Short Reports

A Short Report allows authors to publish the results of a small number of experiments, provided the conclusion is clear and justified, and the findings are novel and judged to be of high importance.

Latest articles

    1. Ecology

    Migration confers winter survival benefits in a partially migratory songbird

    Daniel Zúñiga et al.
    Testing of fitness-related benefits in migratory population of European blackbirds offers confirming predictions of theoretical models on the evolution and maintenance of migration.
    1. Neuroscience

    Small molecule Photoregulin3 prevents retinal degeneration in the RhoP23H mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa

    Paul A Nakamura et al.
    Regulating rod gene expression with a small molecule ligand for the orphan nuclear receptor Nr2e3 rescues photoreceptors from degeneration in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa.
    1. Genes and Chromosomes

    CRISPRi is not strand-specific at all loci and redefines the transcriptional landscape

    Françoise S Howe et al.
    CRISPR interference (CRISPRi), which uses small guide RNAs to target catalytically dead Cas9 protein to chromatin, disrupts existing transcription units and generates new sites for initiation and termination of transcription on both strands of DNA.
    1. Biochemistry

    A reverse transcriptase ribozyme

    Biswajit Samanta, Gerald F Joyce
    An RNA enzyme is shown to function as a reverse transcriptase, an activity thought to be crucial for the transition from RNA to DNA genomes during the early history of life on Earth.
    1. Neuroscience

    Local processing in neurites of VGluT3-expressing amacrine cells differentially organizes visual information

    Jen-Chun Hsiang et al.
    Neurite arbors of VGluT3-expressing amacrine cells (VG3-ACs) process visual information locally uniformly detecting object motion while varying in contrast preferences; and in spite of extensive overlap between arbors of neighboring cells population activity in the VG3-AC plexus encodes stimulus positions with subcellular precision.
    1. Neuroscience

    The human auditory brainstem response to running speech reveals a subcortical mechanism for selective attention

    Antonio Elia Forte et al.
    Selective attention to one of two speakers consistently modulates the response of the human auditory brainstem to each speaker's pitch.
    1. Genes and Chromosomes
    2. Neuroscience

    Initial elevations in glutamate and dopamine neurotransmission decline with age, as does exploratory behavior, in LRRK2 G2019S knock-in mice

    Mattia Volta et al.
    LRRK2 G2019S knock-in mice are a genetically faithful model that recapitulates the slow disease progression of familial PD, with initial alterations to behaviour and neurotransmission providing early pathophysiological targets for neuroprotective interventions.
    1. Genes and Chromosomes
    2. Immunology

    Major transcriptional changes observed in the Fulani, an ethnic group less susceptible to malaria

    Jaclyn E Quin et al.
    Examining gene expression in the Fulani, an ethnic group relatively protected from malaria, identifies a more transcriptionally reactive response in cells of the innate immune system.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Human and nonhuman primate meninges harbor lymphatic vessels that can be visualized noninvasively by MRI

    Martina Absinta et al.
    Meningeal lymphatic vessels are present in human and nonhuman primates (common marmoset monkeys) and they can be noninvasively imaged and mapped in vivo with high-resolution, clinical MRI.
    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Lineage tracing of genome-edited alleles reveals high fidelity axolotl limb regeneration

    Grant Parker Flowers et al.
    CRISPR-based lineage tracing in the axolotl shows that regenerated limbs are composed of the same cell lineages in the same frequencies as those that gave rise to the original limb.