It is that time of year again where we look back and view the accomplishments of the journal and interesting research published. 2016 was an exciting year for the journal which included the launch of the much anticipated article collection, ‘Ending Preventable Stillbirths’, and publication of a vast variety of articles in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Now that 2017 is upon us, we highlight some of the most popular papers from the past 12 months in the journal.
Monthly Archives: January 2017
With many different animal diseases being reported and with €800 million being spent each year in Europe, how do you decide where to prioritize research and target research funding that will effectively help develop new and improved vaccines, pharmaceuticals and diagnostic tests to control and eradicate animal diseases? A recent publication in BMC Veterinary Research addresses this question. Here, Editor Hayley Henderson discusses the important work conducted by the DISCONTOOLS initiative with first author Declan O’Brien and the implications for future research.
Described today in BMC Evolutionary Biology is a new species of lobopodian, a group that lived around 500 million years ago and is ancestral to modern arthropods – the animal group that includes insects, spiders, scorpions, and crustaceans. In this guest blog, expert in the field Dave Marshall explains the significance of this new discovery.
From a very young age we are taught in biology classes that in nature male animals are the pretty ones, while females are boring. These sex differences are easy to observe, with the showy tail feathers of male peacocks and the mane of the lion being some of the most well-known examples. For years scientists… Read more »
Variants of the fat mass and obesity associated (FTO) gene have been shown to be linked to obesity. Here, Shane Heffernan and Alun Williams describe their research into how FTO genetic variation can also have an effect on skeletal muscle and whether someone is likely to become an elite athlete.
2016 has been a fascinating year for BMC Systems Biology. For one more year, our published articles have produced exciting research, covering a wide spectrum of subjects. The ever advancing computational capabilities, along with the increasing and multi-level amount of available data, have resulted in a very diverse and integrative research yield. Here, we take a glimpse at some of the most popular articles.
Thomas Cullen and David Evans discuss their research, recently published in BMC Ecology, addressing a long-standing and perplexing question in dinosaur ecology: why did North American large-bodied dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period have such narrow ranges – in stark contrast to their modern-day mammal equivalents?