Section Editors

  • 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

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  • Christopher Foote, BioMed Central


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    An inside look at the giant panda

    Genomic sequencing of the giant panda’s gut microbiota provides new insights into the importance of these bacteria in digesting the cellulose in the huge amounts of bamboo consumed by these unique animals.

    BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:827
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    A failure, but an educational one

    A trial testing interventions for psychosocial problems in teenagers failed to recruit enough participants, but did provide data on why adolescents refused to take part, lessons that will be valuable in planning future trials.

    BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:824
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    Causes of collapsing bee colonies

    The drivers of collapsing Spanish honey bee colonies differ according to region, environmental conditions and beekeeping practices; more research on the diversity and taxonomy of the pathogens involved is needed.

    BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:649
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    Hidden riches

    Knowledge of microbial diversity remains rudimentary, limited by lack of material for DNA sequencing techniques; yet many laboratories and private collections have vast microbial stocks which, properly used, could fill these gaps.

    BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:592
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    A guide to protein quality for authors and readers

    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.

    BMC Research Notes 2014, 7:585

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