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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Gamete expression of TALE class HD genes activates the diploid sporophyte program in Marchantia polymorpha

    Tom Dierschke et al.
    The ancestral mechanism to activate diploid gene expression via homeodomain transcription factors was retained in liverworts, an early diverging land plant lineage, and subsequently co-opted during evolution of the diploid sporophyte body.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Selfing is the safest sex for Caenorhabditis tropicalis

    Luke M Noble et al.
    Out breeding depression in Caenorhabditis tropicalis is due to common maternal-offspring incompatibilities that interact with a highly heterogeneous genetic background and may provide a short-term advantage to inbreeding.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Decoupled maternal and zygotic genetic effects shape the evolution of development

    Christina Zakas et al.
    Early development involves both maternal and zygotic genetic effects. This dual genetic basis shapes the evolution of developmental mode in a marine annelid.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Competition between histone and transcription factor binding regulates the onset of transcription in zebrafish embryos

    Shai R Joseph et al.
    The relative levels of histones and transcription factors in the nucleus determine transcriptional output in zebrafish embryos.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Controlling contractile instabilities in the actomyosin cortex

    Masatoshi Nishikawa et al.
    Combining quantitative biological experiment and physical description of actomyosin cortex reveals a contractile instability in the cortex of C. elegans embryo, and its biochemical control in order to robustly drive morphogenetic events.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Differentiating Drosophila female germ cells initiate Polycomb silencing by regulating PRC2-interacting proteins

    Steven Z DeLuca et al.
    Characterization of Drosophila female germ cell differentiation shows that nurse cells initiate Polycomb silencing by regulating Pcl and Scm levels to alter the biochemical properties of the PRC2 H3K27 methylase.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Establishment and maintenance of heritable chromatin structure during early Drosophila embryogenesis

    Shelby A Blythe, Eric F Wieschaus
    The patterns of chromatin architecture that underlie the initial embryonic cell fate decisions are established during a period of intense cell cycle activity, and these patterns are stably maintained even in highly condensed mitotic chromatin.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Compartmentalized oskar degradation in the germ plasm safeguards germline development

    Catherine E Eichler et al.
    RNP granules confer temporal and spatial regulation of oskar mRNA degradation to minimize inheritance of oskar mRNAby germ cells and thereby protect germline development.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Zygotic gene activation in the chicken occurs in two waves, the first involving only maternally derived genes

    Young Sun Hwang et al.
    In Aves, the first wave of transcription is derived exclusively from the maternal genome.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Establishment of H3K9me3-dependent heterochromatin during embryogenesis in Drosophila miranda

    Kevin H-C Wei et al.
    Heterochromatin is established at nucleation sites associated with open chromatin and RNA transcripts and matures into stable domains if they are found near transposable elements targeted by maternally deposited piRNAs.