Monthly Archives: May 2013

The extent of arsenic pollution in contaminated groundwater

Written By Rhiannon Meaden, Journal Development Editor, Environmental Evidence. Technology is inadequately assessed for effectiveness to reduce arsenic contamination in groundwater finds a new systematic review published in Environmental Evidence today. Many investigations into the effectiveness of these intervention strategies are poorly devised and thus cannot be relied upon to provide an evidence base for… Read more »

Biology Developing World

Twins to win

To mark the passing of the sun into Gemini, this month Genome Biology has published a special issue on twin studies. Not really: we just had a lot of twin studies and they all fortuitously ended up being published in May. But they’re good studies, so we thought it was worth highlighting them here. Human… Read more »


Proteins programme snails shells to coil

Lymnaea stagnalis

 It is thanks to the graded concentration of a protein that snails’ shells are coiled according to new research published in EvoDevo today. In coil-shelled snails, this protein concentration gradient originates from a spot on the right or left of the mantle –  corresponding to the dextral or sinistral nature of the coil. In limpets,… Read more »


Peer review – eLife goes portable

Selective journals, in particular journals that select on grounds of interest or importance, inevitably disappoint many authors of papers that ought to be published. Aspiring authors may submit their papers to three or four or even more journals in succession before acceptance, consuming referees and losing time with each submission. So it is a good… Read more »


News from 35th SBFC

Biotechnology for Biofuels attended the 35th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals  (29th April – 1st May) hosted by the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB). Jim McMillan (NREL, meeting co-organizer and Associate Editor for Biotechnology for Biofuels) opened the meeting. He mentioned the long history of the Symposium and how in recent… Read more »


Dr Christopher Wild re-elected as Director of IARC

Lyon, France, 21 May 2013 – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has the pleasure of announcing the re-election of Dr Christopher Wild as Director of this specialized cancer research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). The IARC Governing Council, made up of representatives of 24 Participating States plus the Director-General of… Read more »


A Clinical Oncology Section for IAC Journal

Global Health programs are key goals of many internationally oriented Health Institutes and Organizations, and within such approach a Global Oncology program will become a major, crucial objective. Infectious diseases are in general under control (with some emerging and re-emerging episode), life expectancy is globally increasing, and incidence as well as disease-burden of cancers (associated… Read more »


A new perspective on ancient human genomic diversity

    It’s commonly discussed how each of our genomes contains a story documenting the migration by our ancient ancestors.  This is most certainly true in that it is apparent we all originated from Africa and migrated to other continents from there. A study published today in Investigative Genetics proposes that some of the genetic… Read more »