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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Buffered Qualitative Stability explains the robustness and evolvability of transcriptional networks

    Luca Albergante et al.
    The theory of Buffered Qualitative Stability uses the importance of biological robustness to explain many features of gene regulatory networks in a wide range of organisms, and has implications for diverse biological phenomena including the ability of bacteria and cancer cells to ‘loosen’ their robustness and hence evade treatment.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Cancer systems immunology

    Nathan E Reticker-Flynn, Edgar G Engleman
    Cancer systems immunology is a highly interdisciplinary field that is advancing our ability to understand and predict the complex behavior that orchestrates the interplay between tumors and the immune system.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Untwisting the Caenorhabditis elegans embryo

    Ryan Patrick Christensen et al.
    Open-source software can untwist images of live Caenorhabditis elegans embryos, allowing epidermal and neuronal cell position and morphology to be examined in previously inaccessible developmental time periods.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Cis-activation in the Notch signaling pathway

    Nagarajan Nandagopal et al.
    Activation of Notch receptors by ligands in the same cell (cis-activation) is a prevalent and functional mode of signaling in the Notch pathway, and co-exists with trans-activation and cis-inhibition.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    Lotka-Volterra pairwise modeling fails to capture diverse pairwise microbial interactions

    Babak Momeni et al.
    With mathematical modeling being an important source of insight for microbial communities, we may need to move beyond commonly-used pairwise models that do not capture microbial interactions.
    1. Cell Biology

    Mechanisms of organelle biogenesis govern stochastic fluctuations in organelle abundance

    Shankar Mukherji, Erin K O'Shea
    A systematic comparison of experimentally measured and theoretically predicted magnitudes of organelle abundance fluctuations suggests that budding yeast produces the maximum level of variability in organelle abundance that can be generated by organelle biogenesis pathways.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Hexameric and pentameric complexes of the ExbBD energizer in the Ton system

    Saori Maki-Yonekura et al.
    Crystallography and single particle cryo-EM reveal hexameric and pentameric structures of the ExbBD energizer in the Ton system and oligomeric transition, which provides a unique working mechanism and a new vision of dynamic membrane biology.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Perturbation biology nominates upstream–downstream drug combinations in RAF inhibitor resistant melanoma cells

    Anil Korkut et al.
    Data-driven systems biology models of signaling predict cellular response to untested perturbations and can nominate drug combinations to overcome drug resistance in cancer cells.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Quorums enable optimal pooling of independent judgements in biological systems

    James AR Marshall et al.
    Consideration of signal detection theory shows how decision ecology relates to optimal collective decisions, helping explain the prevalence of quorum-sensing in even the simplest collective systems, such as bacterial communities.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Human Genetics: Immune response is a personal matter

    Pedro G Ferreira, Emmanouil T Dermitzakis
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