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Biology: Enabling discoveries for understanding life

The mission of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), is to enable discoveries for understanding life, as Open Access Government discovers
maintenance of specialised tissues

Electrical activity as a regulator of induction and the maintenance of specialised tissues

The electrical activity as a regulator of induction and the maintenance of specialised tissues is placed under the spotlight by Graciela A. Unguez at the Department of Biology, New Mexico State University in the United States
DB research

What is developmental biology and why is it important?

Andreas Prokop from the British Society for Developmental Biology explores how developmental biology (DB) addresses questions of societal importance The life science discipline Developmental Biology (DB) aims to understand the processes that lead from the fertilisation of an egg cell (or equivalent) to the formation of a well-structured and functional...

Moving towards clinical applications of genomics (The TrainMALTA project)

Rosienne Farrugia from the University of Malta explores the role of high throughput sequencing (HTS) in rare and complex diseases, including the move towards the clinical applications of genomics High throughput sequencing (HTS) is poised to play an ever increasingly central role in the elucidation of the causes of both...
anti-infectives challenge

An international approach to the anti-infectives challenge

Professor Colin Suckling from the University of Strathclyde discusses the need for global collaboration on the anti-infectives challenge.
allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is scary, but health is around the corner

Roberta Savli from EFA provides insight into allergic rhinitis Rhinitis is a very common disorder, far more than just sneezing a couple of days in the year. Allergic rhinitis is a serious chronic respiratory disease that reduces patients’ quality of life and their productivity at work and at school. Despite...
Regenerative medicine

The Champion of Regenerative medicine – the Axolotl

Professor Malcom Maden of the Department of Biology & UF Genetics Institute unveils his thoughts on the fascinating world of regenerative medicine The fundamental goal of regenerative medicine is to be able to regenerate complex tissues of the human body that have been damaged by trauma or chronic disease. How...
scientific progress

The outermost frontiers of knowledge

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency to further scientific progress, as Open Access Government reveals The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the...
sensory processing disorder

Overview of sensory processing disorder in children today

Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe from Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision Group provides a comprehensive overview of sensory processing disorder (SPD) in children today Children with sensory processing disorder or dysfunction (SPD) are characterised by the occurrence of inward information in very atypical, diverting modes. Energising diagnosis and treatment through multi-sensory behaviour and activity...
polar fishes

The role of antifreeze proteins in freezing avoidance of polar fishes

Arthur L. DeVries at the Department of Animal Biology, University of Illinois provides an expert insight into antifreeze proteins in polar fishes
geomicrobiological research

Phosphorus geomicrobiological research – biology, chemistry, and agriculture

Diliana D. Simeonova of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences imparts her seasoned expertise on phosphorus geomicrobiological research
plant disease

Nanoparticles – a new weapon to fight plant disease and increase yield

Wade Elmer of The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station explores the effects of nanoparticles on health, the environment, and plant disease
bacterial cell

Bacterial Cell Biology

Prof. Dr Marc Bramkamp explains how the latest science allow for increased understanding of the subcellular organisation of a bacterial cell

Integrated pest management (IPM)

Professor of Entomology at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Timothy D. Schowalter outlines the fundamentals of IPM
chemical biology

Chemical biology: A chance conversation but an important question

Research professor Prof Colin J Suckling OBE DSc FRSE discusses his engagement with medicinal chemistry and chemical biology
modification of plants

Artificial chromosome technology in the modification of plants

James A. Birchler from University of Missouri, Columbia gives an absorbing insight into research around the modification of plants for food crops

A roadmap of graphene on SiC

Rositsa Yakimova, of the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM) highlights the strides being made in graphene research
Biological Control Fire Ants

The hurdles of Biological Control to control the Red Imported Fire Ant.

Guadalupe Rojas, Juan. A. Morales-Ramos, Jian Chen, Michael Grodowitz, and Margaret Allen discuss the hurdles of Biological Control to control the Red Imported Fire Ant. The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, is one of the most successful invasive ants and it is regarded as one of the world’s worst invasive...

Industrial biotechnology workshops start academia–industry collaborations

Profile by Alison Parkin, the University of York and Jon Lloyd, University of Manchester A key aim of the Metals in Biology network, one of thirteen UK government-funded Networks in Biotechnology and Bioenergy, is to bring together scientists from academia and industry to work together more effectively. With this remit,...

Implementing Bioeconomy with Electrobiorefinery

Food, chemical and industrial sectors are challenged with the growing population, increasing longevity and quality of life. In consequence, the demand for fossils energy sources, agricultural land and drinking water what will lead to irreversible changes in climate with unpredictable consequences. A recent declaration of G7 leaders that in...

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