In a paper published today in the journal Zoological Letters, Dr. Euichi Hirose explains the peculiar biomechanics of the barely visible coat of marine gelatinous chordates and their submicron nipple array. This ‘tunic’ evolving in such a way as to make these species practically invisible in the water column.
New research published in Genome Biology finds that N-BLR, a primate-specific non-coding transcript, modulates the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and leads to colo-rectal cancer invasion and migration. Here to tell us about this are authors of the research George Calin and Isidore Rigoutsos.
What makes a genius? And how does the brain of a genius like Albert Einstein conjure genius ideas? In this blog, Larry Vandervert explores this process and explains the important part the cerebellum, and its powerful connection to the cerebral cortex, plays in creativity, intuition and higher levels of thought.
For biofuels to be a successful replacement for fossil fuels, they must be both economically viable and truly sustainable. Biotechnology for Biofuels has published a new Special Issue on Life Cycle Analysis, focusing on all aspects of the supply chain to produce sustainable aviation and vehicle transportation fuel.
The amount of carbon stored in marine sediments within national exclusive economic zones (EEZs) – areas of coastal water and seabed within a certain distance of a country’s coastline -, can be equal to or larger than carbon stored on land, new research by Silvania Avelar, Tessa van Voort and Timothy Eglinton published in Carbon Balance and Management shows.
A review recently published in Crime Science suggests that animal poaching and the illicit wildlife trade concentrate in a similar manner to more traditional crime categories. Further, authors propose that the field of conservation biology would be well-served by borrowing prevention strategies, approaches to modelling and interventions commonly utilised in crime science.
Very few papers tell the true story of the research they report. Registered Reports, a research article format originally designed to combat bias and promote reproducibility, also enforces a more realistic presentation. From this week, BMC Biology offers the option of publishing in this format.