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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Tropical Disease: Dissecting the schistosome cloak

    Carolyn E Adler
    Two proteins required for the growth of a skin-like structure called the tegument in parasitic flatworms could be new targets for drugs to kill these parasites.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Transmission genetics of drug-resistant hepatitis C virus

    Nicholas van Buuren et al.
    Interactions between viral genomes within the same cells can impact the selection of drug-resistant variants and this has been finessed by hepatitis C virus.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    IRF4 haploinsufficiency in a family with Whipple’s disease

    Antoine Guérin et al.
    Autosomal dominant IRF4 deficiency is the first genetic etiology of Whipple's disease, a very rare chronic condition following a rather common infection by Tropheryma whipplei.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Mapping mutational effects along the evolutionary landscape of HIV envelope

    Hugh K Haddox et al.
    Deep mutational scanning of Env proteins from two transmitted-founder strains of HIV shows how the accessible evolutionary space changes as the virus evolves.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Research: A comprehensive and quantitative exploration of thousands of viral genomes

    Gita Mahmoudabadi, Rob Phillips
    A compendium of critical genomic numbers for viruses through the lenses of different viral classification systems.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Spontaneous dormancy protects Trypanosoma cruzi during extended drug exposure

    Fernando J Sánchez-Valdéz et al.
    Intracellular amastigotes of the Chagas disease agent Trypanosoma cruzi can spontaneously enter an extended state of replicative dormancy, during which time they are resistant to drug treatment both in vitro and in vivo.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Immunodeficiency: Back from the brink of obscurity

    Donald C Vinh
    A mutation in a transcription factor makes people susceptible to Trophyrema whippelii, the bacterium that causes a rare condition called Whipple's disease.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Resilience of small intestinal beneficial bacteria to the toxicity of soybean oil fatty acids

    Sara C Di Rienzi et al.
    Comparisons between lactobacilli bacteria in the small intestine and those evolved in the lab reveal several modes of resistance to toxic fatty acids.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Codon usage bias controls mRNA and protein abundance in trypanosomatids

    Laura Jeacock et al.
    Global relative mRNA and protein abundance in trypanosomatids can be effectively estimated at transcriptomic and proteomic scales based on protein-coding sequences alone.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Codon choice directs constitutive mRNA levels in trypanosomes

    Janaina de Freitas Nascimento et al.
    The information for mRNAs expression level is set by codon choice in trypanosomes and requires translation to be interpreted into a turnover rate.