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    1. Neuroscience

    Memory Formation: Let’s replay

    Björn Rasch
    Reactivating brain activity patterns during sleep enhances memory performance the next day.
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    1. Plant Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics
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    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Genetic, evolutionary and plant breeding insights from the domestication of maize

    Sarah Hake, Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra
    Comparing maize to its wild ancestor teosinte advances our understanding of how it and other cereal crops evolved, and also identifies the genetic variation that can contribute to important agricultural traits.
  1. Point of View: The writing on the wall

    Henry R Bourne
    The biomedical research enterprise in the US has become unsustainable and urgent action is needed to address a variety of problems.
  2. Science Writing Competition: Hip, hip, hooray!

    Emma Pewsey
    The use of X-rays to investigate why bones break could lead to treatments that reduce the number of elderly people who suffer broken hips.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolutionary Morphology: One size does not fit all

    Diethard Tautz
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  3. Research: Theory, models and biology

    Wenying Shou et al.
    Theoretical ideas have a rich history in many areas of biology, and new theories and mathematical models have much to offer in the future.
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  4. 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. 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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  5. Scientist and Parent: Planning during pregnancy

    Bridget M Kuehn
    Colleagues, funders and institutions can support pregnant researchers in a variety of ways.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology
    Killifish illustration

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Nothobranchius furzeri, an 'instant' fish from an ephemeral habitat

    Martin Reichard, Matej Polačik
    The turquoise killifish from ephemeral pools in African savannah combines extremely short lifespan with a standard vertebrate body plan – ideal attributes for a laboratory animal.