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    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Global genome diversity of the Leishmania donovani complex

    Susanne U Franssen et al.
    Genomic data for the parasites that cause visceral leishmaniasis provides the first global picture of the diversity and evolution of the pathogen and the epidemiology of this fatal tropical disease.
    1. Developmental Biology

    An abundant quiescent stem cell population in Drosophila Malpighian tubules protects principal cells from kidney stones

    Chenhui Wang, Allan C Spradling
    Drosophila renal stem cells are exceptional in abundance, require induction to produce a single cell type, principal cells, and mitigate damage during adulthood associated with external stresses.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Eya2 promotes cell cycle progression by regulating DNA damage response during vertebrate limb regeneration

    Konstantinos Sousounis et al.
    Experimental manipulation of a core DNA damage response factor and cell-cycle checkpoint regulators reveals a key role for these processes in the progenitor cells that fuel limb regeneration.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    The hazards of smoking and the benefits of cessation: a critical summation of the epidemiological evidence in high-income countries

    Prabhat Jha
    Cumulatively, from 1950 to 2015, smoking-related disease has been the biggest cause of premature death in high-income countries, with elevated risks of smoking continuing well into the 21st century.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Stop codon context influences genome-wide stimulation of termination codon readthrough by aminoglycosides

    Jamie R Wangen, Rachel Green
    Ribosome profiling reveals genome-wide stimulation of stop codon readthrough by aminoglycosides that is influenced sequence context.
    1. Neuroscience

    Push-pull competition between bottom-up and top-down auditory attention to natural soundscapes

    Nicholas Huang, Mounya Elhilali
    Everyday soundscapes dynamically engage attention towards target sounds or salient ambient events, with both attentional forms engaging the same fronto-parietal network but in a push-pull competition for limited neural resources.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Synthetic and genomic regulatory elements reveal aspects of cis-regulatory grammar in mouse embryonic stem cells

    Dana M King et al.
    The independent effects of transcription factor binding sites are large regardless of sequence context, but the interactions between sites are context dependent.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    The evolutionary plasticity of chromosome metabolism allows adaptation to constitutive DNA replication stress

    Marco Fumasoni, Andrew W Murray
    Evolutionary adaptation to a constitutive perturbation of DNA replication reveals that adaptive mutations in three conserved pathways interact to restore faithful chromosome replication and segregation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Adaptation of hydroxymethylbutenyl diphosphate reductase enables volatile isoprenoid production

    Mareike Bongers et al.
    Differences in HDR product preference present a novel mechanism in plants to control substrate availability for short- and long-chain isoprenoids.
    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Accelerated viral dynamics in bat cell lines, with implications for zoonotic emergence

    Cara E Brook et al.
    Bats' uniquely robust innate antiviral immune defenses select for faster transmitting viruses likely to generate extreme virulence upon spillover to secondary hosts with immune systems divergent from those of bat.