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  1. Point of View: Mitigating the impact of conference and travel cancellations on researchers’ futures

    Tracey Weissgerber et al.
    As the scientific community adapts to new working conditions in response to the growing pandemic, early-career researchers recommend actions to help lessen the unintended consequences of canceled conferences.
  2. Peer Review: Publishing in the time of COVID-19

    Michael B Eisen et al.
    eLife is making changes to its policies on peer review in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the scientific community.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Developmental Variability: Exerting an influence on evolution

    Charles C Roseman
    Experiments on mice have shown that developmental processes are influencing the generation of phenotypic variation in a way that shapes evolution.
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    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Meta-Research: Reader engagement with medical content on Wikipedia

    Lauren A Maggio et al.
    Readers of health and medicine Wikipedia pages are more likely to hover over and view footnotes than other readers, but less likely to view the hyperlinked sources in these footnotes.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Translation: Finding sense in the context

    Kim M Keeling, David M Bedwell
    Ribosomal profiling has shed new light on how ribosomes can ignore stop codons in messenger RNA.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Science Forum: The single-cell eQTLGen consortium

    MGP van der Wijst et al.
    The single-cell eQTLGen consortium aims to pinpoint the cellular contexts in which disease-causing genetic variants affect gene expression and its regulation.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Science Forum: Wikidata as a knowledge graph for the life sciences

    Andra Waagmeester et al.
    Wikidata is continuously-updated resource that could improve the efficiency and accuracy of research in many areas of the life and biomedical sciences.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Polygenic Scores: It is time to get real when trying to predict educational performance

    Cecile Janssens
    A study of 3,500 children in the UK shows that data on socioeconomic background and previous educational achievements can better predict how students will perform at school than genetic data.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Animal Behavior: Whale breaching says it loud and clear

    Alexander J Werth, Charles L Lemon
    A whale leaping above the surface expends an enormous amount of energy, displaying its health and strength to peers and potential mates.
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  3. A seed next to a sign saying "nothing to declare"

    Episode 64: February 2020

    In this episode we hear about genetic privacy, plants with three parents, using cannabis to treat endometriosis, a new type of hearing test and how we can enjoy a cuddle.