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  1. Getting under the skin: an interview with Elena Oancea

    Elena Oancea is a tenure-track assistant professor with her own group at Brown University, where she explores the biology of skin pigmentation and the skin’s responses to light. When she is not a scientist, she is a mother but, as her children tell her, more often than not she is both.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Patterning: Fishing for ancestry

    Hannah Brunsdon, E Elizabeth Patton
    The same genes and signalling pathways control the formation of skin appendages in both fish and land animals.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Tissue Regeneration: Regional differences

    Zhou Yu, Ting Chen
    The skin is a complex landscape containing regions in which hair follicles exhibit different types of behavior.
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    RNA Polymerase II cluster dynamics predict mRNA output in living cells

    Won-Ki Cho et al.
    Quantitative super resolution imaging, in live mammalian cells, reveals a direct relationship between protein clustering dynamics and the number of mRNA transcribed at an endogenous gene locus.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Transglutaminase 2 contributes to a TP53-induced autophagy program to prevent oncogenic transformation

    Shi Yun Yeo et al.
    Loss-of-function screening identified transglutaminase 2 (TGM2) as a putative tumor suppressor in the TP53 pathway and revealed that TGM2-mediated autophagy and CDKN1A-mediated cell cycle arrest are two critical barriers that prevent oncogenic transformation.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Neuroscience

    Sleep-promoting effects of threonine link amino acid metabolism in Drosophila neuron to GABAergic control of sleep drive

    Yoonhee Ki, Chunghun Lim
    Threonine promotes sleep via down-regulation of metabotropic GABA transmission in the ellipsoid body R2 neurons that generate homeostatic sleep drive in Drosophila.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Three-dimensional electron crystallography of protein microcrystals

    Dan Shi et al.
    A new electron diffraction technique called MicroED allows protein structures to be determined from three-dimensional microcrystals.
    1. Neuroscience

    miR-9 regulates basal ganglia-dependent developmental vocal learning and adult vocal performance in songbirds

    Zhimin Shi et al.
    Gene manipulation combined with behavior analysis reveals a role of miR-9 in modulating basal-ganglia-dependent developmental vocal learning and adult vocal performance via regulating the FOXP1/FOXP2 gene network and dopamine signaling in songbirds.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    The dynamic conformational landscape of the protein methyltransferase SETD8

    Shi Chen et al.
    Integrated experimental-computational approaches were implemented to reveal the dynamic conformational landscape of a biologically relevant protein methyltransferase SETD8 for functional annotation.