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    1. Ecology

    Mutualistic Relationships: Balancing metabolism and reproduction

    Songdou Zhang, Shiheng An
    The bacterium responsible for a disease that infects citrus plants across Asia facilitates its own proliferation by increasing the fecundity of its host insect.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Lactation: How to pause fertility

    Aleisha M Moore
    Prolactin suppresses the ovarian cycles of lactating mice by directly repressing the activity of a cell population known as kisspeptin neurons.
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    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    Bacterial Growth: The SagA of E. faecium

    Rishika Prasad, Robert R Jenq
    An enzyme that remodels the cell wall of Enterococcus faecium helps these gut bacteria to divide and generate peptide fragments that enhance the immune response against cancer.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Immune Response: Investigating the role of vitamin D in asthma

    Siddhant Sharma, Mayank Garg
    Results in mice suggest that vitamin D reduces the symptoms of asthma by controlling an immune response that leads to inflammation of the airways.
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Vascular Endothelium: More than just a simple barrier

    Erandi Velazquez-Miranda, Ming He
    Endothelial cell subpopulations are characterized by unique gene expression profiles, epigenetic landscapes and functional properties.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Meta-Research: Blinding reduces institutional prestige bias during initial review of applications for a young investigator award

    Anne E Hultgren, Nicole MF Patras, Jenna Hicks
    Blinding the initial review of applications for Beckman Young Investigator awards reduces prestige bias, but has no impact on the success rates for different genders.
  1. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Unlocking the power of virtual networking for early-career researchers

    Cellas A Hayes, Jordan T Moore ... W Marcus Lambert
    'Cold emails' and social media platforms, notably Twitter/X and LinkedIn, can be used to build virtual networks for early career trainees.
  2. Cartoon figures of various people working in research as they sit or stand on a cartoon brains with items reflecting the diversity of activities in academia. Vicky Bowskill (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

    Being Neurodivergent in Academia

    Edited by Elsa Loissel et al.
    Neurodiversity in research, from the perspective of neurodivergent scientists.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Epigenetics: Linking environmental factors and gene regulation

    Signe Penner-Goeke, Elisabeth B Binder
    A technique called mSTARR-seq sheds light on how DNA methylation may shape responses to external stimuli by altering the activity of sequences that control gene expression.
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  3. Line drawing of a human figure sitting on a stylised brain, in front of white sparks on a purple magenta background. Vicky Bowskill (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

    Being Neurodivergent in Academia: Autistic and abroad

    Andrew K Schulz
    An AuDHD researcher recounts the highs and lows of relocating to Germany for his postdoc.