Monthly Archives: March 2018

The importance of understanding vagus nerve activity


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.


Economists listen to Ecologists: On Biology at the World Economic Forum


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.

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(Re)constructing a fundamental cellular structure: The stacked Golgi apparatus

Barlow blog highlight

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.