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    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Live imaging of heart tube development in mouse reveals alternating phases of cardiac differentiation and morphogenesis

    Kenzo Ivanovitch et al.
    Tissue-level coordination of cardiac progenitor cells in the early mouse embryo produces a temporal compartmentalization of differentiation and morphogenesis essential for heart tube formation.
    1. Biochemistry
    2. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Single-molecule studies contrast ordered DNA replication with stochastic translesion synthesis

    Gengjing Zhao et al.
    Competing DNA polymerases at the DNA sliding clamp are revealed by single-molecule co-localization studies.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Genes and Chromosomes

    The structural basis for dynamic DNA binding and bridging interactions which condense the bacterial centromere

    Gemma LM Fisher et al.
    A combination of structural, biochemical, single-molecule and in vivo methods are used to show how ParB locally condenses the bacterial chromosome near the origin and earmarks this region for segregation.
    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Osteocalcin expressing cells from tendon sheaths in mice contribute to tendon repair by activating Hedgehog signaling

    Yi Wang et al.
    Cells in tendon sheaths, considered to be extrinsic tissues of tendon, possess stem or progenitor cell properties that are involved in tendon repair by activating the Hh-TGFb/Smad3 axis.
    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    An evolutionarily young defense metabolite influences the root growth of plants via the ancient TOR signaling pathway

    Frederikke Gro Malinovsky et al.
    Young defense metabolites are often believed to be solely outputs but evidence suggests that they can regulate ancient signaling pathways.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Genes and Chromosomes

    The mechanism of variability in transcription start site selection

    Libing Yu et al.
    Variability in bacterial transcription start site selection involves DNA “scrunching” and “anti-scrunching,” which may represent a general mechanism for start site selection in all organisms.