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The adaptive benefits of high-altitude traits

Physiological traits that evolved as high altitude adaptation interact in a complex manner, demonstrated by the finding that increased affinity of hemoglobin to oxygen has adaptive value only when coupled to increased oxygen capacity of the tissue.

Living in the country but dining in the city

Egyptian fruit bats foraging in cities behave in a more exploratory manner than in rural environments, as they adjust their foraging strategies to a different distribution and abundance of fruit trees.

Proteolytic formation of the head organizer in Hydra

Suat Özbek and colleagues show that the astacin family protease HAS-7 maintains a single head organizer in Hydra through Wnt proteolysis, demonstrating their role in the global patterning of the oral-aboral axis.

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Plasma membrane integrity: implications for health and disease

Dustin A. Ammendolia, William M. Bement & John H. Brumell

Published 13 April 2021


  1. Authors: Jonne Rietdijk, Marianna Tampere, Aleksandra Pettke, Polina Georgiev, Maris Lapins, Ulrika Warpman-Berglund, Ola Spjuth, Marjo-Riitta Puumalainen and Jordi Carreras-Puigvert

    Content type: Methodology article

X-ray computed tomography in life sciences
Shelley D. Rawson et al.
Published 27 February 2020

The merger that made us
Buzz Baum and David Baum
Published 24 June 2020

Protein assembly systems in natural and synthetic biology
Giulio Chiesa et al.
Published: 26 March 2020

Improving the usability and comprehensiveness of microbial databases​​​​​​​
Caitlin Loeffler et al.
Published: 07 April 2020

  1. Authors: Winfried Schlee, Nadia Mueller, Thomas Hartmann, Julian Keil, Isabel Lorenz and Nathan Weisz

    Content type: Research article

Focus: Fertility

Read the latest papers on fertility across BMC flagship journals.

Cisplatin and carboplatin result in similar gonadotoxicity in immature human testis with implications for fertility preservation in childhood cancer
Melissa D. Tharmalingam et al.

Published in BMC Medicine 04 December 2020

Large-scale discovery of male reproductive tract-specific genes through analysis of RNA-seq datasets
Matthew Robertson et al.

Published in BMC Biology 19 August 2020

DNA methylation and body mass index from birth to adolescence: meta-analyses of epigenome-wide association studies
Florianne Vehmeijer​​​​​​​ et al.

Published in Genome Medicine 25 November 2020

The Tug1 lncRNA locus is essential for male fertility
Jordan Lewandowski​​​​​​​ et al.

Published in Genome Biology 07 September 2020

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The collection is open for submissions until March 18 2022.

Nature Communitites: Behind the Paper

We are now collaborating with Nature Communities, allowing authors to share experiences designing the study and collecting data by writing their own blog-style post on the paper. 

Read the latest Behind the Paper articles here:

Tentacular team up: Deep partnerships between sea anemones and bacteria
Shana Goffredi
Published Jan 18 2021

Who's a Bonehead? Novel Insights into Evolutionary History from Reptilian Skull Roof Structure
Roy Ebel
Published Nov 30 2020

Digging into the past of olive trees
Toni Gabaldón
Published Oct 26 2020

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