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A Bounty of Nanobodies for Cell Biology

Colin Taylor, David Prole and colleagues generated a toolkit of intrabodies fused to functional modules that allow visualization and manipulation of diverse cellular processes in live cells, including signaling dynamics, sequestration of proteins and identification of contact sites among organelles.

Tackling Waste in Publishing

We consider papers reviewed at other journals on the basis of existing referee reports, and share our reviews with other journals. Find out more about portable peer review at BMC Biology.

(Randomly) Bringing Microtubules Together

By coupling direct in vivo observation of interpolar bundle formation with modeling, Nenad Pavin, Iva Tolić and colleagues demonstrate that during the mitotic spindle assembly random rotational motion helps microtubules find each other, and that subsequent accumulation of motors drives interpolar bundle formation.

Monitoring Flux in Signalling Pathways

Christopher Brown and colleagues develop an assay that allows quantification of the signaling flux through the RAS/ERK and PI3K/AKT pathways, showing that 4EBP1 is their critical regulator and a key transducer of resistance mechanisms that affect small molecule inhibition of these pathways.

The Many Roles of MOV10

Ke Zheng and colleagues examine the role of the RNA helicase MOV10 in mammalian germ cells, demonstrating its function in shaping the spermatogonial progenitor cell transcriptome through interactions with splicing factors and regulation of miRNA biogenesis.

Inferring Metabolic Dependencies in Cancer

Tomer Shlomi and colleagues develop predictive models for cancer cell line-specific dependences on hundreds of metabolic genes, identifying associations between metabolic enzymes and molecular features such as cancer lineage, oncogenic mutations, and RNA expression of neighboring enzymes.

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Cell size sensing—a one-dimensional solution for a three-dimensional problem?

Ida Rishal and Mike Fainzilber

Published on: 29 April 2019


The golden death bacillus Chryseobacterium nematophagum is a novel matrix digesting pathogen of nematodes
Antony P. Page, Mark Roberts, Marie-Anne Félix, Derek Pickard, Andrew Page and William Weir
Published on: 28 February 2019

Inferring cancer dependencies on metabolic genes from large-scale genetic screens
Shoval Lagziel, Won Dong Lee and Tomer Shlomi
Published on: 30 APril 2019

Ontogenetic and phylogenetic simplification during white stripe evolution in clownfishes
Pauline Salis, Natacha Roux, Olivier Soulat, David Lecchini, Vincent Laudet and Bruno Frédérich
Published on: 5 September 2018

In vivo assembly and trafficking of olfactory Ionotropic Receptors
Liliane Abuin, Lucia L. Prieto-Godino, Haiyun Pan, Craig Gutierrez, Lan Huang, Rongsheng Jin and Richard Benton
Published on: 17 April 2019

Derivation of adult canine intestinal organoids for translational research in gastroenterology
Lawrance Chandra, Dana C. Borcherding, Dawn Kingsbury, Todd Atherly, Yoko M. Ambrosini, Agnes Bourgois-Mochel, Wang Yuan, Michael Kimber, Yijun Qi, Qun Wang, Michael Wannemuehler, N. Matthew Ellinwood, Elizabeth Snella, Martin Martin, Melissa Skala, David Meyerholz, Mary Estes, Martin E. Fernandez-Zapico, Albert E. Jergens, Jonathan P. Mochel and Karin Allenspach
Published on: 11 April 2019

Cell size sensing—a one-dimensional solution for a three-dimensional problem?
Ida Rishal and Mike Fainzilber
Pubished on: 29 April 2019

Open questions: CRISPR biology
Eugene V. Koonin
Published on: 24 September 2018

Open questions: How many genes do we have?
Steven L. Salzberg
Published on: 20 August 2018

Open questions: why are babies rarely born with cancer?
Michelle Monje
Published on: 1 November 2018

Horizons in the evolution of aging
Thomas Flatt and Linda Partridge
Published on: 20 August 2018

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Zika vaccines and therapeutics: landscape analysis and challenges ahead
Annelies Wilder-Smith, Kirsten Vannice, Anna Durbin, Joachim Hombach, Stephen J. Thomas, Irani Thevarjan and Cameron P. Simmons
Published in BMC Medicine on: 6 June 2018

Q&A: What are pathogens, and what have they done to and for us?
Francois Balloux and Lucy van Dorp
Published in BMC Biology on: 19 October 2017

Developing Zika vaccines: the lessons for disease X
Alan D. T. Barrett
Published in Genome Medicine on: 26 June 2018

Genomic approaches for understanding dengue: insights from the virus, vector, and host
Shuzhen Sim and Martin L. Hibberd
Published in Genome Biology on: 2 March 2016

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