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Call for papers: “Protein Quality Control at Membranes” series

Our new thematic series is now welcoming submissions of Research articles! Visit the series’ homepage to see the current Reviews and Research, and find more information about submitting

Cancer, through the lens of evolution

From our “In the Light of Evolution" series – a review from Mel Greaves, covering what’s been learnt through considering cancer in an evolutionary context

Optimizing stomatal formation in a changing environments

Part of our “Plant Signals” series - a review from Xingyun Qi and Keiko Torii, on how environmental and hormonal signals are integrated to direct stomatal development

Mapping phosphoinositides at the shoot apical meristem

Olivier Hamant and colleagues suggest a role for phosphoinositide patterning in stem cell maintenance, shaped by mechanical stresses - included in our "Plant Signals" series

Collections’ Highlights

From our “New Tools in Neurobiology” series - K-GECO1: the first of a new class of red calcium indicator derived from bubble-tip anemone

Video Abstract: plant diversity of tropical Africa

Thomas Couvreur and colleagues explore Africa’s floristic biodiversity, and suggest priorities for future sampling

Featured Review

Will human influences on evolutionary dynamics in the wild pervade the Anthropocene?

Fanie Pelletier and David W. Coltman

Published on: 15 January 2018


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WorMachine: machine learning-based phenotypic analysis tool for worms
Adam Hakim, Yael Mor, Itai Antoine Toker, Amir Levine, Moran Neuhof, Yishai Markovitz and Oded Rechavi
Published on: 16 January 2018

Cell fixation and preservation for droplet-based single-cell transcriptomics
Jonathan Alles, Nikos Karaiskos, Samantha D. Praktiknjo, Stefanie Grosswendt, Philipp Wahle, Pierre-Louis Ruffault, Salah Ayoub, Luisa Schreyer, Anastasiya Boltengagen, Carmen Birchmeier, Robert Zinzen, Christine Kocks and Nikolaus Rajewsky
Published on: 19 May 2017

Stress-induced reproductive arrest in Drosophila occurs through ETH deficiency-mediated suppression of oogenesis and ovulation
Matthew R. Meiselman, Timothy G. Kingan and Michael E. Adams
Published on: 30 January 2018

The landscape of sex-differential transcriptome and its consequent selection in human adults
Moran Gershoni and Shmuel Pietrokovski
Published on: 7 February 2017

A phosphoinositide map at the shoot apical meristem in Arabidopsis thaliana
Thomas Stanislas, Matthieu Pierre Platre, Mengying Liu, Léa E. S. Rambaud-Lavigne, Yvon Jaillais and Olivier Hamant
Published on: 7 February 2018

The human microbiome in evolution
Emily R. Davenport, Jon G. Sanders, Se Jin Song, Katherine R. Amato, Andrew G. Clark and Rob Knight
Published on: 27 December 2017

Will human influences on evolutionary dynamics in the wild pervade the Anthropocene?​​​​​​​
Fanie Pelletier and David W. Coltman​​​​​​​
Published on: 15 January 2018

Hsp70 at the membrane: driving protein translocation​​​​​​​
Elizabeth A. Craig
Published on: 17 January 2018

Targeting protein quality control pathways in breast cancer
Sara Sannino and Jeffrey L. Brodsky
Published on: 16 November 2017

On causal roles and selected effects: our genome is mostly junk
W. Ford Doolittle and Tyler D. P. Brunet
Published on: 5 December 2017

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  2. Content type: Forum


    Authors: Wallace F Marshall, Kevin D Young, Matthew Swaffer, Elizabeth Wood, Paul Nurse, Akatsuki Kimura, Joseph Frankel, John Wallingford, Virginia Walbot, Xian Qu and Adrienne HK Roeder

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