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    1. Neuroscience

    SpikeForest, reproducible web-facing ground-truth validation of automated neural spike sorters

    Jeremy Magland et al.
    Ten popular spike sorting codes are reproducibly benchmarked for accuracy on electrophysiology datasets from eleven laboratories with interactive web-based exploration of thousands of ground-truth units.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Pan-mammalian analysis of molecular constraints underlying extended lifespan

    Amanda Kowalczyk et al.
    Cancer control, DNA repair, and immunity are key functionalities underlying the evolution of extended lifespan in mammals.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Resolving homology in the face of shifting germ layer origins: Lessons from a major skull vault boundary

    Camilla S Teng et al.
    Homology of vertebrate skull structures should be based on evolutionary continuity and an appreciation of germ layer origins and inductive signaling in the embryonic head.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Shaping of inner ear sensory organs through antagonistic interactions between Notch signalling and Lmx1a

    Zoe F Mann et al.
    A dynamic confrontation between Notch signalling and the transcription factor Lmx1a at the borders of the developing inner ear sensory patches regulates their segregation and the positioning of their boundaries.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Reproduction: What is a placental mammal anyway?

    Patrick Abbot, John A Capra
    Many developmental functions in marsupials and eutherian mammals are accomplished by different tissues, but similar genes.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Repeated losses of PRDM9-directed recombination despite the conservation of PRDM9 across vertebrates

    Zachary Baker et al.
    PRDM9 is widely conserved across vertebrates yet has been lost numerous times, as has its role in directing meiotic recombination.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Medicine

    Evaluating mesenchymal stem cell therapy for sepsis with preclinical meta-analyses prior to initiating a first-in-human trial

    Manoj M Lalu et al.
    A rigorous and transparent evaluation of mesenchymal stem cell therapy for sepsis suggests it may be efficacious, although the strength of these findings is tempered by threats to validity in the studies that were included.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Evolution-guided functional analyses reveal diverse antiviral specificities encoded by IFIT1 genes in mammals

    Matthew D Daugherty et al.
    Evolutionary innovation and turnover in the IFIT1 antiviral gene family has led to diverse repertoires of antiviral specificity across mammals.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    The brown adipocyte protein CIDEA promotes lipid droplet fusion via a phosphatidic acid-binding amphipathic helix

    David Barneda et al.
    An interaction between the brown fat protein CIDEA and the phospholipid phosphatidic acid is vital for the expansion of intracellular lipid droplets for energy storage.
    1. Cell Biology

    Transmembrane chemokines act as receptors in a novel mechanism termed inverse signaling

    Kirsten Hattermann et al.
    In a new mechanism of cellular communication termed “inverse signaling", a transmembrane chemokine acts as a "receptor" for its previously shed form.