Monthly Archives: February 2013

BMC Psychology officially launches!

Welcome to BMC Psychology, an exciting and innovative new publication outlet aimed at the dissemination of cutting-edge research relevant to the field of psychological science and complementary disciplines. The journal is the latest addition the BMC series family and is the first dedicated open access journal of its kind in the field of psychological research…. Read more »


Defining bacterial species in the genomic era: insights from the genus Acinetobacter

A recent paper in BMC Microbiology argues that delineation of bacterial species based purely on whole genome sequences is both feasible and desirable. In this guest blog, the authors outline why. In the early eighteenth century, in his Systema Naturae, Linnaeus provided the first workable hierarchical classification of species, based on the clustering of organisms… Read more »


Genomic insights into Darwin's finch

Evolutionary insights from the genome of the Galápagos finch provide a fitting birthday present for Charles Darwin Today is International Darwin Day, a celebration held in honour of Charles Darwin’s birthday on February 12th, 1809.  This provides a very special opportunity to acknowledge Darwin’s enormous contribution to our understanding of the evolutionary origin of species,… Read more »


Singing flies and DIY

The musical chirping of crickets will be a familiar sound to readers, but many other insects have their own songs too. In the laboratory stalwart Drosophila fruit fly, males “sing” to females during courtship by vibrating their wings to produce different sinusoidal patterns that may not seem very melodic to you or me, but –… Read more »


BMC Women's Health welcomes our new editorial board

We are delighted to announce that BMC Women’s Health has officially moved to a peer review process where manuscripts are handled by a group of distinguished Section Editors with the help of Associate Editors. We expect this to substantially reduce our processing times, and lead to improved decision making and reviewer selection. We have a… Read more »


Highlights of the BMC-series: January 2013

Infant eczema – a microbial link • Identifying Intimate Partner Violence • It’s a dogslife for canine disease • Aquatic athletes • Barcoding biodiversity in the sub-Arctic • Cancer on Twitter 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… Read more »

Biology Health Medicine

World Cancer Day 2013

February 4th is World Cancer Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness and education about cancer, and encouraging governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease. This year’s World Cancer Day will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer. The aim is… Read more »