Earwig mothers provide considerable maternal care for their offspring. Yet surprisingly, recently published research in BMC Evolutionary Biology finds that the presence of their mother has no benefits for earwig offspring, at least in terms of immunity to infections. Lead author Fanny Vogelweith tells us more.
Recently published research in BMC Neuroscience reports on the development of a new rat model to help answer a long-standing question: can anesthetic help protect the brain from damage following a stroke? This video summarises the findings.
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.
To mark World Tuberculosis Day, Shari Fell discusses her research, recently published in BMC Microbiology, that uses new magnetic capture technology to improve the detection of bovine TB in both cattle and wild deer
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.
Sabine Hänniger and Astrid Groot discuss their new research, recently published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, that finds a single gene may underlie the change in mating behavior that could result in two strains of the fall armyworm diverging into two different species.
BMC Systems Biology is delighted to announce the launch of a thematic series on ‘Systems Medicine’ and its associated ‘Call for papers’. Guest Editor Dimiter Dimitrov talks more about the ideas behind the series.