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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Shore crabs reveal novel evolutionary attributes of the mushroom body

    Nicholas Strausfeld, Marcel E Sayre
    Dramatic phenotypic divergence of crustacean mushroom bodies map to phylogenetic lineages, thereby offering unexplored opportunities for relating divergent cognitive centers to different ecologies and behavioral repertoires required to negotiate them.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The rise and fall of the ancient northern pike master sex-determining gene

    Qiaowei Pan et al.
    Tracing the evolution of an old master sex determination gene reveals a diversity of sex determination transitions, including a complete Y chromosome loss, among an old teleost order (Esociformes).
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Formicine ants swallow their highly acidic poison for gut microbial selection and control

    Simon Tragust et al.
    Poison acidified crops sanitize food and limit disease transmission while at the same time structuring the gut microbiota and thus contribute to the ecological and evolutionary success of formicine ants.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Globally defining the effects of mutations in a picornavirus capsid

    Florian Mattenberger et al.
    Comprehensive analyses of how mutations in a picornavirus capsid affect viral fitness provide novel insights into viral biology, evolution, and host interactions.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Evidence for adaptive evolution in the receptor-binding domain of seasonal coronaviruses OC43 and 229e

    Kathryn E Kistler, Trevor Bedford
    Phylogenetic and computational methods reveal that at least two seasonal coronaviruses are evolving adaptively in the region of the viral spike protein exposed to the human humoral immune system.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Selfing is the safest sex for Caenorhabditis tropicalis

    Luke M Noble et al.
    Out breeding depression in Caenorhabditis tropicalis is due to common maternal-offspring incompatibilities that interact with a highly heterogeneous genetic background and may provide a short-term advantage to inbreeding.