.  The resulting genetic profile showed a significant enrichment of genes …

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Greg Petsko catches the world’s attention

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Ever since Genome Biology‘s inaugural issue 10 years ago, Greg Petsko (or his dogs) has contributed a monthly column in which he has given us his views on the state of genome science and science in general. He has rarely shied away from stating controversial opinions, and his column in October – which excoriates the Board of the State University of New York at Albany for closing whole departments for financial reasons – was no different.

Given the global economic crisis, university departmental closure is an issue that affects large numbers of people, and not just in the US. Indeed, a recent review of government spending in the UK has recommended swingeing cuts in university funding and has …

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New journal gives skeletal muscle scientists place to flex their open access muscles

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“I am fascinated by the molecular architecture and machinery of muscle cells, and I am constantly surprised by the number of cellular mechanisms that maintain muscle function. I am encouraged by these discoveries, too, because all of these mechanisms provide us with many possibilities for attacking the muscle disease.” So says Kevin Campbell, HHMI Investigator, Roy J. Carver Distinguished Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at University of Iowa, and 2009 recipient of the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology.

Kevin, together with Michael Rudnicki (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute) and David Glass (Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research), is co-Editor-in-Chief of Skeletal Muscle, a new journal focusing on exploring the molecular mechanisms which underlie a …

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Journal of Clinical Bioinformatics – a new, emerging journal

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Journal of Clinical Bioinformatics (JCBi) is a new, open-access journal that has now published its first articles, and is the latest addition to BioMed Central’s bioinformatics and genomics portfolio. JCBi publishes novel research on all aspects of the development of bioinformatics approaches specifically related to clinical and translational medicine. Editors-in-Chief, Prof Xiangdong Wang from Fudan University and Prof Lance Liotta from George Mason University, reflect in their launch editorial on the importance of the clinical application of bioinformatics for the development of personalized healthcare, medication and therapies in this emerging subject.

The Editors-in-Chief also welcome you to join the affiliated and newly established International Society of Translational Medicine (ISTM), which will be …

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Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders is now accepting submissions!

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Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, a new open access journal publishing basic, translational, and clinical research on the pathophysiology of mood and anxiety disorders, is now open to submissions.

The journal welcomes research in all areas relevant to the disorders at the level of their underlying mechanisms, and especially encourages studies that examine developmental trajectories, individual differences, predictors of risk or treatment outcome, and pathophysiological mechanisms. Many experimental approaches are encouraged, from neuroimaging and molecular genetics studies, to psychophysiology, animal models, and pharmacology.

The soon to be launched journal is jointly overseen by co-Editors-in-Chief Ahmad Hariri (Duke University, USA) and Read more

It’s hard to keep all things angiogenic in one JAR!

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The editorial “It’s hard to keep all things angiogenic in one JAR!” published today in Vascular Cell discusses the exciting transition of the journal from Journal of Angiogenesis Research (JAR) to Vascular Cell. The editorial aptly summarises the rationale behind the move, which is to ensure that the journal title and scope continue to reflect the needs of the community contributing to and reading this publication.

The journal began as Journal of Angiogenesis Research in September 2009 and, as Editors-in-Chief Mark Slevin, Jan Kitajewski and Yihai Cao write in their editorial, “The publication platform, developed as a venue for angiogenic researchers, was found to be relevant and of interest to researchers studying the many facets of human vasculature, not …

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Fluids and Barriers of the CNS: a new journal encompassing Cerebrospinal Fluid Research

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Cerebrospinal Fluid Research was launched in 2004 and has been publishing articles covering all aspects of CSF and choroid plexus in health and disease. From today the journal’s scope has been expanded, and the journal re-launched, to incorporate research into all central nervous system (CNS) fluids and barrier systems.

The Editors-in-Chief, Hazel Jones and Tetsuya Terasaki, celebrate the re-launch of Cerebrospinal Fluid Research in its new format as Fluids and Barriers of the CNS with a new website and several topical articles that highlight the new scope. In their re-launch editorial discussing the aims of the new journal, Hazel and Tetsuya comment on the need for a journal that brings together the different interdisciplinary niches of research focusing …

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Cell & Bioscience launches with BioMed Central

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Cell & Bioscience, a new open access journal, has launched today with BioMed Central as the official journal of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA).

Led by Editor-in-Chief, Yun-Bo Shi, Cell & Bioscience publishes high-impact research of broad interest in all areas of the life sciences, covering fields such as molecular and cell biology, cancer biology and immunology. In his inaugural editorial, Yun-Bo Shi comments on the rapid growth of open access publishing and the need for a new journal in the field to reach both Western and Asian audiences.

The SCBA, founded 26 years ago, is the largest organization of Chinese bioscientists outside of Asia. "As we enter the 21st century, science in Asia …

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