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Flying foxes travel far and wide

Justin Welbergen and colleagues track Australia-wide movements of three flying-fox species, showing that these large bats are extremely mobile, travelling thousands of kilometers and leading nomadic lives.

Sensitizing tumors to therapy via the microbiome

Anne Kiltie and colleagues examine the impact of high-fibre diets on radiation in tumour xenografts, finding that diet-induced sensitivity to radiation was associated with a modified microbiome and increased B. acidifaciens abundance.

Toward efficient cell-specific delivery of proteins

Andreas Plückthun and colleagues re-engineered the pore-forming translocation unit of a bacterial protein toxin to create a stable construct capable of cell-specific delivery of high loads of proteins to the cytosol.

Large-scale discovery of male reproductive genes

Thomas Garcia, Christian Coarfa and colleagues integrated human and mouse RNA-seq datasets to identify male reproductive tract-specific genes, and functionally tested new epididymis- and testis-specific targets via mouse knockouts, demonstrating their requirement for male fertility.

Cytosolic surveillance of mitochondrial precursor proteins

Jan Riemer and colleagues describe the stabilizing property of  the oxidoreductase MIA40’s C-terminal region, as a factor controlling cytosolic surveillance of mitochondrial intermembrane space proteins’ import.

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Caitlin Loeffler et al.
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Focus: Pathogens

Read the latest papers on pathogens, disease and diagnostics across BMC flagship journals.

Evaluation of the potential incidence of COVID-19 and effectiveness of containment measures in Spain: a data-driven approach
Alberto Aleta and Yamir Moreno​​​​​​​

Published in BMC Medicine 27 May 2020

MARPLE, a point-of-care, strain-level disease diagnostics and surveillance tool for complex fungal pathogens​​​​​​​
Guru Radhakrishnan​​​​​​​ et al.

Published in BMC Biology 13 August 2019

Strains used in whole organism Plasmodium falciparum vaccine trials differ in genome structure, sequence, and immunogenic potential
Kara A. Moser​​​​​​​ et al.

Published in Genome Medicine 08 January 2020

SEPATH: benchmarking the search for pathogens in human tissue whole genome sequence data leads to template pipelines​​​​​​​
Abraham Gihawi​​​​​​​ et al.

Published in Genome Biology 22 October 2019

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