The researchers received the award for their article "A novel virus genome discovered in an extreme environment suggests recombination between unrelated groups of RNA and DNA viruses", published in Biology Direct. The award was presented by the co-founder of the Aachen online platform, Dr. Andreas Kessell.
The article won accolades not only for the method used to uncover the virus, but for its biological insights into the novel viral genome. It makes a significant contribution to our understanding of viruses and has implications well outside the immediate finding.
Kenneth M. Stedman and Geoffrey S. Diemer commented about the renowned award and said, “We’re extremely honored at this award considering all of the wonderful research that is being published at BioMed Central, and particularly pleased to be able to accept this award at the 10th anniversary at BMC Biology, which is a celebration of open access and the accessibility of great science to the public.”
The award-winning publications were selected by a panel of experts based on their potential for innovation, quality of the methodology and the results and resulting implications.
Laurence Hurst, Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Bath UK summarized why the judges felt that the article should be the winner: “We felt this was a truly exciting paper, because they have shown for the first time using a metagenomic approach, that there is evidence for a novel viral genome best explained as a result of recombination between RNA and DNA viruses. The paper clearly opens up new avenues in viral research, not least because the mechanism by which the interviral RNA-DNA recombination occurs has yet to be discovered.”
Andreas Kessell, co-founder of antibodies-online.com, explains, “At antibodies-online we accelerate research. We interact with the research community every day and are happy to sponsor the BioMed Central Overall Research Award winner 2012. The annual BioMed Central Research Awards are an excellent way to recognize and honor outstanding research published throughout the previous year. antibodies-online thanks all participants in advancing research for a better life and compliments this year's winners Geoffrey S. Diemer and Kenneth M. Stedman on the BioMed Central Overall Research Award.”
Deborah Kahn, Publishing Director of BioMed Central, said: “I would like to thank our fantastic panel of judges and to congratulate the deserving winners of the 7th Annual BioMed Central Research Award for their outstanding achievements. We would also like to thank our new partners antibodies-online.com for their support."