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    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Planting molecular functions in an ecological context with Arabidopsis thaliana

    Ute Krämer
    Research in molecular ecology and evolution is increasingly utilizing the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, placing a spotlight on its natural history.
    1. Cell Biology

    Autophagy: COPII vesicles and the expansion of the phagophore

    Catherine Rabouille
    A new study has identified the proteins that adapt COPII vesicles to the needs of starving cells.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Point of View: Data science for the scientific life cycle

    Daphne Ezer, Kirstie Whitaker
    Each stage of the scientific life cycle stands to benefit from the introduction of data science techniques.
  1. Meta-Research: How significant are the public dimensions of faculty work in review, promotion and tenure documents?

    Juan P Alperin et al.
    An analysis of review, promotion and tenure documents from 129 US and Canadian universities suggests institutions could better fulfill their public missions by changing how they incentivize the public dimensions of faculty work.
    1. Neuroscience

    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Marking the differences in motoneurons

    Simon A Sharples, Patrick J Whelan
    A subgroup of the neurons that control muscles becomes less excitable shortly before the symptoms of ALS develop.
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  2. Point of View: Overflow in science and its implications for trust

    Sabina Siebert et al.
    Interviews with senior biomedical researchers reveal a perceived decline in trust in the scientific enterprise, in large part because the quantity of new data exceeds the field's ability to process it appropriately.
  3. Scientific Publishing: Recognizing the importance of new tools and resources for research

    Randy Schekman et al.
    eLife is introducing a new article type—called Tools and Resources—to highlight new experimental techniques, datasets, software tools and other resources.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Cutting Edge: Anatomy of BioJS, an open source community for the life sciences

    Guy Yachdav et al.
    Community nurturing is the single most important factor in determining the sustainability of an open source project such as BioJS.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Development: Cell death machinery makes life more robust

    Cristina Aguirre-Chen, Christopher M Hammell
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