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  1. An international collaborative effort has recently uncovered the genome of the zebra finch, a songbird model that has provided unique insights into an array of biological phenomena.

    Authors: Raphael Pinaud

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:19

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  2. Pollen tubes follow attractants secreted by the ovules. In a recent paper in BMC Plant Biology, Stewman and colleagues have quantified the parameters of this attraction and used them to calibrate a mathematical m...

    Authors: José A Feijó

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:18

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  3. Two recent studies in BMC Biology and Evolution raise important questions about a textbook case of frequency-dependent selection in scale-eating cichlid fishes. They also suggest a fascinating new line of researc...

    Authors: A Richard Palmer

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:11

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  4. A phylogeographic analysis of gene sequences important in determining body size in dogs, recently published in BMC Biology, traces the appearance of small body size to the Neolithic Middle East. This finding stre...

    Authors: Carlos A Driscoll and David W Macdonald

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:10

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  5. A recent study in BMC Evolutionary Biology has shown that genetically similar individual ring-tailed lemurs are also more similar in their scent composition, suggesting a possible mechanism of kin recognition. Th...

    Authors: Jane L Hurst and Robert J Beynon

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:13

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  6. There have been notable advances in the scientific understanding of regeneration within the past year alone, including two recently published in BMC Biology. Increasingly, progress in the regeneration field is be...

    Authors: Jessica L Whited and Clifford J Tabin

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:15

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  7. Acoel and platyhelminth worms are particularly attractive invertebrate models for stem-cell research because their bodies are continually renewed from large pools of somatic stem cells. Several recent studies,...

    Authors: Alexandra E Bely and James M Sikes

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:14

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  8. The TSC-22 domain family (TSC22DF) consists of putative transcription factors harboring a DNA-binding TSC-box and an adjacent leucine zipper at their carboxyl termini. Both short and long TSC22DF isoforms are ...

    Authors: Silvia Gluderer, Erich Brunner, Markus Germann, Virginija Jovaisaite, Changqing Li, Cyrill A Rentsch, Ernst Hafen and Hugo Stocker

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:9

    Content type: Research article

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  9. By combining Drosophila genetics and proteomics Gluderer et al. report in this issue of Journal of Biology the isolation of a novel growth-regulatory complex consisting of Bunched and Madm. Future study of this c...

    Authors: Kieran F Harvey

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:8

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  10. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a favorite model for the study of aging. A wealth of genetic and genomic studies show that metabolic regulation is a hallmark of life-span modulation. A recent study in BMC ...

    Authors: Marco Gallo and Donald L Riddle

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:7

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  11. Small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) are among the most evolutionarily ancient classes of small RNA. Two experimental screens published in BMC Genomics expand the eukaryotic snoRNA catalog, but many more snoRNAs remain...

    Authors: Paul P Gardner, Alex Bateman and Anthony M Poole

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2010 9:4

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  12. The use of cultivation-independent approaches to map microbial diversity, including recent work published in BMC Biology, has now shown that protists, like bacteria/archaea, are much more diverse than had been re...

    Authors: Scott C Dawson and Kari D Hagen

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:105

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  13. Although proteins involved in determining apical-basal cell polarity have been directly linked to tumorigenesis, their precise roles in this process remain unclear. A recent report in BMC Biology clarifies the si...

    Authors: Sandrine Etienne-Manneville

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:104

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  14. Zebrafish are a powerful system for studying the early embryonic events that form the skull and face, as a model for human craniofacial birth defects such as cleft palate. Signaling pathways that pattern the p...

    Authors: Thomas F Schilling and Pierre Le Pabic

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:101

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  15. Evolutionary changes in gene expression are a main driver of phenotypic evolution. In yeast, genes that have rapidly diverged in expression are associated with particular promoter features, including the prese...

    Authors: Itay Tirosh, Naama Barkai and Kevin J Verstrepen

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:95

    Content type: Opinion

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  16. Bioinformatics-based searches for correlations between subcellular localization and pI or charge distribution of proteins have failed to detect meaningful correlations. Recent work published in BMC Biology finds ...

    Authors: Bertrand Garcia-Moreno

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:98

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  17. In addition to progressive CD4+ T cell immune deficiency, HIV infection is characterized by generalized immune activation, thought to arise from increased microbial exposure resulting from diminishing immunity.

    Authors: Rute Marques, Adam Williams, Urszula Eksmond, Andy Wullaert, Nigel Killeen, Manolis Pasparakis, Dimitris Kioussis and George Kassiotis

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:93

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  18. The concept of checkpoint controls revolutionized our understanding of the cell cycle. Here we revisit the defining features of checkpoints and argue that failure to properly appreciate the concept is leading ...

    Authors: Alexey Khodjakov and Conly L Rieder

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:88

    Content type: Opinion

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  19. CYCLOIDEA (CYC)-like TCP genes are critical for flower developmental patterning. Exciting recent breakthroughs, including a study by Song et al. published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, demonstrate that CYC-like ge...

    Authors: Lena C Hileman and Pilar Cubas

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:90

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  20. The anaphase-promoting complex (APC) is a ubiquitin-protein ligase required for the completion of mitosis in all eukaryotes. Recent mechanistic studies reveal how this remarkable enzyme combines specificity in...

    Authors: Mary E Matyskiela, Monica C Rodrigo-Brenni and David O Morgan

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:92

    Content type: Review

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  21. As the tumor vasculature is a key element of the tumor stroma, angiogenesis is the target of many cancer therapies. Recent work published in BMC Cell Biology describes a fusion protein that combines a peptide pre...

    Authors: Elizabeth R Burton and Steven K Libutti

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:85

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  22. Transposable elements (TEs) have contributed a wide range of functional sequences to their host genomes. A recent paper in BMC Molecular Biology discusses the creation of new transcripts by transposable element i...

    Authors: Keren Vaknin, Amir Goren and Gil Ast

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:83

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  23. Both selective and random processes can affect the outcome of natural hybridization. A recent analysis in BMC Evolutionary Biology of natural hybridization between an introduced and a native salamander reveals th...

    Authors: Michael L Arnold and Noland H Martin

    Citation: Journal of Biology 2009 8:82

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