Monthly Archives: August 2012

New psychology journal launched in the BMC series!

BMC Psychology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers manuscripts on all aspects of psychology, human behavior and the mind, including developmental, clinical, cognitive, experimental, social, evolutionary and educational psychology. The journal welcomes quantitative and qualitative research methods, including animal studies. We have a world class editorial board across all genres of psychology. For… Read more »


How to genetically modify a better garden

You like pretty flowers but your immune system hates their pollen? You wish your pretty flowers would bloom for just that little bit longer? Well, science is making it happen. In a new article published today in BMC Plant Biology, Begoña García-Sogo and colleagues from the Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (IBMCP)… Read more »


Genome Biology goes back to bases

One of the most awe-inspiring features of life is that every organism, from the sophistication of Albert Einstein to the minimalist existence of the simplest bacterium, is coded for by a genome sharing the same set of four bases: A, T, G and C. While there is an attractive mathematical elegance to the power of… Read more »


Convergent evolution in eukaryotic viruses

Research published today in Virology Journal shows the remarkable evolutionary history of an important group of viruses. The Nucleo-Cytoplasmic Large DNA Viruses (NCLDV) comprise at least six families of viruses that infect a broad variety of eukaryotic hosts. Poxviridae, Asfarviridae, Iridoviridae, Ascoviridae, Phycodnaviridae, and Mimiviridae are all thought to have evolved from one ancestral virus… Read more »


The difference between a mole and a shrew is in their SOX

Moles have specialised morphological features, that are highly adapted for their unusual underground lifestyle. One of the most apparent of these features is their specialised forelimbs, which are larger and more robust than their hind limbs. It has been hypothesized that this may be caused by differences in timing (heterochrony) in developmental mechanisms.In new research… Read more »