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    1. Ecology

    Mammal communities are larger and more diverse in moderately developed areas

    Arielle Waldstein Parsons et al.
    Citizen science camera trapping showing suburban and wild areas maintain similar levels of mammalian diversity and relative abundance, challenging conventional thoughts about the impacts of urbanization on wildlife.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Phenotypic states become increasingly sensitive to perturbations near a bifurcation in a synthetic gene network

    Kevin Axelrod et al.
    Perturbations in the extracellular environment drive transitions from a highly stable memory state to an alternative phenotype in microorganisms.
  1. Research Culture: A survey of early-career researchers in Australia

    Katherine Christian et al.
    Job insecurity is putting stress on early-career researchers in Australia, compromising their career development and potentially reducing the quality of research.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Normal mitochondrial function in Saccharomyces cerevisiae has become dependent on inefficient splicing

    Marina Rudan et al.
    Removal of mitochondrial introns (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) from their host genes leads to detrimental increase in their transcript levels.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Cell-cycle quiescence maintains Caenorhabditis elegans germline stem cells independent of GLP-1/Notch

    Hannah S Seidel, Judith Kimble
    C. elegans germline stem cells become quiescent under starved conditions, and this quiescence maintains the stem cell state even in the absence of GLP-1/Notch signaling, which is otherwise essential for stem cell maintenance.
    1. Neuroscience

    Output variability across animals and levels in a motor system

    Angela Wenning et al.
    Population output variability in a motor control system varies across levels (CPG, motor neurons, muscles) and can be ascribed to life history differences among animals and in some cases to differences between bilaterally homologous elements.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Filovirus receptor NPC1 contributes to species-specific patterns of ebolavirus susceptibility in bats

    Melinda Ng et al.
    NPC1 is a genetic determinant of filovirus susceptibility in bats, and some variations in bat NPC1 may reflect host adaptations to reduce filovirus replication and virulence.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Fast turnover of genome transcription across evolutionary time exposes entire non-coding DNA to de novo gene emergence

    Rafik Neme, Diethard Tautz
    Deep sequencing of transcriptomes from closely related taxa shows that the whole genome can become subject to evolutionary testing within a short time frame via de novo evolution of genes.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Discovery of a metabolic alternative to the classical mevalonate pathway

    Nikki Dellas et al.
    A combination of phylogenetic and biochemical analyses suggest that some unexpected variations in the synthesis of isoprenoids may be widespread across all three domains of life.
    1. Medicine
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Genomic variations of the mevalonate pathway in porokeratosis

    Zhenghua Zhang et al.
    Mutations in four members of the mevalonate pathway have been identified from 134 index porokeratosis patients, including some that correlate with specific clinical manifestations of the disease.