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  1. 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.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Reproduction: Parasites opt for the best of both worlds

    Ellen Decaestecker, Lore Bulteel
    The fungal parasite Podosphaera plantaginis employs both sexual and asexual reproduction to increase its chances of infecting the plant Plantago lanceolata.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Meta-Research: Use of the Journal Impact Factor in academic review, promotion, and tenure evaluations

    Erin C McKiernan et al.
    Almost a quarter of faculty evaluation documents from US and Canadian universities mention Journal Impact Factor and often imply that it measures research quality.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Gene Drive: A family of killers

    Mickaël De Carvalho, Sarah E Zanders
    Spok genes are meiotic drivers that increase their own chances of transmission by killing gametes that do not inherit them.
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    1. Developmental Biology

    Transcriptional Reporters: Watching gene expression in color

    Julie H Simpson
    A combination of two fluorescent proteins with different half-lives allows gene expression to be followed with improved time resolution.
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    1. Ecology

    Symbiosis: Algae and fungi move from the past to the future

    Paola Bonfante
    The ability of photosynthetic algae to enter the hyphae of a soil fungus could tell us more about the evolution of these species.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Gene Transfer: Adapting for life in the extreme

    Carolin M Kobras, Daniel Falush
    Red algae have adapted to extreme environments by acquiring genes from bacteria and archaea.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Neuroscience

    Behavioral Inheritance: When mothers leave their mark

    Raquel Barajas-Azpeleta, Kausik Si
    Progeny can inherit parental experiences through altered brain chemistry.
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  2. A paralyzed bee buried with a wasp egg

    Episode 59: June 2019

    In this episode, we hear about the emerging field of palaeoshellomics, wasp eggs that keep their food fresh, a monkey with a missing visual cortex, new biological methods inspired by astronomy and how to mix a family with a research career.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The untapped potential of medaka and its wild relatives

    Leon Hilgers, Julia Schwarzer
    Studies of medaka and other ricefishes in the wild could provide insights in fields such as evolutionary biology, development and cancer research.