Monthly Archives: May 2016

Plain cigarette packaging introduced in the UK


Following cigarette packaging legislation introduced in the UK, cigarette packs will now be a single color and covered with large health warning images. Studies on the health impact of standardized cigarette packs suggest they can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through. We look at some of the research on this topic, published in BMC Public Health.


The Age of the Ice Plant

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum flower

The Ice Plant gets its name from the glistening appearance of the specialized cells covering its surface. A new study in BMC Plant Biology uses Omics approaches to further characterize the role of these cells in salt tolerance and plant metabolism.