Cover image for Vol. 37 Issue 5

Edited By: Andrew Moore

Online ISSN: 1521-1878

BioEssays in the media

Andreas WagnerIn an interview with The Scientist, BioEssays' Editorial Board member Andreas Wagner talks about exaptations, their apparent ubiquity, and what they mean for the study of evolutionary biology (see also his latest Nature publication).

BioEssays articles are frequently picked up by scientific bloggers and in the broad media. Here you can see which stories from BioEssays generated wide public interest and discussion.

Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota? Evolutionary pressures and potential mechanisms

cravings, evolutionary conflict, host manipulation, microbiome, microbiota, obesityIn this article, Joe Alcock et al. discuss how gastrointestinal microbiota manipulate human feeding behavior. This manipulation may involve neurochemical rewards, toxins, vagus nerve modulation, and manipulation of taste receptors, leading to cravings and unhealthy eating behavior.

And here is a selection of places where this article was picked up:
New York Times
The Atlantic
Medical Daily

How does pheomelanin synthesis contribute to melanomagenesis?

coelacanth, evolutionary rate, Latimeria, living fossil, slow evolution, substitution rate, tree-thinkingIn this article, Ann Morgan et al. discuss how the synthesis of pheomelanin, the pigment that gives red hair its color, is associated with increased oxidative stress in the skin and may thus lead to melanomagenesis.

Here is some News coverage on this article:
Medical Daily
Daily Mail
International Business Times
This article also generated some comments on Wiley's Cell and Molecular Biology Facebook page.

Why coelacanths are not ‘living fossils’

melanoma, pheomelanin, pigmentation, reactive oxygen speciesIn this article Didier Casane and Patrick Laurenti argue that the term 'living fossil' does not make sense from a tree-thinking perspective. Extant coelacanths are indeed quite different from their fossil counterparts and are evolving like everything else.

Interestingly, the coelacanth genome was published in Nature shortly after this BioEssays article.
Some coverage can be found in the following blogs:
Pharyngula Science Blogs
The Scientist
Sandwalk - strolling with a skeptical biochemist
Fossilis (in French)