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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Diversification of the Caenorhabditis heat shock response by Helitron transposable elements

    Jacob M Garrigues et al.
    Helitron transposable elements, by providing high density transcription factor binding sites upstream of host genes, have diversified the heat shock response within and among Caenorhabditis species.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Distinct roles for S. cerevisiae H2A copies in recombination and repeat stability, with a role for H2A.1 threonine 126

    Nealia CM House et al.
    Despite differing by only one amino acid in the C-terminal tail, copy 1 of yeast histone 2A has a repair-specific role not shared by copy 2.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Deep sampling of Hawaiian Caenorhabditis elegans reveals high genetic diversity and admixture with global populations

    Tim A Crombie et al.
    Hawaiian Caenorhabditis elegans harbor high levels of genetic diversity that might represent the complex patterns of ancestral diversity in the species prior to human influence.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    The ribosomal P-stalk couples amino acid starvation to GCN2 activation in mammalian cells

    Heather P Harding et al.
    Genetic lesions that compromise the ribosome P-stalk implicate direct signalling from the ribosome to the translation initiation factor eIF2 kinase GCN2 in the cellular response to amino acid starvation.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Herpesviral lytic gene functions render the viral genome susceptible to novel editing by CRISPR/Cas9

    Hyung Suk Oh et al.
    CRISPR genome editing technology can efficiently introduce mutations into lytic and latent HSV genomes to block lytic replication and reactivation of latent herpes simplex virus genome though differential mechanisms.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Har-P, a short P-element variant, weaponizes P-transposase to severely impair Drosophila development

    Satyam P Srivastav et al.
    A female fertility syndrome in Drosophila called gonadal dysgenesis is caused by the P-transposase actively mobilizing a very short P-element variant that has been named the Har-P.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Interferon-β-induced miR-1 alleviates toxic protein accumulation by controlling autophagy

    Camilla Nehammer et al.
    A microRNA prevents the accumulation of toxic proteins by inducing autophagy.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Plant Biology

    The MADS-box transcription factor PHERES1 controls imprinting in the endosperm by binding to domesticated transposons

    Rita A Batista et al.
    Jumping of transposable elements provides DNA-binding sites for the MADS-box transcription factor PHERES1, allowing the regulation of imprinted genes and other key endosperm development genes.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Micronuclei-based model system reveals functional consequences of chromothripsis in human cells

    Maja Kneissig et al.
    A method to generate human cells with massive chromosomal aberrations on a specific chromosome allows analysis of their consequences.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Novel genetic loci affecting facial shape variation in humans

    Ziyi Xiong et al.
    A comprehensive genome scan of 18,000 multi-ethnic individuals with 3-dimensional facial images highlighted multiple face-associated genetic loci for which regulatory activities in human neural cells were established.