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    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    MERS-CoV spillover at the camel-human interface

    Gytis Dudas et al.
    MERS-CoV infections in the Arabian Peninsula are the result of several hundred spillover events from viruses circulating in camels into the human population.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Intrinsic adaptive value and early fate of gene duplication revealed by a bottom-up approach

    Guillermo Rodrigo, Mario A Fares
    Gene duplication is a useful strategy to reduce intrinsic noise in gene expression, which can provide a selective advantage in scenarios of cost-benefit analysis of expression.
    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Destructive disinfection of infected brood prevents systemic disease spread in ant colonies

    Christopher D Pull et al.
    Upon detecting a fatal infection using chemical cues, ants puncture the cuticle of sick brood and inject antimicrobial poison that disrupts the pathogen's life cycle and prevents it from reproducing, thus protecting the colony from disease.
    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Functional divergence of paralogous transcription factors supported the evolution of biomineralization in echinoderms

    Jian Ming Khor, Charles A Ettensohn
    A gene duplication event has permitted the functional specialization of a homeodomain transcription factor through changes in exon-intron organization and these changes have supported the evolution of a major, phylum-level morphological novelty.
    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Development: Transforming a transcription factor

    Robert D Burke
    A transcription factor that regulates skeleton formation in sea urchin embryos has evolved a new domain that is essential for this process.
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    1. Genes and Chromosomes
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Cis-regulatory evolution integrated the Bric-à-brac transcription factors into a novel fruit fly gene regulatory network

    Maxwell J Roeske et al.
    The conserved biochemical activity of the duplicate Bab transcription factors were integrated into the regulatory hierarchy of an evolving gene regulatory network by binding site gains in a target gene's cis-regulatory region.
    1. Genes and Chromosomes
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Transcription-factor-dependent enhancer transcription defines a gene regulatory network for cardiac rhythm

    Xinan H Yang et al.
    Transcription-factor-dependent noncoding RNA transcription illuminates components of a transcription-factor-dependent gene regulatory network that includes enhancer-associated long noncoding RNAs and is necessary for cardiac rhythm.
    1. Genes and Chromosomes
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Convergence of topological domain boundaries, insulators, and polytene interbands revealed by high-resolution mapping of chromatin contacts in the early Drosophila melanogaster embryo

    Michael R Stadler et al.
    Fruit fly chromosomes are divided into discrete structural domains by regions of decompacted chromatin, suggesting a novel model for the formation of a known class of genetic elements.
    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Quiescence unveils a novel mutational force in fission yeast

    Serge Gangloff et al.
    The quiescence-driven mutational landscape reveals replication-independent mutagenesis as a novel evolutionary force.