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  1. Point of View: Four erroneous beliefs thwarting more trustworthy research

    Mark Yarborough et al.
    Strategies to improve public trust in biomedical research are being hindered by a scientific mindset that stifles interest in reform.
  2. Peer Review: To fund or not to fund?

    Sarah Shailes
    Funding agencies use many different criteria and peer review strategies to assess grant proposals.
  3. Cutting Edge: Using mobile sequencers in an academic classroom

    Sophie Zaaijer et al.
    A university genomics class provides detailed examples of how to design and execute Oxford Nanopore MinION hackathons as part of an academic curriculum.
    1. Neuroscience

    Philosophy of Biology: Seizing an opportunity

    Perry Zurn, Danielle S Bassett
    Historical texts offer researchers in neuroscience, philosophy and literature the opportunity to work together to explore mysteries of the mind and human behavior.
    1. Neuroscience

    Comprehensive machine learning analysis of Hydra behavior reveals a stable basal behavioral repertoire

    Shuting Han et al.
    A novel automated behavior analysis method for Hydra identifies pre-defined and new behavior types, and reveals a stable behavior repertoire.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Patient-specific mutations impair BESTROPHIN1’s essential role in mediating Ca2+-dependent Cl- currents in human RPE

    Yao Li et al.
    A multidisciplinary platform featured by patient-derived RPEs is established to study the disease-causing mechanisms of BEST1 mutations, and demonstrates gene-supplemented rescue of the mutation-caused deficiency in Ca2+-dependent Cl- current in human RPE.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    MorphoGraphX: A platform for quantifying morphogenesis in 4D

    Pierre Barbier de Reuille et al.
    MorphoGraphX summarizes full 3D datasets as curved surface images (2.5D), enabling the efficient quantification of growth and gene expression data from large time-lapse volumetric datasets.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Stress responsive miR-31 is a major modulator of mouse intestinal stem cells during regeneration and tumorigenesis

    Yuhua Tian et al.
    miR-31 drives proliferation of intestinal stem cells, and protects intestinal stem cells against apoptosis both during homeostasis and regeneration in response to ionizing radiation injury, and promotes intestinal tumorigenesis through regulation of multiple signaling pathways.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Synthesizing artificial devices that redirect cellular information at will

    Yuchen Liu et al.
    A novel RNA-based trans-regulatory system that control gene expression in mammalian cells has been developed and they can be coupled to endogenous signals.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Dynamical feature extraction at the sensory periphery guides chemotaxis

    Aljoscha Schulze et al.
    A computational model for the control of chemotaxis in the Drosophila larva clarifies the link between the peripheral encoding of naturalistic olfactory stimuli and action selection.