A new open access journal, Movement Ecology, has launched today with BioMed Central. The journal will publish articles across all taxa and relating to any movement phenomena addressing important research questions on the patterns, mechanisms, causes and consequences of organismal movement.
Movement is a fundamental function shared by all living organisms, although how, where, why and when they move differs enormously. The movement of organisms is central to many important themes in current research, including global warming, habitat fragmentation, epidemiology and species invasions. Thanks to a number of recent breakthroughs in technology, data analysis and conceptual frameworks, this field can now expand and evolve further, with the aim of developing a …
To celebrate the ground-breaking achievements being made in plant genomics research, Genome Biology has published a special issue, guest edited by Mario Caccamo (The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, UK) and Erich Grotewold (The Ohio State University, USA), dedicated to genomics research of a distinctly green nature. For those of you who would like an overview of the topic of plant genomics, a great place to start is by checking out our guest editors’ editorial on the subject. We also have a bumper selection of Review articles to enthrall avid followers of plant research, ranging from crop genomics and biofuels to how plants interact with their biotic and abiotic environments.
Do we still …
The ancestral crocodylian evolved multiple, multisensory micro-organs located on their skin which can detect chemical, thermal, and mechanical changes in their environment finds new research published in EvoDevo today. This helps to explain how crocodylians were able to evolve their highly armoured skin whilst retaining sensory capabilities required for survival in the numerous environments in which they live.
Armoured plating provides protection but usually also carries the drawback of reduced sensory capabilities- which can be a problem if you hunt prey in murky water. However, as researchers from the University of Geneva have discovered, crocodylians (which include true crocodiles, gharials, alligators and caiman) have an ingenious and unique solution to this problem. They have Read more
To commemorate 60 years of the double helix, Genome Biology ran a special 'DNA60IFX' bioinformatics challenge, inspired by the annual contests held at our Beyond The Genome conferences.
Several hundred eager participants had a stab at the first stage of the challenge, which was whittled down to a final set of 24 battle-hardy bioinformaticians who were able to provide us with the correct step to the final, fifth problem in the three hours before we announced the winners (and answers).
Well, I say bioinformaticians, but some contestants had in fact attempted the competition with no prior knowledge of bioinformatics, including the runner-up Kevin Wang, a physics undergrad. And for us, this speaks to one of the …
Many years of legal argument culminated this week in a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court. In Association for Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Genetics, the SCOTUS judges ruled – unanimously – that isolated human genes are a product of nature and, as such, are not eligible for patent protection.
As advances in technology, namely the ease with which genes can now be sequenced, cast gene patents in an ever more anomalous light, Genome Biology and our sister journal Genome Medicine tackled the issue from a number of angles. You might even say that we brought a myriad of views to the debate…
Back in 2010, regular Genome Biology contributor Steven Salzberg published a
That DNA methylation studies change the way we perceive genetic regulation should be clear to anyone who has read last year’s Genome Biology special issue on epigenomics (if you haven’t yet – you definitely should!). Changes in DNA methylation have been associated with cancer, neurodevelopmental diseases and all sorts of metabolic disorders. The role of DNA methylation in cell differentiation and reprogramming has also been previously described.
In other words, DNA methylomics has become a convenient tool. Whenever some more or less inexplicable changes in the cell occur, you can say: look, DNA methylation is affected too! And it almost invariably will be. Which is why the rare studies demonstrating otherwise are so important: reminding us that in biology …
In January we published CGAL – a new metric for the evaluation of genome assembly quality. This article was a result of a fairly recent revelation in the field that the traditionally defined N50 metric is not sufficient enough and new approaches are needed. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that the CGAL article was not the only one trying to address this issue in recent months.
Some of the proposed solutions, including CGAL, are based on assembly likelihoods. Others use modified N50 metrics. But they are all lacking in one respect: ease of use. And this should be a priority: with gargantuan genome sequencing projects, aiming to complete not just one genome but as many as thousands …
Female strawberry poison dart frogs can be non-choosy when it comes to finding a mate concludes research published in Frontiers in Zoology today. In a population with a strongly biased sex ratio and low trait variance between males, females receive no benefit from expending energy and effort searching out the ‘fittest’ mate. Instead they lose no time in seeking out the male in the closest proximity as a partner.
Ivonne Meuche, from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, and her team continuously observed mating behaviour of 20 female Oophaga pumilio frogs, during the time period between two successive ovipositions. In parallel, they measured surrounding males’ behaviour and spatial distribution in order to establish what was important …
Genome Biology is very pleased to announce the Guest Editors of our special issue on the RBPome as John Rinn and Jernej Ule. The issue will be published in late 2013.
RNA binding proteins and their recognition elements within the transcriptome
The issue will focus on RNA binding proteins (RBPs), and the RNA molecules and motifs to which they bind: it is this RNA landscape, sculpted by RBPs, that we believe to be a particularly exciting and fast-moving area of research at the present time.
Or, as John puts it: "Almost all RNA genes function through protein interactions - with the ongoing explosion of RNA genes …
Acta Neuropathologica Communications (ANC), a new open access journal focusing on the pathology and mechanisms of neurological disease has launched today with BioMed Central. Led by Editor-in-Chief Werner Paulus, a Professor of Neuropathology at University Hospital Münster, the journal hopes to emulate the success of its older, sister journal, Acta Neuropathalogica published by Springer.
Like Acta Neuropathalogica, ANC will publish high quality research and aims to get a decision on manuscripts to authors within 11 days, however it differs in the fact that it will only publish manuscripts which require no or only minor revisions. Werner Paulus explains the rational for this policy in his launch Editorial “One of the chief complaints from …