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04/11/2018

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TGFβ signaling related genes are involved in hormonal mediation during termite soldier differentiation

The acquisition of a sterile caste is a key step in animal eusocial evolution, however, the evolutionary background to acquiring the soldier caste is still largely unclear. Here, Yudai Masuoka et al perform transcriptome analysis of heads during worker and soldier caste differentiation under natural conditions in Zootermopsis nevadensis, for which the whole-genome sequence is available.

Image credit: Yudai Masuoka and colleagues

TGFβ signaling related genes are involved in hormonal mediation during termite soldier differentiation

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04/05/2018

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Identification and functional analysis of glycemic trait loci in the China Health and Nutrition Survey

Type 2 diabetes risk and levels of glucose, insulin, and HbA1c are heritable traits correlated with risk of other diseases and mortality. To identify genetic contributions to type 2 diabetes and related glycemic traits, Cassandra N. Spracklen and colleagues conduct genome-wide association analyses in up to 7,178 Chinese subjects from nine provinces in the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS). 

Identification and functional analysis of glycemic trait loci in the China Health and Nutrition Survey

Image credit: Cassandra N. Spracklen, Jinxiu Shi and colleagues

04/02/2018

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FIGL1 and its novel partner FLIP form a conserved complex that regulates homologous recombination

Homologous recombination is a DNA repair mechanism which can be used during sexual reproduction. Here, Fernandes et al identify a novel protein complex (FLIP-FIGL1) that regulates homologous recombination and is conserved from plants to mammals, suggesting the existence of a novel mode of regulation at a central step of homologous recombination.

FIGL1 and its novel partner FLIP form a conserved complex that regulates homologous recombination

Image credit: Joiselle Blanche Fernandes and colleagues

04/05/2018

Review

A genomic overview of the population structure of Salmonella

Alikhan et al discuss the recent proposal to replace serotyping of Salmonella enterica by so-called eBurst groups (eBGs) - based on the alleles of seven housekeeping genes - and the associated problems.

A genomic overview of the population structure of Salmonella

Image credit: Nabil-Fareed Alikhan and colleagues

02/22/2018

perspective

Sex: Not all that it’s cracked up to be?

Eves-van den Akker and Jones comment on work from Blanc-Mathieu et al., who investigate the impact of allopolyploidy on plasticity in the root-knot nematodes Meloidogyne incognita, M. javanica, and M. arenaria.

Sex: Not all that it’s cracked up to be?

Image credit: Sebastian Eves-van den Akker and John T. Jones

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