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Microbiology: Infant eczema – a microbial link
The guts of infants begin to be colonized by microbes from their first exposure to the world after birth. There has been much study linking the composition of this microbiota to the development of allergic diseases, with conflicting results. A new study published this month in BMC Microbiology uses a high-throughput approach to identify the diversity of bacteria present in the guts of children with eczema during early childhood. Lotta Nylund and colleagues found that children with eczema had a more diverse and adult-like microbiota …
The BMC series is delighted to host a series of companion articles to the publication of the swine genome.
The articles are published in a number of BMC series journals and the journal GigaScience are gathered on a cross-journal article series page. The papers cover a broad spectrum of subjects related to the pig genome: more details of the content is given in our blog, “Companion articles to the swine genome sequence“.
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BioMed Central first approached the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN), the body providing the rules by which animal species are named, in September 2005. We wanted to ensure that our journals best served the needs of the taxonomy and biodiversity research communities and ensure that we complied with the rules of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.
In order to comply with ‘the Code’, BioMed Central had to guarantee that printed copies of papers describing zoological taxa were available at five major publicly accessible libraries. This was a slightly bizarre state of affairs in the digital age, when anyone could simply access the article online.
The ICZN proposed a revision to ‘the Code’ in 2008, to expand …
BMC Evolutionary Biology, BMC Developmental Biology and EvoDevo will be attending two upcoming conferences in the next two weeks: the First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology in Ottawa and the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology conference in Lisbon.
Evolution Ottawa is a joint conference of the American Society of Naturalists, the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists, and will be hosting a record 2300 delegates between July 6th-10th. The conference covers the whole spectrum of evolutionary biology so promises to provide an illuminating overview of a diverse …
Accompanying the publication of the tammar wallaby genome sequence in Genome Biology, BioMed Central also has a pouchful of companion articles in a cross-journal article series.
The focus of several of these studies is on the insights that the genome sequence offers into marsupial immune systems. Emily Wong and colleagues present a database of immune genes identified from several marsupial and monotreme species. This gives researchers a new tool for exploring immune function in these groups and more broadly in understanding the evolution of the mammalian immune system. In another study, Wong et al. also compare the genes expressed in the twin thymus glands of wallabies to understand the immune function of each organ, finding that both are …