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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Dynamically evolving novel overlapping gene as a factor in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

    Chase W Nelson et al.
    A novel, overlapping, putatively functional gene in SARS-CoV-2, ORF3d, is absent from close relatives of SARS-CoV-2 and may have contributed to the biology, emergence, or spread of the virus.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Insights into electrosensory organ development, physiology and evolution from a lateral line-enriched transcriptome

    Melinda S Modrell et al.
    An unbiased transcriptomic approach reveals that developing paddlefish electrosensory organs express genes essential for mechanosensory hair cell development and synaptic transmission, and identifies candidates for mediating electroreceptor development and function.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Multifactorial processes underlie parallel opsin loss in neotropical bats

    Alexa Sadier et al.
    Parallel losses of short-wave light sensitivity in diverse bats occurred through independent changes at multiple steps in the conversion of genotype into functional phenotype, including pre-, during, and post-transcription.
    1. Neuroscience

    Nonlinear circuits for naturalistic visual motion estimation

    James E Fitzgerald, Damon A Clark
    New computational models provide insights into how the insect brain estimates the speed and direction of movement.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Mutations associated with human neural tube defects display disrupted planar cell polarity in Drosophila

    Ashley C Humphries et al.
    Human neural tube closure defects associated mutations in planar cell polarity (PCP) genes are causative of the disease, as revealed in the intricate Drosophila PCP model.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Natural changes in light interact with circadian regulation at promoters to control gene expression in cyanobacteria

    Joseph Robert Piechura et al.
    Cyanobacteria cope with both predictable day/night changes and natural fluctuations in light during the day by adjusting the expression dynamics of circadian-clock-controlled genes via a network of transcriptional regulators.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Quantitative analyses reveal extracellular dynamics of Wnt ligands in Xenopus embryos

    Yusuke Mii et al.
    Wnt distribution is regulated by a dynamic exchange of its abundant scaffold-bound and rare freely diffusing populations, providing insights into a conceived dilemma of speed and stability of tissue patterning.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A structural mechanism for bacterial autotransporter glycosylation by a dodecameric heptosyltransferase family

    Qing Yao et al.
    Protein heptosyltransferases modify a group of bacterial autotransporters for virulence function and employ a novel structural mechanism for the processive hyperglycosylation of the autotransporter.
    1. Neuroscience

    Neural activity in a hippocampus-like region of the teleost pallium is associated with active sensing and navigation

    Haleh Fotowat et al.
    Sparse firing in a hippocampus-like structure of the teleost telencephalon is linked to spatial navigation and active sensing.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Neuronal sources of hedgehog modulate neurogenesis in the adult planarian brain

    Ko W Currie et al.
    Planarian brain neurons modulate their turnover by signaling to nearby stem cells.