View previous editions of the BMC Update
2 August 2013
Our pick of articles from Genome Biology's recent special issue on plant genomics…
The yearly climate plays a far greater role in affecting grape berry gene expression and metabolism than the specific vineyard environment. These findings advance our understanding of the role that phenotypic plasticity plays in producing wine vintages.
The cacao tree is an economically important plant species grown across the tropics. David Kuhn and colleagues describe a genomics-based approach to identify the genetic traits of trees yielding the best pods for tasty chocolate. Keep an eye out for our podcast accompanying the special issue, coming soon.
Crocodylians are tough-skinned reptiles, but integumentary sensory organs allow their hard exterior to be extremely sensitive. We talk with Michel Milinkovitch about his research on these sensory organs in crocodylians, following his recent EvoDevo publication.
Dingo culling to protect Australian livestock is often opposed on the basis that the resulting increase in mesopredators will affect lower trophic levels. Research in Frontiers in Zoology, however, suggests that culling within conventional limits leaves trophic cascades unharmed
A striking biological discovery of the past decade has been the extent of transcription from genome regions that do not code for proteins. Florian Pauler, Denise Barlow and colleagues explore in BMC Biology the difficulty of arriving at a definition of ‘function’ for this non-coding RNA
Phylogenetic analyses that helped convict an anesthetist of infecting 275 patients with Hepatitis C virus have been published in BMC Biology. These types of analyses are increasingly used to investigate viral outbreaks, but what are the challenges of using phylogenetic inference in criminal trials?
"Probably the first time… that I felt that a review process was constructive rather than antagonistic" GigaScience Editor Laurie Goodman talks us through the unusual ‘meta’ peer review of a manuscript under submission which followed a reviewer posting comments on a blog.
"One in 300 people has a twin… if they leave a DNA sample at a crime scene how do we know which is responsible?" Mark Jobling takes a look at the difficulties in distinguishing DNA profiles of twins when it comes to forensic analysis, in his regular column.
BioMed Central Ltd unless otherwise stated. Part of Springer Science+Business Media.