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Impact of COVID-19 on early career scientists

Christina Termini and David Traver discuss the impact of the Covid pandemic on research productivity, the job market, and funding opportunities for postdocs and junior faculty, and how such challenges can be mitigated.

Wonky whales: how head asymmetry evolved

Ellen Coombs and colleagues combine 3D morphometrics and phylogenetic analysis to reconstruct the evolution of asymmetry in the skulls of 162 living and extinct cetaceans over 50 million years.

Genomics of an enigmatic butterfly

Nicholas VanKuren, Marcus Kronforst and colleagues assess the impact of population fragmentation on the origins, genetic health, and color pattern evolution of two rare Brazilian butterflies, Heliconius hermathena and Heliconius nattereri.

The genome of an iconic grape pest

Denis Tagu and colleagues present the genetic architecture of grape phylloxera, an aphid that devastated vineyards across the world, providing insights into the evolution, adaptation, and invasion routes of an iconic pest.

Shifting microbiomes challenge reproducibility

Nathan Schmidt and colleagues characterize shifts in the gut microbiome in a commercially available mouse breed, and demonstrate how such changes impact the reproducibility of phenotypes in a malaria model.

Call for papers: Research Synthesis and Meta-research in Biology

We’re inviting submissions to our new Series guest edited by Shinichi Nakagawa, Julia Koricheva, Malcolm Macleod and Wolfgang Viechtbauer.

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X-ray computed tomography in life sciences
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Protein assembly systems in natural and synthetic biology
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Published: 26 March 2020

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Caitlin Loeffler et al.
Published: 07 April 2020


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Focus: Approaches to Data Analysis

Read the latest papers on the approaches to data analysis across BMC flagship journals.

The challenges of colposcopy for cervical cancer screening in LMICs and solutions by artificial intelligence
Peng Xue et al.

Published in BMC Medicine 03 June 2020

ImageJ SurfCut: a user-friendly pipeline for high-throughput extraction of cell contours from 3D image stacks
Özer Erguvan et al.

Published in BMC Biology 09 May 2019

An unsupervised learning approach to identify novel signatures of health and disease from multimodal data​​​​​​​
Ilan Shomorony et al.

Published in Genome Medicine 10 January 2020

DISC: a highly scalable and accurate inference of gene expression and structure for single-cell transcriptomes using semi-supervised deep learning​​​​​​​
Yao He et al.

Published in Genome Biology 10 July 2020

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Announcement: COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.