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The wide-reaching effects of Ebola

Sierra Leone has discharged its last known #Ebola patient, but what about the indirect complications for #malaria  transmission? Blog investigates:
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Think you can make the right decisions in these peer review situations? Take the quiz and find out:
Following our How to Peer Review series, we've put together a quiz to test your knowledge on what can sometimes be a tricky task. With the aim of training you to be the best in peer review, why not try it and see how well you do!
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Confidence in open access soars

A new report from Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan has revealed that researchers' confidence in open access publishing is growing. Reflections on these results in this blog:
A survey of 22,000 academic researchers by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and Palgrave Macmillan has revealed that a decreasing number of authors are concerned about perceptions of the quality of open access publications.
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Behind the image

The story behind one of the winner's of the 2015 BMC Ecology Image Competition:
Julia Spaet captured the image of a Cape mountain zebra grazing in South Africa and, as this year’s Community, Population and Macroecology section winner of the BMC Ecology Image Competition, she reveals more about one of the rarest mammals in the world.
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Some highlights from the fantastic research we published in July in this blog:
Providing you with a quick update on some of the recent research published in our biology journals over the past month.
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World Breastfeeding Week quiz

Think you know breastfeeding? Our research-based #WorldBreastfeedingWeek quiz might challenge you! Take it here:
Have you been paying attention this World Breastfeeding Week? Test your knowledge with this thought-provoking quiz.
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Not just a great picture

This amazing close-up of a firefly beetle was one of the winners of this year's BMC Ecology Image Competition. Read about the research behind the image:
Bernardo Segura captured this unbelievable close-up of a firefly beetle on the lookout for females to mate with. As the Behavioral and Physiological Ecology section winner in this year’s BMC Ecology Image Competition, find out more about the story behind the photo in this Q+A.
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Authors of an article describing a cost-effective, quick and easy method of diagnosing breast cancer talk about how their method can have a huge influence in the developing world:
New software could speed up breast cancer diagnosis with 90% accuracy without the need for a specialist. Jessica Dobbs and Jenna Mueller, the authors of the study published in Breast Cancer Research discuss how it could improve breast cancer management, particularly in developing countries where pathologists are not routinely available.
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Malaria infection changes mosquito feeding behaviour

This blog looks at how mosquito behaviour changes when mosquitoes are infected with the malaria parasite:
Lauren Cator discusses the intricate "dance" between the malaria parasite and its mosquito host that alters blood feeding behaviour.
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The rise of clinical epigenetics

What's hot in #epigenetics  - we look at bringing this trendy field into clinics:
A review series published in Clinical Epigenetics this year provides insights into some of the biggest breakthroughs in the field.
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As new doctors begin their journeys and start to think about specializing, we asked a colorectal registrar what a typical day looks like for them: 
As August sees medical school graduates become foundation doctors in the UK, many new doctors will be considering which medical specialty to pursue. Here, Guy Worley – a training general surgeon specializing in gastrointestinal surgery – tells us more about life as a Colorectal Registrar.
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The camera never lies, but graphs can

Have you ever seen an image that mis-represents data? It happens, but our new Reproducibility Checklist can stop it. This blog explains how:
In a new editorial series, the editors of BMC Biology explore how figures and illustrations can mislead. Here, Emma explains how well-designed figures contribute to reproducibility, and how the series fits in with the launch of BioMed Central's Minimum Standards of Reporting Checklist.
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