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  1. Episode 44: January 2018

    In this episode, we hear about self-esteem, a new genus of extinct horse, the future of biological engineering, mosquito trackers, and sperm competition in salmon.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    A positive-feedback-based mechanism for constriction rate acceleration during cytokinesis in Caenorhabditis elegans

    Renat N Khaliullin et al.
    Positive feedback between contractile ring myosin and compression-driven cortical flow can explain the exponential accumulation of contractile ring components and constriction rate acceleration that ensures timely cell separation during cytokinesis.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    The eukaryotic bell-shaped temporal rate of DNA replication origin firing emanates from a balance between origin activation and passivation

    Jean-Michel Arbona et al.
    The universal eukaryotic DNA replication kinetics is the consequence of simple physicochemical rules resulting from the localisation of potential replication origins at discrete sites and the diffusion of limiting origin firing factors in the nuclear space.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Position- and Hippo signaling-dependent plasticity during lineage segregation in the early mouse embryo

    Eszter Posfai et al.
    Lineage specification and commitment are synchronized in the developing trophectoderm lineage of the mouse embryo, but are asynchronous events in the maturing inner cell mass, revealing a window of plasticity in this lineage.
    1. Neuroscience

    The CNS connectome of a tadpole larva of Ciona intestinalis (L.) highlights sidedness in the brain of a chordate sibling

    Kerrianne Ryan et al.
    Serial-section EM analysis uncovers the CNS connectome of a Ciona larva, the second of any entire nervous system, and exposes left-right asymmetries in its synaptic circuits.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Dynamic filopodia are required for chemokine-dependent intracellular polarization during guided cell migration in vivo

    Dana Meyen et al.
    Functional analysis of filopodia by specific interference with their formation and distribution reveals a critical role in conferring intracellular polarity and in controlling the dynamic properties of chemokine-guided cell migration in vivo.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Selections that isolate recombinant mitochondrial genomes in animals

    Hansong Ma, Patrick H O'Farrell
    Recombinant mitochondrial genomes can be selected, traits can be genetically mapped and new genetic combinations can be made.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Autocatalytic microtubule nucleation determines the size and mass of Xenopus laevis egg extract spindles

    Franziska Decker et al.
    Quantitative microscopy and theory show that the size of Xenopus laevis egg extract spindles is controlled by a spatially-regulated autocatalytic growth mechanism driven by microtubule-stimulated microtubule nucleation.
    1. Cell Biology

    Centriolar SAS-7 acts upstream of SPD-2 to regulate centriole assembly and pericentriolar material formation

    Kenji Sugioka et al.
    A genetic screen and live cell imaging show that a newly identified coiled-coil protein called SAS-7 is the earliest acting factor in centriole assembly yet identified in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Cell Biology

    Cortical flow aligns actin filaments to form a furrow

    Anne-Cecile Reymann et al.
    Compressing the actomyosin network by cortical flow causes filaments to align and form a constricting ring.

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