The evolutionary proximity of tree shrew’s to primates provides hope for bridging the gap between disease modelling and clinical application. A recent study published in Molecular Brain reports on the workings of excitatory synaptic transmission within the anterior cingulate cortex of the adult tree shrew.
A mainstay of the conference calendar, this year saw the American Society for Cell Biology’s annual meeting complemented by EMBO, European Molecular Biology Organization, for a joint conference in Philadelphia. Senior Editor for BMC Biology, Graham Bell, was in attendance, and here discusses some of the meeting’s highlights
New research published in Molecular Brain finds that protein kinase inhibition rescued memory deficits in mice providing a potential therapeutic intervention for memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we near the end of 2017, Dominique Morneau of Genome Biology highlights some of the editors’ favorite articles from the past year, including those that were highly accessed, shared, liked and discussed.
Earlier this year BMC editor, Joseph Hasan, attended the Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology & Evolution (SMBE) in Austin, Texas. One of the interesting discussions he had was with Stevie Anne Bain, a PhD Student in the University of Edinburgh’s Ross Lab. Stevie is currently researching Parental Genome Elimination (PGE), a unique type of genomic imprinting. Joseph invited her to talk about her research and findings.
While the locomotion of humans, horses and dogs is well studied, we are now beginning to apply the same principles to insect movement – which may lead us to engineering more intelligent robotic walkers. Dr. Tom Weihmann of the University of Cologne talks us through the study in this blog.