Monthly Archives: October 2013

CSI: Genome Biology

gratuitous photo of ted danson

The writers of popular forensics drama franchise CSI would be well advised to read Genome Biology today, as we publish an article that employs a widely used epigenetics assay to show that age can be predicted with reasonable accuracy from pretty much any human DNA sample, so long as it is sourced from healthy tissue…. Read more »


Fluids and Barriers of the CNS welcomes two new Editors-in-Chief


We are delighted to welcome Prof Lester Drewes (University of Minnesota) and Prof Richard Keep (University of Michigan) to their new positions as co-Editors-in-Chief of Fluids and Barriers of the CNS, working alongside Hazel Jones (King’s College London, UK). Lester Drewes is Professor and Head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Minnesota… Read more »


Genetic mosaicism: does epigenetics have anything to do with it?


Written by Dr Tomislav Horvat, University of Zagreb, Croatia Recently, I was reading about the phenomenon of genetic mosaicism and its implications for the development of human diseases. Generation of genetically distinct cells from a single zygote is caused by de novo mutational events, including large chromosomal alterations (whole-chromosome aneuploidy, segmental aneuploidy). In addition, advances… Read more »


A sorghum solution to meeting renewable fuel targets

This post was originally featured on BioMed Central’s magazine Biome. Grasses belonging to the genus Sorghum are grown on a large scale in the United States, mainly as animal feed. However, in light of drives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, sorghum has also been grown as a biofuel. Sorghum crops have potential benefits over corn… Read more »


Why do we age?

Old Polish lady

Written by Professor Monika Puzianowska-Kuznicka, Warsaw University, Poland It is still under debate why we age. The majority of gerontologists think that aging is not genetically programmed, but it results from accumulation of stochastic damage to all types of cellular molecules, and DNA damage seems to be the most important for the aging process. Nevertheless, on… Read more »


Light at night reduces melatonin levels in urban birds


 Urban birds wake earlier due to the suppression of melatonin production finds new research published in Frontiers in Zoology today. This suggests that birds living in urban environments could become desynchronized with the light-dark cycle which affects daily behaviour as well as annual breeding cycles. It is known that urban birds are affected by artificial… Read more »