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    Unexpected role for Hox genes in molluscs

    The ancestral role of mollusc Hox genes was control of the body plan axis, similar to the vast majority of bilateral animals but surprising given the more novel Hox gene functions found in many molluscs.  

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015, 15:151
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    Dealing with unwanted emails

    Many authors regularly receive emails from journals which may not be credible; based on personal experience, David Moher and Anubhav Srivastava comment on how to deal with such invitations and suggest strategies which may lead to reduced emails.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:180
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    Multimorbidity linked to poor health

    In resource-limited settings, having multiple conditions is associated with limitations in daily living, depression and poor health, especially among those with lower socioeconomic status, highlighting the need for interventions to reduce multimorbidity.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:178
  • hiBA-FISH break detection

    hiBA-FISH is a high-throughput method for automatically detecting DNA breaks and translocations in FISH images

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:146
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    pSTAT3 associated with trastuzumab resistance

    Expression of a phosphorylated STAT3 (pSTAT3)-associated gene signature is linked to trastuzumab resistance in HER2-positive breast cancer, suggesting that agents targeting the STAT3 pathway could help overcome resistance in the clinical setting.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:177
  • HiCap

    HiCap is a high resolution method, combining sequence capture and Hi-C, for identifying enhancer-promoter interactions

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:156
  • Cancer 3D chromatin changes

    Estrogen receptor is linked to long-range changes in higher-order chromatin organisation and epigenetic dysregulation in breast cancer

    Genome Biology 2015, 16:145
  • Heritability of distichiasis in the English Cocker spaniel

    English Cocker spaniels in Denmark risk inheriting distichiasis, an uncomfortable additional row of cilia on the eyelid margin. Could selective breeding benefit the breed?

    Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 2015, 2:11
  • BRCA1/2 in prostate, pancreatic and stomach cancers

    The involvement of BRCA1 and BRCA2 in breast and ovarian cancers is widely recognised; Helen Cavanagh and Katherine Rogers review the evidence for the role of BRCA1/2 in other cancer types.

    Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice 2015, 13:16
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    Birth weight linked to hypertension risk

    A combination of low birth weight and unhealthy lifestyle is more strongly associated with hypertension risk than either variable alone, indicating that prenatal and postnatal factors could influence hypertension risk.

    BMC Medicine 2015, 13:175
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