Mammalian limbs display considerable diversity, despite the same genes being involved in the development of these differing limbs. New research, published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology, looks at whether differences in gene expression can explain this apparent paradox. Lead authors Jennifer Maier and Karen Sears explain more in this guest blog.
Monthly Archives: March 2017
The remarkable strength of spider silk is matched by its diverse uses. New research, recently published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, uncovers a comparable diversity in the genes encoding spider silk proteins. Author Nadia Ayoub tells us more about her research, and its potential for human applications.
New research published today in BMC Medical Genomics uses a machine learning algorithm to analyze the complexity of cancer tumors in the hope that this will lead to more effective personalized treatments. Here to tell us more about this research and her personal connection to it is co-author of the study Shirley Pepke.
East Asian dog breeds like the Chow Chow are amongst the most ancient breeds of dog and represent a basal lineage of dog evolution. To further investigate the origins of these breeds, a study published in BMC Genomics compares the genome sequences of Chow Chows, gray wolves and other dogs to provide a fascinating insight into the development of East Asian breeds and the distinctive features of the Chow Chow.
Cystic fibrosis sufferers are especially susceptible to infections. New research, recently published in BMC Microbiology, investigates why these infections can spread between patients despite an apparent lack of virulence in the bacterial populations causing them. Lead author Siobhan O’Brien tells us more about her work.
Wednesday 8th March, 2017, marks International Women’s Day. The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange. This is a global day, observed since the early 1900’s, to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Different regions in the world celebrate in various fashion. It is a public holiday in certain countries which include Afghanistan, Belarus, Cambodia, Moldova and Russia whilst the day is declared a holiday only for women in China, Madagascar and Nepal.