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Mindboggling morphometry of human brains

February 23, 2017

Mindboggling morphometry of human brains

Image credit: Klein et al.

02/21/2017

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Metacoder: An R package for visualization and manipulation of community taxonomic diversity data

Community-level data is often graphed as stacked bar charts or pie graphs that use color to represent taxa. These graph types do not convey the hierarchical structure of taxonomic classifications and are limited by the use of color for categories. Grünwald et al. develop metacoder, an R package for easily parsing and graphing publication-ready plots of hierarchical data.

Image credit: Grünwald et al.

Metacoder: An R package for visualization and manipulation of community taxonomic diversity data

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02/21/2017

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Two dynamic regimes in the human gut microbiome


The gut microbiome is a dynamic system that changes with host development, health, behavior, diet, and microbe-microbe interactions. Dynamics reveal crucial information about how a system functions. In this study, Gibbons et al. develop an approach for disentangling two types of dynamics within the human gut microbiome. We find that autoregressive dynamics involve recovery from large deviations in community structure. 

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Two dynamic regimes in the human gut microbiome

02/23/2017

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ALKBH7 Variant Related to Prostate Cancer Exhibits Altered Substrate Binding

Improvements in personalized DNA sequencing have led to an increased interest in targeted biomarkers for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. In this work, Walker et al. report on a new biomarker for prostate cancer found through a targeted search for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the genes encoding human ALKBH family dioxygenases.

Image credit: Walker et al.

ALKBH7 Variant Related to Prostate Cancer Exhibits Altered Substrate Binding

02/10/2017

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Human mobility and the spatial transmission of influenza in the United States

Using statistical methods, Charu et al. found that seven of eight influenza epidemics likely originated in the Southern US and that seasons marked by novel influenza virus circulation had a particularly radial, localized spatial structure. These findings are in stark contrast to prevailing theories of influenza spatial transmission. 

Human mobility and the spatial transmission of influenza in the United States

Image credit: Charu et al.

02/22/2017

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Erin, Jameison and Chris discuss their recent study in PLOS NTDs study that identifies numerous factors propelling the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas.

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02/21/2017

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