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  1. Research Culture: A survey of new PIs in the UK

    Sophie E Acton et al.
    The challenges faced by new PIs in the UK include difficulties in recruiting PhD students, maintaining a good work-life balance and securing permanent positions.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Bacterial Protein Secretion: Looking inside an injection system

    Sophie A Howard, Alain Filloux
    The proteins injected by bacteria into eukaryotic organisms can lead to fates as diverse as death and metamorphosis.
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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Transcription: Overcoming chromatin barriers

    Babette E de Jong, John van Noort
    Single-molecule experiments reveal the dynamics of transcription through a nucleosome with single-base-pair accuracy.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Speciation: How predictable is genome evolution?

    Matthew J Coathup et al.
    Similar patterns of genomic divergence have been observed in the evolution of plant species separated by oceans.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Oxygen Sensors: When is a target not a target?

    David C Bersten, Daniel J Peet
    Cells rely on prolyl hydroxylase enzymes to sense low levels of oxygen, but they might act on fewer targets than previously thought.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Spatial Navigation: A question of scale

    Muireann Irish, Siddharth Ramanan
    An fMRI experiment reveals distinct brain regions that respond in a graded manner as humans process distance information across increasing spatial scales.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Physiology: The highs and lows of bird flight

    Jon Harrison
    Bar-headed geese lower their flight metabolic rates to fly in low-oxygen conditions.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Host-Pathogen Interactions: What makes the hepatitis C virus evolve?

    Thomas R O'Brien et al.
    Polymorphisms in the IFNL4 gene that affect both the form and the activity of the coded protein are associated with changes in the hepatitis C virus.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Brain Evolution: Adaptations to extreme conditions

    Barbara S Beltz
    The brain architecture of shrimp living in deep-sea vents provides clues to how these organisms have adapted to extreme living.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Spermatogenesis: A hotspot for new genes

    Anne-Marie Dion-Côté
    Single-cell RNA-sequencing in fruit flies gives an unprecedented picture of how new genes are expressed during the formation of sperm.
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