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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    How human disease-causing genes prevent adaptations to remove them

    Researchers have shed new light on evolutionary processes in the last 50,000 years that have allowed some disease-causing genes to persist in human populations.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Ecology

    Researchers identify protective role of cells in overwintering fungi

    A study suggests that cells involved in the sexual development of Aspergillus fungi also play a role in producing chemicals that deter hungry predators.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Medicine

    Rare cancer of immune cells linked to gene mutations in bone marrow and smoking

    A genetic analysis suggests that a rare blood cancer that affects immune T cells may be caused by exposure to smoking and aging-related mutations acquired during the early stage of production of new blood cells.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    How proteins help yeast adapt to changing conditions

    A new study shows how a type of protein acts as part of a previously unrecognised epigenetic mechanism that helps yeast adapt more quickly to changing circumstances.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Understanding pathogen tolerance in wild animals key to pandemic preparedness

    A review of the role of host tolerance in emerging infectious diseases highlights the need for a multidisciplinary research effort combining immunology, ecology and evolution.
    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Protecting the microbiome essential to fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    New findings hint at promising strategies to prevent infections with drug-resistant bacteria by protecting or restoring the microbiome.
  1. eLife sets up Communities team to improve research culture

    The new team works to promote openness, integrity, and equity, diversity and inclusion in science and medicine.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Transatlantic slave trade introduced novel pathogenic viruses in the Americas

    Cutting-edge genetic techniques are shedding new light on how European colonists and their enslavement of African people may have contributed to epidemics among Indigenous communities in North America.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Model of SARS-CoV-2 dynamics reveals opportunity to prevent COVID-19 transmission

    A structural model of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein as the virus fuses with host human cells reveals an opportunity to disrupt dynamics and halt transmission.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Using evolutionary principles could prevent antibiotic resistance

    Understanding resistance rates and cross-resistance can improve the potency of sequential antibiotic treatment protocols.

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