BMC Biology Table of Contents - March 2019
Giant jellyfish genomes, the drive for open science, cheating bacteria and more
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There’s a diverse assortment of content in BMC Biology this month, comprising both Research and Frontmatter pieces, from the giant jellyfish genome and how the teleost brain isn’t just a simpler version of the mammalian brain, to the drive towards “open science”.

Our research articles below include a look into the processing of optic flow in zebrafish, how GSK-3β is essential for fetal oocyte survival, and the role of oxygen in the expression of stress response genes in a salmon parasite.

A new piece in our Environment and Sustainability series arrived this month modelling potential impact of control measures against malaria mosquitoes. You can also still submit to our upcoming special issues on Cancer Metabolism, Engineering Biology and Microbiome Biology too!

Our Focus collection of Reviews across the BMC flagships is on Disease Genetics this month. Don’t miss a Review from our In the Light of Evolution series on dosage-sensitivity in disease, alongside pieces on screening for single genetic causes of diabetes, impacts of rare genetic variants on common diseases and mapping genetic variations to 3D protein structures.

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The circadian clock in three dimensions
The Drive for Open Science

Michael Milham and Arnold Klein discuss impediments that still stand in the way of truly Open Science, and how individuals can help achieve the changes needed.

Rock-paper-scissors in the bacterial public goods dilemma

Zhao and co show that a “conditional cheater” – which adopts a cheating strategy, then reverts to cooperating – can stabilize social cooperation and may help explain why cooperators frequently coexist with defectors.

Redefining the origins of the vertebrate hypothalamus

Research from Kei Yamamoto and colleagues on the evolutionary plasticity of the brain suggests that the inferior lobe of the teleost brain is not part of the hypothalamus as thought, but derives from the mesencephalon.

C.elegans traits
Quantitative analysis of C. elegans traits

Jan Kammenga and colleagues present a new multi-parent recombinant inbred line population of C. elegans, to help uncover the effect of local genetic variation on heritable traits and life-history trade-offs.

From the blog: reducing malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, and a giant jellyfish genome
Giant jellyfish genome

This month features two blogs from our authors! Ace North describes how mathematical modelling can be used to plan and predict the effects of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes; and Bhak, Yum and Kim explain what the genome of the giant Nomura’s jellyfish might tell us about evolution of hunting, and animal complexity.

Featured series - Reviews
Featured series - Reviews

This collection houses our commissioned Reviews, including the structural aspects of circadian clock components, “frozen metabolic accidents” in evolution, the axes of mammalian Unfolded Protein Response, and the evolution of aging.

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Commissioned content


Be the change you seek in science

Michael P. Milham and Arno Klein




Selective processing of all rotational and translational optic flow directions in the zebrafish pretectum and tectum

Kun Wang, Julian Hinz, Väinö Haikala, Dierk F. Reiff and Aristides B. Arrenberg

The genome of the giant Nomura's jellyfish sheds light on the early evolution of active predation

Hak-Min Kim, Jessica A. Weber, Nayoung Lee et al

Modelling the potential of genetic control of malaria mosquitoes at national scale

Ace R. North, Austin Burt and H. Charles J. Godfray

A multi-parent recombinant inbred line population of C. elegans allows identification of novel QTLs for complex life history traits

Basten L. Snoek, Rita J. M. Volkers, Harm Nijveen, Carola Petersen, Philipp Dirksen, Mark G. Sterken, Rania Nakad, Joost A. G. Riksen, Philip Rosenstiel, Jana J. Stastna, Bart P. Braeckman, Simon C. Harvey, Hinrich Schulenburg and Jan E. Kammenga

GSK-3β protects fetal oocytes from premature death via modulating TAp63 expression in mice
Jia Wen, Hao Yan, Meina He, Tuo Zhang, Xinyi Mu, Haibin Wang, Hua Zhang, Guoliang Xia and Chao Wang

Mesencephalic origin of the inferior lobe in zebrafish

Solal Bloch, Manon Thomas, Ingrid Colin, Sonya Galant, Elodie Machado, Pierre Affaticati, Arnim Jenett and Kei Yamamoto

Behavioral heterogeneity in quorum sensing can stabilize social cooperation in microbial populations

Kelei Zhao, Linjie Liu, Xiaojie Chen, Ting Huang, Lianming Du, Jiafu Lin, Yang Yuan, Yingshun Zhou, Bisong Yue, Kun Wei and Yiwen Chu

Oxygen induces the expression of invasion and stress response genes in the anaerobic salmon parasite Spironucleus salmonicida
Courtney W. Stairs, Anna Kokla, Ásgeir Ástvaldsson, Jon Jerlström-Hultqvist, Staffan Svärd and Thijs J. G. Ettema

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