Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cutlery: do size, weight, shape and color matter?

Vanessa Harrar and Charles Spence from the University of Oxford found that the appearance of cutlery can affect perception of a food’s taste. Food tastes saltier when eaten from a knife, and denser and more expensive from a light plastic spoon. Taste was also affected by the color of the cutlery.


Canine Genetics and Epidemiology is now accepting submissions

Jessica Keating / DPOTY 2013 / KCPL (c)

Canine Genetics and Epidemiology (CGE) is a new peer-reviewed open access journal, published by BioMed Central with the support and backing of the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs. CGE is now accepting manuscript submissions via the journal’s homepage. The journal will consider genetic, genomic and epidemiological… Read more »


Reflections on the DNA60IFX bioinformatics challenge


To commemorate 60 years of the double helix, Genome Biology ran a special 'DNA60IFX' bioinformatics challenge, inspired by the annual contests held at our Beyond The Genome conferences. Several hundred eager participants had a stab at the first stage of the challenge, which was whittled down to a final set of 24 battle-hardy bioinformaticians who… Read more »


82% Efficacy of the HPV Vaccines

Cases of certain HPV strains have plunged 56 percent among females 14 years old to 19 years old since the first vaccine, Merck & Co. (MRK)’s Gardasil, was introduced in 2006, according to an article yesterday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The shot is 82 percent effective against the virus that can cause cervical… Read more »


Yeast factories: engineering bioethanol production through evolution

This post was originally featured on BioMed Central’s magazine Biome. In order to create truly sustainable biofuels, researchers are investigating methods to produce bioethanol from waste plant dry matter, such as wood and straw, known as lignocellulosic feedstocks. The industrial yeast (S. cerevisiae) already used to make bioethanol from glucose-rich crops, such as maize and… Read more »


Home gardens for food security

Written by Rhiannon Meaden, Journal Development Editor, Agriculture & Food Security Home gardens can be used to alleviate hunger, malnutrition, economic hardship and disease. These are the findings of a comprehensive literature review by Galhena et al., published today in Agriculture & Food Security, which investigates the uses of home gardens in the context of food security, and specifically in… Read more »

Biology Developing World

A global model of avian influenza prediction in wild birds


Keiko Herrick and colleagues at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have put forward a model of avian influenza virus (AIV) prediction in wild birds, published yesterday in Veterinary Research. This is the first large-scale large ecological niche model for avian influenza in wild birds based on machine-learning algorithms. The authors mined surveillance data for 2005-2010… Read more »


Epigenetics may be the future for bird farming


  Epigenetics could play an important role in the future of bird breeding and selection methods, according to a new review published in Genetics Selection Evolution today. There is hope that our increasing knowledge of epigenetic influence on development may help the future bird farming industry to meet the growing world food demand.  Frésard et… Read more »