Research has shown the implication of stress early in life with depression, a common symptom in Parkinson’s Disease. This link may provide a role for antidepressents in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Here Dr Ernest Dalle, author of newly published research in Molecular Brain, tells us more.
Monthly Archives: March 2018
Among its many roles in the body, the vagus nerve is involved in suppressing damaging inflammation. Following on from research in which they mapped this inflammatory reflex, a team of researchers have now developed a new recording method for the vagus nerve in mice to further our understanding. This method is detailed in an article published today in Bioelectronic Medicine, an open access journal published by BMC in partnership with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Here we interviewed one the authors of paper, Dr. Harold Silverman, to find out more.1
The call of the raven is famous across folklore and mythology around the world, but what does it actually mean? A study published today in Frontiers in Zoology finds that the food associated ‘haa’ calls of common ravens (Corvus corax) contain useful information about the age and sex of the caller.
The World Economic Forum has a tradition of bringing together a sprinkling of academics and entrepreneurial innovators to mix with business and policy elites at their annual meeting in Davos. It is a rare opportunity for researchers to interact with such a diverse and influential audience, and all participants are encouraged to step back and consider the impact of their activities on the future state of the world. This year, with the increasing acceptance that continued economic growth depends on the health of the planet, the fragile biology of ecosystems was a prevalent theme.
A recent paper in Zoological Letters has explored the use of DNA metabarcoding to understand spider influence on food webs in a deciduous forest. Analysing their initial results, they found many spider species were predating above- and below-ground species, giving insights into the complicated trophic relationship between species.
The Golgi apparatus is a striking and fundamentally important organelle within eukaryotic cells, whose evolutionary origins are not fully understood. Research published today in BMC Biology helps uncover how the ancient Golgi may have formed and gained its important, stacked “pancake” structure. In this blog, author Lael Barlow discusses the research and explains the importance of taking an evolutionary approach to cell biology.