Monthly Archives: March 2017
Beyond DNA barcoding: the species description of the nematode Caenorhabditis monodelphis includes its whole genome sequence
A new species of nematode worm was recently described for the first time in BMC Zoology. The authors of the work tell us about the significance of the species description being published alongside a complete genome sequence and how their work helps put the famous C.elegans into its proper evolutionary context.
Recently published research in BMC Surgery finds an alarming rate of perforations in gloves used by surgeons in an Ethiopian hospital. As Natalia Marczewska tells us, this highlights the risks that arise from the limited resources available to doctors in the developing world.
Mother’s day is a special occasion to honour mothers and influential mother-like figures. It is a day to celebrate motherhood and a time where love, gratitude and appreciation is shown through acts of kindness and the giving of gifts to mothers. Different regions in the world observe Mother’s day on different dates. It is most commonly celebrated in the months of March or May and this year in the UK Mother’s Day will be on Sunday 26th March. This Mother’s Day, join BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth in exploring and highlighting the importance of maternal health.
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.
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.