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    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Collider bias and the apparent protective effect of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency on cerebral malaria

    James A Watson et al.
    Selection bias, also known as collider bias, likely explains the apparent protective effect of G6PD deficiency against cerebral falciparum malaria.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Molecular safeguarding of CRISPR gene drive experiments

    Jackson Champer et al.
    Genes drives utilizing synthetic target sites and the split-Cas9 system have similar performance to standard drives.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Reprogramming the antigen specificity of B cells using genome-editing technologies

    James E Voss et al.
    Antibody paratopes can be added to the human repertoire by CRISPR-Cas9 editing of B lymphocytes using a strategy that allows for hypermutation and class switching of resulting B cell receptors.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Quantitative analysis of auxin sensing in leaf primordia argues against proposed role in regulating leaf dorsoventrality

    Neha Bhatia et al.
    Top-bottom patterning of leaves is not specified by an asymmetry in the distribution of the plant hormone auxin, in contrast to a previous proposal.
    1. Neuroscience

    Nostril-specific and structure-based olfactory learning of chiral discrimination in human adults

    Guo Feng, Wen Zhou
    Training-induced perceptual gain in the discrimination between odor enantiomers is nostril-specific and structure-based, indicating that early olfactory processing of the chemical features of unirhinal input remains plastic in human adults.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Rapid changes in tissue mechanics regulate cell behaviour in the developing embryonic brain

    Amelia J Thompson et al.
    During embryonic development, tissue stiffness, which provides an important signal to motile cells, changes locally within tens of minutes in a well-controlled manner.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Screening for insulin-independent pathways that modulate glucose homeostasis identifies androgen receptor antagonists

    Sri Teja Mullapudi et al.
    Zebrafish insulin mutants serve as an innovative platform to identify novel mechanisms regulating glucose homeostasis.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The shape of the bacterial ribosome exit tunnel affects cotranslational protein folding

    Renuka Kudva et al.
    Proteins can fold deeper inside ribosomes with an enlarged exit tunnel.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Genome-wide Estrogen Receptor-α activation is sustained, not cyclical

    Andrew N Holding et al.
    Activation of the Estrogen Receptor by estra-2-diol results in sustained binding and the previously described cyclical response kinetics are likely an artefact of observing a highly variable process without replicates.
    1. Developmental Biology

    The Toll pathway inhibits tissue growth and regulates cell fitness in an infection-dependent manner

    Federico Germani et al.
    Toll pathway inactivation enhances tissue growth and cell fitness when the environment in which animals develop is not deprived of pathogens.