Monthly Archives: March 2017
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.
Increased levels of psychological distress and suicidal behavior were observed in light of the 2008/2009 economic recession. Little is known, however, about the experiences of those seeking help.
Dr. Barnes talks to us about her research, published today in BMC Psychiatry, in this latest BioMed Central podcast.
Systematically producing colour-blind fish • Reducing diabetes risk with weight management • SSRIs vs. placebo in patients with major depressive disorder • Characterising a new species: Caenorhabditis monodelphis • Investigating the evolution of reaction norms across tropical butterflies • Reviewing the UK management of HIV in pregnancy • Do predator cues affect trait variability in marine dinoflagellates? • BMC Research Notes goes back to its roots!
In the wake of the World Health Organization’s recent publication of a global priority list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria the increasing risk of antibiotic resistance has become even more apparent. In the following blog post Sheldon Stone highlights the need for better reporting, using the ORION guidelines, for outbreak reports of nosocomial infection. There is clearly a need for as much high quality data as possible about these infections and the ORION guidelines provide a valuable tool for researchers hoping to maximize the impact of their research.4