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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Aging: A new defense in the battle of the sexes

    George L Sutphin
    Young Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodites use their own sperm to protect against the negative consequences of mating.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Decision Making: Remembering to choose the future

    Lesley K Fellows
    A brain region known as the hippocampus is required when people assess different options before making a value-based choice.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Cell Signaling: Learning from ancestors

    Suk ho Hong, Neel H Shah
    Applying ancestral sequence reconstruction techniques to protein kinases reveals the mutations that underlie different modes of activation.
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  1. Point of View: When it comes to teaching and tenure it is time to walk the walk

    Andrew W Murray et al.
    Institutions should value teaching and service, and not just research, when considering faculty for promotion and tenure.
  2. Point of View: Four erroneous beliefs thwarting more trustworthy research

    Mark Yarborough et al.
    Strategies to improve public trust in biomedical research are being hindered by a scientific mindset that stifles interest in reform.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Anaerobic Bacteria: Solving a shuttle mystery

    Bridget Conley, Jeffrey Gralnick
    Shewanella oneidensis bacteria use an abiotic reaction to help shuttle electrons outside of the cell.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Neurogenesis: Silencing the alternative

    Priya Sivaramakrishnan, John Isaac Murray
    The transcription factor ztf-11 promotes neuronal differentiation by repressing other cell fates in the nematode worm C. elegans.
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  3. Point of View: Tell me a story

    Joshua R Sanes
    Many authors start with the figures when writing a paper, but it is easier to tell a good story if you start with the Introduction and Results, and leave the figures to later.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Meta-Research: Gender variations in citation distributions in medicine are very small and due to self-citation and journal prestige

    Jens Peter Andersen et al.
    In studies of gender disparities in academia, increased focus is required on within-group variability and between-group overlap of distributions when interpreting and reporting results.
  4. Point of View: Science, art, society and Klimt’s University of Vienna paintings

    Alberto E Pereda
    A set of paintings by Gustav Klimt highlights ongoing tensions in the relationships between art, science and society.