One of the most important questions in evolutionary biology is whether multiple changes in animal behavior share a genetic basis across species. One particularly interesting species to look at is the blind cavefish which exhibit human Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)-like symptoms. In their paper published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, a group of researchers used this fish as an animal model to study the genetic mechanisms underlying ASD.1
Monthly Archives: June 2018
Gallbladder cancer: a rare, deadly disease with an abnormally high incidence in Native American populations of New Mexico
Gallbladder Cancer is a rare, yet deadly cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. It has an odd geographical distribution with hotspots across the globe. It is rare in the Western hemisphere and yet, shows an abnormally high incidence among the Native American populations of New Mexico. In a review published in BMC Cancer, lead authors Drs. Rama Gullapalli and Ursa Brown-Glaberman review the literature of this peculiar cancer and highlight the current hurdles faced by clinical oncologists in treating this cancer effectively.1
It is well known amongst birdwatchers that if you want to see many different species of bird, the best places to visit are in the Southern Hemisphere. So why is there so much more bird species diversity here compared to, for example, regions of Europe? Here, Daniel Field and Allison Hsiang describe their research, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, where they examined a 52-million-year-old fossil bird to find out more.3
June is International Pride Month. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals with their straight allies gather in cities all across the world to celebrate their true selves while recognizing the struggles they face. In New York City, the birthplace of the gay rights movement, will have their Pride parade on June 24th.1
In a recent BMC Evolutionary Biology publication, researchers use a phylogenomics analysis to disentangle the relationships of Formica genus ants, making suggestions for the evolutionary origin of slave-making. They propose an explanation for this behaviour that has puzzled generations of biologists, including Charles Darwin himself.
Oxytocin receptor gene methylation in social and emotional functioning • Safe smart phone sound levels •Causes of death among street-connected children and youth in Eldoret, Kenya • The evolution of Apoidea: the sister group of bees • Conscientious objection to participation in abortion by midwives and nurses • Cone beam computed tomography in implant dentistry
The closing date for entries has been extended to 15th October 2018 We are delighted to announce that the 6th annual BMC Ecology image competition launches today! We are calling for ecologists around the world to submit their images. We created the competition as a chance for ecologists to share their research and photographic skills, and… Biology
An article recently published in BMC Public Health looks at how a ‘3 of your 5-a-day’ versus a ‘1 of your 5-a-day’ smoothie product label affects subsequent consumption of fruit and vegetables.