- 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
Validation of a method to measure senescence of cultured mesenchymal stromal cells by measuring changes in DNA methylation at six specific sites suggests it could be used widely to ensure quality control of therapeutic cell products.
The Amazon molly is a unisexual, all female species; new gonadal transcriptomes of this fish and the related, but bisexual, Atlantic molly may provide clues as to how such a reproductive system can evolve.
Attempts to identify the pathogen behind the ‘Great Pestilence’ that decimated 16th century native Mexican populations were confounded by false positives caused by environmental contaminants, providing important lessons for future paleomicrobiological research.
David Patterson and colleagues discuss the issues surrounding species names and copyright, suggesting mechanisms to give scientists naming species due credit, while still allowing free use of this information in taxonomic lists and databases.
A comparison of three systematic reviews on the same topic reveals substantial variation in the outcome data included; the authors call for greater transparency in data selection, including the use of double-data extraction.
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