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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Insights into the evolution of social systems and species from baboon studies

    Julia Fischer et al.
    Wild baboons are an excellent model to study complex evolutionary processes such as speciation and hybridization, as well as the links between sociality, longevity and reproductive success.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Regeneration: Lymphatic vessels help mend broken hearts

    Catherine Pfefferli, Anna Jaźwińska
    Experiments on zebrafish show that the regeneration of the heart after an injury depends on lymphatic vessels.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Enzyme Mechanisms: Wedging open a catalytic site

    Annie Beuve
    The activation mechanism of the nitric oxide receptor has been revealed by cryo-electron microscopy.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Prefrontal Cortex: A tale of two pathways

    Jonathan A Oler, Julie L Fudge
    A combination of invasive and non-invasive techniques has allowed researchers to take a closer look at the two major neural pathways that connect the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex.
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    Episode 61: October 2019

    In this episode we hear about parents passing on new mutations, a genetic mystery 100 years in the making, the experiences of early-career group leaders, and more.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Bacterial Survival: Life on a leaf

    Robin Tecon
    Microscopic water films allow bacteria to survive the seemingly dry surface of plant leaves.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Philosophy of Biology: The meanings of 'function' in biology and the problematic case of de novo gene emergence

    Diane Marie Keeling et al.
    A lexicon to help scientists and philosophers discuss the meaning of function in molecular biology more clearly is proposed.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Research Culture: Co-reviewing and ghostwriting by early-career researchers in the peer review of manuscripts

    Gary S McDowell et al.
    Early career researchers commonly peer review manuscripts on behalf of invited reviewers, often without receiving feedback or being named to the journal.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Bacterial Evolution: The road to resistance

    Devon M Fitzgerald
    The way that bacteria grow—either floating in liquid or attached to a surface—affects their ability to evolve antimicrobial resistance and our ability to treat infections.
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  2. Living Science: Watching jellyfish

    Eve Marder
    The natural world is more complex, and also more fragile, than it appears.