Monthly Archives: July 2018
For the first time, BMC attended the second ToxiLatin conference which was focused on the theme of “Modern Toxicology for Health and Prevention”. Over four days, more than 800 attendees including scientists, postgraduates and graduate students went to talks and over 400 poster presentations.
Recently published research in BMC Public Health finds an association between cumulative sleep deprivation and higher depression scores in young women but not in men, adding new evidence on the role of sleep deprivation in depression risk among young people and the influence of gender. Here to tell us about their findings and how their research took a different approach to previous studies are two of the authors, Annalijn I. Conklin and Christopher G. Richardson.
Social insect colonies consist of castes with different roles, each with their specialized body types and behaviors. New research published in BMC Zoology finds that in army ants, the behaviorally limited soldiers also have proportionally smaller brains than workers, supporting the idea of evolution favoring reduced brain size in castes with limited behavioral demands.
A new study, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, investigates the population genetic structure and evolutionary history of the threatened, bamboo-eating Bale monkeys inhabiting the continuous forest of the Bale Mountains and fragmented forests of the Sidamo Highlands in southern Ethiopia. Surprisingly the authors find deep genetic differentiation between the two populations. Here, lead author, Dr. Addisu Mekonnen, tells us about the research and what it means for the conservation of this rare species.
In a paper recently published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, an international team of scientists describes how evasion of host immunity by a clonal variant of the potato blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans is associated with variation in gene expression without any apparent underlying genetic changes. We asked the senior authors of the study, Vivianne G.A.A. Vleeshouwers, Hannele Lindqvist-Kreuze and Sophien Kamoun, to tells us about their work.
Effect of hypnosis on prostate cancer patients • Patients’ beliefs about osteoarthritis • Association between sleep duration and metabolic syndrome • Two new BMC engineering journals • Early morning smoking and asthma risk • Risk factors for MRSA bacteremia prediction • Possible link between autism and blind cavefish
The field of palaeoproteomics holds great potential for archaeologists and evolutionary biologists. In a paper recently published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, Frido Welker of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig investigated the efficacy of error-tolerant searches for palaeoproteomic studies, highlighting some potential problems and solutions for studying whole proteomes from ancient hominin species.
Adaptive radiation is the evolutionary process whereby a single ancestor can rapidly diverge into a wide variety of species according to different environmental conditions. It is a poorly understood process due to a lack of information on the critical early stage of divergence. Here, Darko Cotoras describes research published in BMC Evolutionary Biology performed by himself and colleagues that provides a missing link in the process of adaptive radiation.