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Beyond Mendel: modelling in biology -- a new series
Mitochondria: a cross-journal series
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    Cancer cell signaling: What goes wrong?

    H Wiley

    As the latest addition to our series of Open Questions, Steven Wiley focuses on the feedback controls on cell signaling and proliferation, and the need to understand how they are disrupted in cancer cells.

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    Ebola and the case for desperate remedies

    Thomas Hoenen, Heinz Feldmann

    Against the background of relentlessly spreading infection and a receding prospect of an end to the epidemic, Thomas Hoenen and Heinz Feldmann argue the case for (and against) the use of experimental therapies and vaccines

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    Making sense in biology: an appreciation of Julian Lewis

    Arthur Lander

    Arthur Lander paints a picture of a model modeller, mild and gentle in demeanor, adamantine in logic, and impeccably clear and simple in exposition.

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    Cell shape and why it matters

    Fred Chang, Kerwyn Huang

    Chang and Huang explore how and why the rod shape taken by many in bacterial, fungal and plant cells confers evolutionary advantages in terms of fitness, motility and division.

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BMC Biology assimilated the philosophy and distinguished Editorial Board and history of its sister journal Journal of Biology on fusion of the two journals in 2010. The full archive of Journal of Biology is available from its own archive website, and the objectives and aspirations of the combined journal are explained in the editorial that accompanied the fusion.

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