Monthly Archives: February 2013

Marking 25 years in metazoan phylogeny- happy birthday Darwin


Twenty-five years ago today, on the 12th February 1988, a landmark article was published in Science describing a phylogenetic tree of the metazoans, derived from molecular data. The article, by Katherine Field and colleagues (widely referred to as ‘Field et al.’), represented the first use of small subunit ribosomal RNA to establish the metazoan phylogeny…. Read more »


Seduction songs, muscular malaise and shifting seaweed: BMC Biology's January research round-up

Songs of seduction deconstructed For most of us, birdsong is charming, or perhaps an annoying wake-up call; for neuroscientists, it is also an important model system for complex learned behaviours. The behaviours are reasonably accessible to study, but true understanding will require a knowledge of the underlying biomechanics, and this in turn requires a very… Read more »


In memory of Kuan-Teh Jeang, a virologist who helped to promote open access publishing and leadership development among Asian scientists

shibo tribute

A tribute by Shibo Jiang (Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai, China On the morning of January 29, 2013 when I turned on my computer, I saw the first email saying “It is with great sadness that we have heard Kuan-Teh Jeang passed away suddenly on Sunday night”. My first reaction is “Oh my… Read more »


Call for papers: Next generation sequencing for plant research

NGS in plant research

The first articles in this series have now been published at: During 2013, Plant Methods welcomes submissions to a special thematic series on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies. The idea for the series arose out of the recent joint GARNet–Genetics Society meeting on “New Technologies to Advance Plant Research” held in November 2012 at… 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 »


Publishing names in the digital era

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So that scientific research on animals can be communicated confidently, it is important to ensure that the naming of species is stable and universal. For animal species, the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) acts as an advisory body for the zoological community by ensuring the correct use of animal species names. As such, they… Read more »


Kuan-Teh Jeang, M.D. Ph.D

Kuan-Teh Jeang

It is with great sadness that we announce that Kuan-Teh Jeang M.D. Ph.D., Associate Editor for Cell & Bioscience, passed away suddenly in the night of 27th January 2013. Dr Jeang was a prominent figure in research on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the human tumor virus HTLV, and published prolifically on the disease-causing… Read more »


Planting trees may alleviate global warming in Europe

As a result of human industrial activities, atmospheric carbon is increasing. This increase has significantly contributed to the climate change that we are experiencing in the world today, and the increasingly worrying predicted changes in climate in the near future. Much scientific research and effort is therefore currently being put into mitigating for these changes… Read more »