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  1. Recently in BMC Medical Genomics, Tozeren and colleagues have uncovered virus-host interactions by searching for conserved peptide motifs in HIV and human proteins. Their computational model provides a novel pers...

    Authors: Eric Y Chan, Marcus J Korth and Michael G Katze
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:84
  2. Anionic lipids affect the function of many channels, including connexins, as shown in a recent report in BMC Biology. These effects might follow from direct binding of the anionic lipids to the channels.

    Authors: Anthony G Lee
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:86
  3. Data recently published in BMC Biology provide insights into the normal physiological function of c-myc in the development and regeneration of the mammary gland and indicate a key role in epithelial cell prolifer...

    Authors: Nicole M Sodir and Gerard I Evan
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:77
  4. Developmental biology, regenerative medicine and cancer biology are increasingly occupied with the molecular characterization of stem cells. Yet recent work adds to a growing body of literature suggesting that...

    Authors: Arthur D Lander
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:70
  5. In mammals, the sex of the embryo is determined by the fate of the gonad. Recent papers, including one in BMC Developmental Biology, shed light on the molecular regulation of ovarian development and suggest that ...

    Authors: Serge Nef and Jean-Dominique Vassalli
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:74
  6. Because of the increasing recognition of the importance of non-coding RNAs in gene regulation, there is considerable interest in identifying RNA motifs in genomic data. In a recent report in BMC Genomics, Breaker...

    Authors: Tony W Hwang, Vlad Codrea and Andrew D Ellington
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:72
  7. Absolute pitch has proved useful as an alternative perspective from which to investigate various cognitive faculties. A new functional magnetic resonance imaging study published recently in BMC Neuroscience adds ...

    Authors: Patrick Bermudez and Robert J Zatorre
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:75
  8. Genetic approaches to dissecting complex traits in animal models increasingly use transcript levels as a molecular phenotype and as validation for predictions of gene function. A recent study in BMC Biology using...

    Authors: Anna J Jasinska and Nelson B Freimer
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:71
  9. Molecular techniques for identifying pathogens associated with cancer continue to be developed, including one reported recently in BMC Medical Genomics. Identifying a causal infectious agent helps in understandin...

    Authors: Lucy Dalton-Griffin and Paul Kellam
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:67
  10. A recent paper in BMC Developmental Biology describes the development of the annulus of the mouse sperm cell, but much remains to be learnt about sperm cells despite their importance in human fertility.

    Authors: Christopher LR Barratt, Vanessa Kay and Senga K Oxenham
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:63
  11. Although mice lacking the architectural DNA binding factor HMGA1 are diabetic and express very low levels of the insulin receptor, they have increased insulin sensitivity. A study in BMC Biology now suggests that...

    Authors: Robert K Semple
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:64
  12. The 'action' in genome-level evolution lies not in the large gene-containing segments that are conserved among related species, but in the breakpoint regions between these segments. Two recent papers in BMC Genom...

    Authors: David Sankoff
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:66
  13. Reconstructing the 'Tree of Life' is complicated by extensive horizontal gene transfer between diverse groups of organisms. While numerous conceptual and technical obstacles remain, a report in this issue of Jour...

    Authors: Kristen S Swithers, J Peter Gogarten and Gregory P Fournier
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:54
  14. How vernalization – exposure to a period of cold – induces flowering in Arabidopsis has been intensively investigated at the genetic and moleular levels. Recent papers, including one in BMC Plant Biology, shed li...

    Authors: Elizabeth S Dennis and W James Peacock
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:57
  15. Vast supercolonies of interconnected nests formed by unicolonial ant species are the largest cooperative groups of animals known. Research published recently in BMC Evolutionary Biology reveals that a supercolony...

    Authors: Heikki Helanterä
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:56
  16. The annual migration of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) from eastern North America to central Mexico is one of nature's most inspiring spectacles. Recent studies including one in BMC Biology, have begun ...

    Authors: Charalambos P Kyriacou
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:55
  17. A novel diversified multigene family of tripartite-motif (TRIM) intracellular receptors with putative antiviral activity has been identified in teleost fish and published in BMC Biology. The history of these rece...

    Authors: Louis Du Pasquier
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:50
  18. Apoptosis appears to be a carefully orchestrated process for the ordered dismantling of cells. A recent paper in BMC Developmental Biology shows that the disassembly of adherens junctions during apoptosis in Dros...

    Authors: Magali Suzanne and Hermann Steller
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:49
  19. Prion variants faithfully propagate across species barriers, but if the barrier is too high, new variants (mutants) are selected, as shown in a recent BMC Biology report. Protein sequence alteration can prevent a...

    Authors: Reed B Wickner, Herman K Edskes, Frank Shewmaker, Dmitry Kryndushkin and Julie Nemecek
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:47
  20. Authors: Frederick P Roth, Howard D Lipshitz and Brenda J Andrews
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:35
  21. A recent paper in BMC Microbiology shows how suppression of mosquito innate immunity against a virus that the mosquito can normally tolerate increases mosquito mortality. This is just one of several approaches th...

    Authors: Luke Alphey
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:40
  22. Several possible and potentially overlapping genetic mechanisms have been suggested to explain differences in life span between males and females. Two recent papers in BMC Evolutionary Biology on the effects of i...

    Authors: John Tower and Michelle Arbeitman
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:38
  23. Taste cells regularly generate action potentials, but their functional significance in taste signaling is unclear. A paper in BMC Neuroscience reveals the identity of the voltage-gated Na+ channels underlying act...

    Authors: Aurelie Vandenbeuch and Sue C Kinnamon
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:42
  24. The presence of mammary glands is the defining morphological feature of mammals. The recent assembly of the bovine genome and a report in Genome Biology that links the milk and lactation data of bovine and other ...

    Authors: Anthony V Capuco and R Michael Akers
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:37
  25. The domesticated cow is the latest farm animal to have its genome sequenced and deciphered. The members of the Bovine Genome Consortium have published a series of papers on the assembly and what the sequence r...

    Authors: David W Burt
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:36
  26. Analyses of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) have challenged the concept that genetic diversity within populations is governed by effective population size and mutation rate. A recent study in BMC Evolutionary Biology s...

    Authors: Hans Ellegren
    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:41