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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Pest Control: Hiding in plain smell

    Youngsung Joo, Meredith C Schuman
    A common rice pest can avoid its natural parasite by settling on plants that smell like they have been damaged by a species of caterpillar.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Telomeres: Getting to grips with circular chromosomes

    Constance Nugent, Katsunori Sugimoto
    A strain of budding yeast that contains one large chromosome reveals how the telomere capping complex CST maintains linear but not circular chromosomes.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Evolution: Shining a light on the origin of fly species

    Hui Gong, Lucia Prieto-Godino
    Natural light gradients within a habitat may have helped form new fly species that have differing preferences for light.
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    1. Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Autism: Balancing excitation and inhibition in the autistic brain

    Charlotte M Pretzsch, Dorothea L Floris
    A metric called the Hurst exponent could be a useful biomarker for studies exploring brain differences between men and women with autism spectrum disorder.
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    1. Ecology

    Ecosystems: The diversity of decay

    Emma J Sayer, Ralf Schäfer
    To predict how species loss will affect ecosystems, it is important to consider how biodiversity influences processes such as decomposition.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Neural Circuits: Turning away from danger

    Jun Liu, Monika Scholz
    The flexible escape behavior exhibited by C. elegans in response to threats relies on a combination of feedback and feedforward circuits.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Neurogenesis: Delayed gratification in the adult brain

    Gerd Kempermann
    Some immature neurons in the cerebral cortex of mammals might wait for years before they become activated and finish their development.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Phase Separation: Restricting the sizes of condensates

    Furqan Dar, Rohit Pappu
    Computer simulations of model proteins with sticker-and-spacer architectures shed light on the formation of biomolecular condensates in cells.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Optogenetics: Exciting inhibition in primates

    Wim Vanduffel, Xiaolian Li
    A new genetic marker enables precise control over a group of inhibitory neurons in monkeys.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Developmental Immunology: An atlas for hemocytes in an insect

    Samuel Liegeois, Dominique Ferrandon
    Single-cell RNA sequencing has revealed distinct subpopulations of hemocytes in fruit fly larvae.
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