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Two Pathways to Focus the Growing Eye

October 9, 2018

Two Pathways to Focus the Growing Eye

A transcriptomic study by Tatiana Tkatchenko, David Troilo, Alexandra Benavente-Perez and Andrei Tkatchenko shows that myopic and hyperopic defocus signals drive the growth of developing primate eyes in opposite directions via different signaling pathways. 

Image credit: Andrei Tkatchenko

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10/11/2018

research article

The Dreams of Lizards

A study of sleep in lizards by Paul-Antoine Libourel, Anthony Herrel, Pierre-Hervé Luppi and co-workers shows that, as in mammals and birds, two distinct sleep states exist, suggesting that this is an ancestral feature of amniotes; however the phenotype of these states differs between closely related species.

Image credit: Flickr used Renee Grayson

The Dreams of Lizards

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Saving the Horseshoe Crab

Tom Maloney, Ryan Phelan and Naira Simmons call upon the biomedical industry to convert from using horseshoe crab blood for endotoxin detection to a recombinant-based synthetic alternative, showing that it has equivalent or superior efficacy.

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Saving the Horseshoe Crab

10/08/2018

short Report

Extracellular Vesicles and Candida Biofilm

Robert Zarnowski, David Andes and co-workers show that the development of biofilm in the pathogenic fungus Candida albicans induces packaging of distinct vesicle cargoes that play a role in extracellular matrix biogenesis.

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Extracellular Vesicles and Candida Biofilm

10/08/2018

Research Article

A Noncoding RNA Oncogene

Suchismita Panda, Meenakshi Setia, LC Padhy, Anjali Shiras and colleagues show that the noncoding RNA Ginir functions as an oncogene, triggering dysregulation of mitosis by disrupting the interaction between Cep112 and Brca1, and causing malignant transformation.

A Noncoding RNA Oncogene

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10/09/2018

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The Placenta goes Viral

Edward Chuong discusses the implications of a new study which finds that gestation length in primates is regulated by an enhancer element derived from an ancient retrovirus. Read the related Short Report.

The Placenta goes Viral

Image credit: Joanna Malinowska, Freestocks.org

10/09/2018

editorial

Confronting Climate Change in the Age of Denial

Liza Gross introduces a Collection of articles in which authors explore the challenges and pitfalls of communicating the science of climate change in an atmosphere where evidence doesn't matter.

Confronting Climate Change in the Age of Denial

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10/09/2018

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Images and Climate Change

Snowballs are weather but glaciers are climate: Stephan Lewandowsky and Lorraine Whitmarsh argues the importance of using appropriate pictures when biologists communicate about climate change to the public.

Images and Climate Change

Image credit: Gary Bembridge

10/09/2018

PERspective

Tracking Arctic Marine Mammal Resilience

Rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic is altering marine mammal habitats. Sue Moore and Randall Reeves propose a simple method to assess population status and guide conservation efforts.

Tracking Arctic Marine Mammal Resilience

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10/09/2018

perspective

(Escaping) the Paradox of Scientific Storytelling

Michael Dahlstrom and Dietram Scheufele explore how science can preserve its credibility as curator of knowledge while using a story-based communication format.

(Escaping) the Paradox of Scientific Storytelling

Image credit: Jean-Léon Gérôme

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