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  • Chromosomal aberrations in genetic disease

    Chromosomal aberrations underlie genetic disease in roughly 15% of patients with multiple congenital abnormalities and/or mental retardation. A new review discusses current methods for breakpoint identification and their impact on the interpretation of chromosome abmormalities.

    Molecular Cytogenetics 2014, 7:100
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    Percutaneous versus surgical tracheotomy

    In critically ill adult patients, percutaneous tracheotomy techniques can be performed faster than a surgical tracheostomy and also reduce stoma inflammation and infection.

    Critical Care 2014, 18:544
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    Limited evidence for flu vaccine benefits

    In a systematic review, evidence for the protective effects of influenza vaccination in patients with end-stage renal disease is limited, highlighting the need for more studies to assess vaccine effectiveness in this at-risk population.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:244
  • Missing bird genes

    Birds lack numerous protein coding genes which are present in the majority of other vertebrate lineages in conserved syntenic clusters

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:565
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    Tobacco use linked to social factors

    Population-based data from 30 sub-Saharan African countries provides country-level prevalence estimates of tobacco use, demonstrating varying use of smoking and smokeless tobacco that are linked to social determinants such as gender, age and education.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:243
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    Cancer risk by ethnicity in England

    Analysis of cancer incidence data in England reveals that risk of breast and gynaecological cancers varies by ethnic group but groups typically grouped together are not homogenous with regards to their cancer risk.

    BMC Cancer 2014, 14:979
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    Novel mechanism in herpesvirus-induced malignancies

    Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus was found to dysregulate the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway within endothelial cells, which might be a novel mechanism in herpesvirus-induced malignancies.

    Virology Journal 2014, 11:218
  • Function of B chromosomes in vertebrates

    There is a growing body of evidence that B chromosomes in vertebrates, once regarded as genetically inert, harbor protein-coding genes that affect host fitness and evolution.

    Molecular Cytogenetics 2014, 7:99
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    Sex differences in mortality risk after MI

    Evidence from a meta-analysis suggests that there are sex differences in risk factors for mortality after myocardial infarction (MI), providing information that should inform prediction models to improve risk assessment for men and women.

    BMC Medicine 2014, 12:242
  • Ovarian cancer driver

    A combined analysis of immunohistochemical and genomic data for ovarian cancer reveals that PTEN loss is a common and prognostic driver event

    Genome Biology 2014, 15:526
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    Led by the editors, Jay Duker, Director of the New England Eye Center, and Eduardo Rodrigues, professor at Federal University of São Paulo, it aims to be the leading international journal in the field of retina research. 

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    Research Involvement and Engagement has now opened for submissions

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    Led by two Editors-in-Chief: Sophie Staniszewska, PPI lead at RCN Research Institute, University of Warwick, UK, and Richard Stephens, a patient advocate in research, who has overcome a number of health challenges. This collaboration between a patient and an academic signals "our intention to work towards the co-production of knowledge that informs health care practice."

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    An interdisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing exceptional research on ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change. The journal is especially interested in publishing ground-breaking work linking responses to environmental change across levels of biological organization, from individuals to ecosystems, and with an emphasis on species interactions.

    Read the interview with co-Editor-in-Chief, Frank Seebacher, to discover the aims and scope of Climate Change Responses and about Frank's own background as a research scientist. Find out more about the importance of studying the ecological impacts of climate change with co-Editor-in-Chief Eric Post interview with Biome

     

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    Click on the following links to dip into the first two research articles published and a case study by Robin Youngson, an international leader in compassionate healthcare.

     

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