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June 2016

Microbes can use self-produced molecules to coordinate their actions and perform collective tasks. We present a mathematical model to describe the mechanism driving social motility in the gram-negative bacterium M. xanthus. Our model, which was confirmed by long-term colony expansion experiments, reveals that exopolysaccharide production allows the cells to move collectively across surfaces as a coherent group. Expansion of a M. xanthus colony incubated on a nutrient agar surface for 4 days at 32°C is shown in this stereo-microscope image. Patra et al.

Image Credit: Kimberley Kissoon and Heidi B. Kaplan


Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice

Robert E. Kass, Brian S. Caffo, Marie Davidian, Xiao-Li Meng, Bin Yu, Nancy Reid

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Program Bytes: Satellite Meetings, SIGs, and AKEs at ISMB 2016

Christiana N. Fogg, Diane E. Kovats

Education Articles

Training in High-Throughput Sequencing: Common Guidelines to Enable Material Sharing, Dissemination, and Reusability

Bastian Schiffthaler, Myrto Kostadima, NGS Trainer Consortium, Nicolas Delhomme, Gabriella Rustici

Continuing Education Workshops in Bioinformatics Positively Impact Research and Careers

Michelle D. Brazas, B. F. Francis Ouellette

An Introduction to Programming for Bioscientists: A Python-Based Primer

Berk Ekmekci, Charles E. McAnany, Cameron Mura


The Context-Dependence of Mutations: A Linkage of Formalisms

Frank J. Poelwijk, Vinod Krishna, Rama Ranganathan


Revealing Atomic-Level Mechanisms of Protein Allostery with Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Samuel Hertig, Naomi R. Latorraca, Ron O. Dror

Research Articles

Inferring Strain Mixture within Clinical Plasmodium falciparum Isolates from Genomic Sequence Data

John D. O’Brien, Zamin Iqbal, Jason Wendler, Lucas Amenga-Etego

Evolutionary and Topological Properties of Genes and Community Structures in Human Gene Regulatory Networks

Anthony Szedlak, Nicholas Smith, Li Liu, Giovanni Paternostro, Carlo Piermarocchi

Colony Expansion of Socially Motile Myxococcus xanthus Cells Is Driven by Growth, Motility, and Exopolysaccharide Production

Pintu Patra, Kimberley Kissoon, Isabel Cornejo, Heidi B. Kaplan, Oleg A. Igoshin

Constrained Allocation Flux Balance Analysis

Matteo Mori, Terence Hwa, Olivier C. Martin, Andrea De Martino, Enzo Marinari

Rare Variants Association Analysis in Large-Scale Sequencing Studies at the Single Locus Level

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A Crowdsourcing Approach to Developing and Assessing Prediction Algorithms for AML Prognosis

David P. Noren, Byron L. Long, Raquel Norel, Kahn Rrhissorrakrai, Kenneth Hess, Chenyue Wendy Hu, Alex J. Bisberg, Andre Schultz, Erik Engquist, Li Liu, Xihui Lin, Gregory M. Chen, Honglei Xie, Geoffrey A. M. Hunter, Paul C. Boutros, Oleg Stepanov, DREAM 9 AML-OPC Consortium, Thea Norman, Stephen H. Friend, Gustavo Stolovitzky, Steven Kornblau, Amina A. Qutub

Quantification and Classification of E. coli Proteome Utilization and Unused Protein Costs across Environments

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Model Constrained by Visual Hierarchy Improves Prediction of Neural Responses to Natural Scenes

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Isofunctional Protein Subfamily Detection Using Data Integration and Spectral Clustering

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How to Estimate Epidemic Risk from Incomplete Contact Diaries Data?

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Prospective Coding by Spiking Neurons

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Genes as Cues of Relatedness and Social Evolution in Heterogeneous Environments

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Ensembler: Enabling High-Throughput Molecular Simulations at the Superfamily Scale

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QuIN: A Web Server for Querying and Visualizing Chromatin Interaction Networks

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Electrophysiology of Heart Failure Using a Rabbit Model: From the Failing Myocyte to Ventricular Fibrillation

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Phylogeny Reconstruction with Alignment-Free Method That Corrects for Horizontal Gene Transfer

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Using the Semantic Web for Rapid Integration of WikiPathways with Other Biological Online Data Resources

Andra Waagmeester, Martina Kutmon, Anders Riutta, Ryan Miller, Egon L. Willighagen, Chris T. Evelo, Alexander R. Pico

Novel Computational Protocols for Functionally Classifying and Characterising Serine Beta-Lactamases

David Lee, Sayoni Das, Natalie L. Dawson, Dragana Dobrijevic, John Ward, Christine Orengo

A Mathematical Model of Neonatal Rat Atrial Monolayers with Constitutively Active Acetylcholine-Mediated K+ Current

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MEGAN Community Edition - Interactive Exploration and Analysis of Large-Scale Microbiome Sequencing Data

Daniel H. Huson, Sina Beier, Isabell Flade, Anna Górska, Mohamed El-Hadidi, Suparna Mitra, Hans-Joachim Ruscheweyh, Rewati Tappu

Filopodial-Tension Model of Convergent-Extension of Tissues

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The Computational Development of Reinforcement Learning during Adolescence

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Roles for Coincidence Detection in Coding Amplitude-Modulated Sounds

Go Ashida, Jutta Kretzberg, Daniel J. Tollin

Pervasive Selection for Cooperative Cross-Feeding in Bacterial Communities

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GRAbB: Selective Assembly of Genomic Regions, a New Niche for Genomic Research

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Learning Universal Computations with Spikes

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Predicting Achievable Fundamental Frequency Ranges in Vocalization Across Species

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Integration and Fixation Preferences of Human and Mouse Endogenous Retroviruses Uncovered with Functional Data Analysis

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Mechanistic Mathematical Modeling Tests Hypotheses of the Neurovascular Coupling in fMRI

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Graded, Dynamically Routable Information Processing with Synfire-Gated Synfire Chains

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Formal Models of the Network Co-occurrence Underlying Mental Operations

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Phylogenetic Analysis Reveals That ERVs "Die Young" but HERV-H Is Unusually Conserved

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Reservoir Computing Properties of Neural Dynamics in Prefrontal Cortex

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Theory and Experimental Validation of a Spatio-temporal Model of Chemotherapy Transport to Enhance Tumor Cell Kill

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Accurate Automatic Detection of Densely Distributed Cell Nuclei in 3D Space

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Evolution-Based Functional Decomposition of Proteins

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Predicting Allosteric Effects from Orthosteric Binding in Hsp90-Ligand Interactions: Implications for Fragment-Based Drug Design

Arun Chandramohan, Srinath Krishnamurthy, Andreas Larsson, Paer Nordlund, Anna Jansson, Ganesh S. Anand

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EGFR Signal-Network Reconstruction Demonstrates Metabolic Crosstalk in EMT

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Tobias Sikosek, Heinrich Krobath, Hue Sun Chan

Validated Predictions of Metabolic Energy Consumption for Submaximal Effort Movement

George A. Tsianos, Lisa N. MacFadden

Stochastic Simulation of Biomolecular Networks in Dynamic Environments

Margaritis Voliotis, Philipp Thomas, Ramon Grima, Clive G. Bowsher