- Arrigo De Benedetti, LSU Health Sciences Center
- Emmanuel Dias-Neto, Hospital AC Camargo
- Rodney Honeycutt, Pepperdine University
- Joanne Lymn, University of Nottingham
- Shuangge Ma, Yale University
- Richard Rison, Neurology Consultants Medical Group
- Christopher Foote, BioMed Central
Poor protein quality can undermine research in many fields; Ario de Marco and colleagues propose a new set of guidelines to help researchers, editors and readers correctly evaluate the quality of proteins used in research.
Ants captured in a Brazilian hospital carry a number of bacterial species capable of causing serious infections in humans, suggesting ants could be a significant source of the spread of bacteria in hospital environments.
Moving clinical trials towards a multiplex design, where patients are simultaneously enrolled in multiple sub-trials, could bring about numerous ethical and methodological benefits, although a number of organisational hurdles will need to be overcome.
Inclusion of mobile phone numbers to contact participants in a long-running Australian health survey significantly changed results compared to including only fixed land-line phone users, demonstrating the importance of such surveys adjusting to changing social trends.
A mutation in the protein ataxin-2 is responsible for a neurodegenerative disease in humans; a genome-wide survey across eukaryotes provides new insights into the function of this highly conserved protein and its role in mRNA metabolism.
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