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Detecting editorial bias and nepotistic journals

November 23, 2021

Detecting editorial bias and nepotistic journals

Alexandre Scanff, Clara Locher and colleagues explore the relationship between hyper-prolific authors and a journal’s editorial team, finding a subset of journals where a few authors, often members of the editorial board, were responsible for a disproportionate number of publications.

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11/23/2021

Research Article

Translation, degradation and miRISC in neuronal plasticity

Balakumar Srinivasan, Sarbani Samaddar, Sourav Banerjee and co-workers reveal that RNA-dependent synergy between translation, degradation and miRISC remodeling is needed to achieve synaptic homeostasis during chronic changes in network activity. Also read the accompanying Primer by Ana Luisa Carvalho and Dominique Fernandes.

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Translation, degradation and miRISC in neuronal plasticity

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11/18/2021

Research Article

Glia for the heart

Nina Kikel-Coury, Cody Smith and colleagues reveal that astrocyte-like cells termed cardiac nexus glia populate the heart, and that these cells are important for cardiac homeostasis, modulating heart rate and rhythm during development.

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Glia for the heart

11/18/2021

Update Article

Syncing sight and sound

A combination of psychophysics, computational modelling and fMRI, by Ambra Ferrari and Uta Noppeney, reveals novel insights into how the brain controls the binding of information across the senses, such as the voice and lip movements of a speaker.

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Syncing sight and sound

11/17/2021

Short Reports

The remarkable radiation resistance of placozoans

The placozoan Trichoplax adhaerens is able to tolerate high levels of radiation and is resilient to DNA damage; Angelo Fortunato, Carlo Maley and co-authors reveal that exposure to X-rays triggers the extrusion of cell clusters which subsequently die, and that radiation exposure induces the overexpression of genes involved in DNA repair.

The remarkable radiation resistance of placozoans

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11/16/2021

Methods and Resources

A phield guide to phage

Enea Maffei, Aisylu Shaidullina, Alexander Harms and colleagues present the BASEL collection of phages that infect the model bacterium E. coli; this resource for the community is representative of natural E. coli phage diversity and has been extensively characterized phenotypically and genomically.


A phield guide to phage

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11/16/2021

Research Article

The economics of managing evolution

Humans are altering biological systems at unprecedented rates and these alterations often have longer-term evolutionary impacts, such as the spread of resistance to pesticides and antibiotics. In this study, Troy Day, David McAdams and co-authors derive a simple mathematical criterion that determines when it pays to invest in strategies for controlling and managing evolutionary change.

The economics of managing evolution

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11/15/2021

Methods and Resources

Cloud-based biodiversity data annotation

This study presents a cloud-based toolbox for the flexible fusion of biodiversity records with remotely sensed and other environmental information that supports an assessment and accounting of such scale dependencies.

Cloud-based biodiversity data annotation

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11/12/2021

Perspective

Human mucosal tissue models for vaccine testing?

There is a need for better models to improve preclinical testing of vaccines. This Perspective article argues that advanced mucosal human tissue models could present a solution to this pressing problem in the future.

Human mucosal tissue models for vaccine testing?

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11/12/2021

Research Article

How plants sense mechanical stress

In all living organisms, cells must resist mechanical stress to survive; a study of Arabidopsis reveals that the candidate cell wall mechanoreceptor FERONIA and microtubules independently contribute to this mechanical feedback.

How plants sense mechanical stress

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11/12/2021

Research Article

Temporal patterning of the CNS

This study reveals a temporal transcriptional program that diversifies neuronal subtype identity throughout the nervous system, in parallel with spatial patterning mechanisms.

Temporal patterning of the CNS

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