Table of Contents: November 2012

The simulation of small-scale processes allows the analysis of ecosystem responses to environmental change. Colonies of two massive (polygons) and two branching (stars) coral species compete for space with each other and algae (macroalgae as green spots; turf algae as grid). Higher level properties, such as population dynamics and community composition, emerge from local interactions of neighboring organisms, which are additionally influenced by environmental conditions. See Kubicek et al.

Image Credit: Andreas Kubicek, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology.


The PLOS Computational Biology Software Section

Andreas Prlić, Hilmar Lapp

Ten Simple Rules to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Mark Jolly, Anthony C. Fletcher, Philip E. Bourne


Bioinformatics for the Human Microbiome Project

Dirk Gevers, Mihai Pop, Patrick D. Schloss, Curtis Huttenhower

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Temporal Expression-based Analysis of Metabolism

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Weakly Circadian Cells Improve Resynchrony

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Reconstructing Mammalian Sleep Dynamics with Data Assimilation

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Simulations of Long-Term Community Dynamics in Coral Reefs - How Perturbations Shape Trajectories

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Experimental Studies and Dynamics Modeling Analysis of the Swimming and Diving of Whirligig Beetles (Coleoptera: Gyrinidae)

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Accurate Prediction of the Dynamical Changes within the Second PDZ Domain of PTP1e

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Strategy Diversity Stabilizes Mutualism through Investment Cycles, Phase Polymorphism, and Spatial Bubbles

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This Déjà Vu Feeling—Analysis of Multidomain Protein Evolution in Eukaryotic Genomes

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Chemotactic Migration of T Cells towards Dendritic Cells Promotes the Detection of Rare Antigens

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A Bayesian Inference Framework to Reconstruct Transmission Trees Using Epidemiological and Genetic Data

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Sensorimotor Learning Biases Choice Behavior: A Learning Neural Field Model for Decision Making

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Functional Connectivity and Tuning Curves in Populations of Simultaneously Recorded Neurons

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Stochastic Modeling of Expression Kinetics Identifies Messenger Half-Lives and Reveals Sequential Waves of Co-ordinated Transcription and Decay

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Distinct Neurogenomic States in Basal Ganglia Subregions Relate Differently to Singing Behavior in Songbirds

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