Monthly Archives: April 2014

Better off together: BSCB-BSDB joint conference

Last month saw the annual joint Spring conference of the annual British Society of Cell Biology and British Society of Developmental Biology at the University of Warwick. BMC Cell Biology and BMC Developmental Biology were lucky enough to attend. As is often the case, although a national conference it attracted a diverse range of speakers… Read more »


Meet the Editor: BMC Hematology at BSH14

BMC Hematology

This year the British Society for Haematology’s Annual Meeting is being held in Birmingham, UK, and BMC Hematology will be there. The program will cover all aspects of hematology, and promises to be an extremely interesting conference. If you would like to meet to discuss your work, the current state of your field, publishing in… Read more »


Metagenomics: tools, comparisons and many applications

We take a look back at recent developments in the fast-paced field of metagenomics – and look forward to what the future has in store The term metagenomics first appeared in a publication in 1998 and according to Wikipedia ‘…is the study of metagenomes, genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples‘, and involves the sequencing… Read more »


Uncovering the secrets of the cryptic bushbabies

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The charmingly named bushbabies (or galagos, from the family name Galagidae) are famously large-eyed nocturnal primates, native to continental Africa. An intriguing family, the Galagidae contains one of the smallest living primates, Galagoides rondoensis, weighing in at ~60g but it is also home to some species that can grow as large as a domestic cat…. Read more »


Highlights of the BMC-series: March 2014


• Great tits hide their success • Soccer surface injury risk • Can students afford to specialise? • Cognitive enhancement in the healthy? • Coffee can help! • Nanoscale chromatin changes precede cancer • Liver transplant of inverted organs • Evolutionary biology: Great tits hide their success Pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) have been shown to… Read more »

Biology Medicine

World Health Day 2014 focuses on vector-borne diseases


World Health Day, which is celebrated on the 7th of April, selects a high priority theme for Public Health every year. This year’s goal for World Health Day is to raise awareness of the threats vectors and vector-borne diseases pose to communities and to empower people across the globe to protect themselves. The World Health… Read more »


A day at the races

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BMC Veterinary Research editorial adviser Professor Chris Proudman, leads Grand National vet team and chats about improvements to equine welfare Professor Chris Proudman, Head of the University of Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine, will soon swap Surrey for the racecourse at Aintree, where he will be part of the team overseeing the health and welfare… Read more »