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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Task specialization across research careers

    Nicolas Robinson-Garcia et al.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Plant-Microbe Interactions: Finding phenazine

    Sarah J Wolfson, Libusha Kelly
    Analysis of genetic information from soil samples provides insights into bacteria that help to protect crops from fungal diseases by producing chemicals called phenazines.
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  1. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: ASPIRES

    A longitudinal survey of young people in the UK has found that girls, working-class and minority ethnic students feel they have to work harder to be seen as ‘authentic’ science students.
    1. Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Parkinson’s Disease: Debunking an old theory

    Teresa Spix, Aryn Gittis
    Recording the neural activity of cells in the brain of patients with Parkinson's disease challenges long-standing assumptions about how this disease manifests at the cellular level.
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  2. Meta-Research: Questionable research practices may have little effect on replicability

    Rolf Ulrich, Jeff Miller
    Although questionable research practices inflate false positive rates, they have little effect on replicability because they also increase power.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Mutations: A larger target leads to faster evolution

    Bing Yang, Scott A Rifkin
    The speed at which a cell fate decision in nematode worms evolves is due to the number of genes that control the decision, rather than to a high mutation rate.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Seasonal Influenza: The challenges of vaccine strain selection

    Amanda C Perofsky, Martha I Nelson
    New measures of influenza virus fitness could improve vaccine strain selection through more accurate forecasts of the evolution of the virus.
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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Membrane Transport: Riding elevators into and out of cells

    Adam W Duster, Hai Lin
    The mechanisms responsible for the trafficking of carboxylate ions across cell membranes are becoming clearer.
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  3. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Marcus Lambert

    Marcus Lambert, Assistant Dean of Diversity at Weill Cornell Medicine, describes how improving diversity in the scientific workforce is going to take more than attracting students from underrepresented groups.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Vascular Biology: Severing umbilical ties

    Jessica E Wagenseil, Karen M Downs
    High levels of proteins called proteoglycans in the walls of umbilical arteries enable these arteries to close rapidly after birth and thus prevent blood loss in newborns.
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