Monthly Archives: December 2016

Will the EU manage to ban pig castration by 2018?


The surgical castration of male pigs gives rise to a number of welfare issues, in order to tackle this, the ‘European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs’ set a final goal to phase out surgical castration by 2018. Published today in the journal Porcine Health Management, a new study reviews the progress of this declaration across 24 countries and looks at the alternatives to surgical castration being used.


Ahead of the curve: embracing preprints


Back in 2000, Genome Biology started to publish what were called ‘Deposited research articles’. These were papers that had been submitted to the journal but were still in the process of being peer reviewed, and this was a new concept for biologists: using the internet to give scientists access to research results before publication in… Read more »