Monthly Archives: June 2009

11th ICMAOI Conference – Proceedings

Proceedings from the 11th ICMAOI Conference have been published as a supplement in the IAC journal. The published abstracts show the vast range of subjects covered during the ICMAOI Conference and the high quality of presentations. The next Conference will be held in the Spring of 2010 on the NIH Campus, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Information regarding the upcoming… Read more »


BioMed Central on location in Taipei

Following a gruelling 15 hour flight (my longest to date), I arrived in downtown Taipei to attend the 12th International Symposium of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA). 2009 is the 25th Anniversary of SCBA and the 2nd time that the society had held their biennial meeting in Taiwan. With sessions at the… Read more »


BMC, Nature, and Science attend the 12th Biennial Symposium of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America, June 15th -18th, in Taipei

Charlotte Hubbard and Matt McKay represented Biomed Central at the Society of Chinese Bioscientists (SCBA) recent meeting in Taipei.  Charlotte made a presentation to the SCBA on BMC’s publishing efforts with society journals.  Charlotte Hubbard (BMC), Kuan-Teh Jeang (Retrovirology), and Matt McKay (BMC) at the SCBA meeting. The meeting was also attended by David Cyranoski, chief… Read more »

Biology Open Access

Retrovirology stays towards the top in 2008 Impact Factor ranking of basic research virology journals

The Journal Citation Report of 2008 Impact Factors for journals tracked by ISI Thomson was released this past Friday.  Amongst the top four journals that primarily publish basic (as opposed to clinical) original virological research, J. Virol., Virology, and J. Gen. Virol.  experienced small reductions in their 2008 impact factors.  On the other hand, the Impact Factor… Read more »

Biology Open Access

Asbestos in the pathogenesis of Mesothelioma

A special message from the Mesothelioma Cancer Center Throughout the 20th century, a naturally occurring mineral known as asbestos as used extensively in a number of military and industrial applications. The most common uses of asbestos were for insulation, flooring, piping and brake lining. Asbestos was valued so much because of its durability and resistance to… Read more »


BioMed Central at ISMB & ECCB 2009

The 17th International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) & 8th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB) is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden this month (29 June – 2 July) and BioMed Central is busy gearing up for the event. The ISMB & ECCB conference is the leading international meeting bringing together researchers… Read more »


Carcinogenic Classification of HPVs

There is still turmoil on the classification of HPV carcinogenicity, particularly for the weakly carcinogenic types. The subject has been discussed at the IARC Meeting B on biological carcinogenic agents, and Mark Schiffman is reporting in the current IAC Editorial the scientific approach used for the re-classification. Not all scientists, neither all IARC participants, fully… Read more »