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A Weatherman for the Environment

To understand how environmental changes affect our ecosystems, we need to develop accurate prediction systems through long-term monitoring and research, argues David Lindenmayer in his Comment

Celebrating Earth Day at BMC Biology

Our special collection “Environment and Sustainability” brings together Research articles, Commentaries, Reviews, and Q&As addressing questions in ecology, sustainability and the environmental challenges of the Anthropocene

Making the Periphery See the Light

Kristin Tessmar-Raible  and colleagues show that in a marine worm, peripherally expressed photoreceptor Go-opsin allows detection of light, underpinning the defensive “shadow reflex” withdrawal behavior

The Evolutionary History of Tunicates

Frédéric Delsuc and colleagues delineate the evolutionary relationship among tunicates via a transcriptomic approach, building a phylogenomic dataset which includes all major tunicate groups

Madagascar Ground Gecko Genome Maps “Elusive” Genes

The whole genome sequences of the Madagascar ground gecko described by Shigehiro Kuraku and colleagues provides insights into the fate of genes retained by reptiles but absent from mammalian and avian genomes

Regulatory networks of plant environmental responses

In their Q&A, Ying Sun and José R. Dinneny discuss the transcriptional responses and their regulatory mechanisms which allow plants to adapt to environmental stresses

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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Formation of chimeric genes with essential functions at the origin of eukaryotes
Raphaël Méheust, Debashish Bhattacharya, Jananan S. Pathmanathan, James O. McInerney, Philippe Lopez and Eric Bapteste
Published on: 13 March 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

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

The integrated stress response regulates BMP signalling through effects on translation​​​​​​​
Elke Malzer, Caia S. Dominicus, Joseph E. Chambers, Jennifer A. Dickens, Souradip Mookerjee and Stefan J. Marciniak
Published on: 3 April 2018

Downregulation of the NLRP3 inflammasome by adiponectin rescues Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Raphaël Boursereau, Michel Abou-Samra, Sophie Lecompte, Laurence Noel and Sonia M. Brichard
Published on: 20 March 2018

Structural insights into the inactivation of CRISPR-Cas systems by diverse anti-CRISPR proteins
Yuwei Zhu, Fan Zhang and Zhiwei Huang
Published on: 19 March 2018

Nothing in cancer makes sense except…
Mel Greaves
Published on: 21 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

Tissue macrophages: heterogeneity and functions
Siamon Gordon and Annette Plüddemann
Published on: 29 June 2017

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

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