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Volume 574 Issue 7776, 3 October 2019

Volume 574 Issue 7776, 3 October 2019

Parental guidance

The cover shows a strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio), a species found in Central America that displays a range of different skin colours. In this week’s issue, Yusan Yang and her colleagues reveal how maternal influence shapes both mating preferences and male competition among these frogs — and how this can potentially drive the formation of new species. In imprinting, offspring learn traits from their parents that later in life help to shape their behaviours. The researchers found that among the frogs, female offspring preferred to mate with male frogs that were the same colour as their mother. Similarly, males are more aggressive towards males that are the same colour as their mother. The overall result, the teams suggests, is that this is likely to reduce gene flow between frogs that bear divergent mating traits, thereby setting the stage for speciation to occur by sexual selection.

Cover image: Chris Stenger/Minden Pictures/FLPA

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  • Career News |

    Agreement between funding agencies, universities and other stakeholders builds on an earlier document to address new concerns and challenges in science.

    • Chris Woolston
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    News & Views

  • News & Views |

    It has now been found that mothers of a species of frog affect the behaviour of their offspring — influencing female mating preferences and aggression between males. Such behaviours might lead to the formation of new species.

    • Machteld Verzijden
  • News & Views |

    The phenomenon of Bose–Einstein condensation is typically limited to extremely low temperatures. The effect has now been spotted at much higher temperatures for particles called excitons in atomically thin semiconductors.

    • Andrey Chaves
    •  & David Neilson
  • News & Views |

    Operationally simple chemical reactions, termed click reactions, are widely used in many scientific fields. A streamlined synthesis of compounds called azides looks set to expand the role of click chemistry still further.

    • Joseph J. Topczewski
    •  & En-Chih Liu
  • News & Views |

    Behavioural and genetic experiments have revealed that fruit flies prefer green light over other colours in the morning and evening, and always avoid blue. These colour preferences rely on different mechanisms.

    • Charlotte Helfrich-Förster
  • Matters Arising

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  • Review Article |

    The authors review recent developments in our understanding of the antitumour effects of the innate immune system and how this system could be harnessed in the clinic.

    • Olivier Demaria
    • , Stéphanie Cornen
    • , Marc Daëron
    • , Yannis Morel
    • , Ruslan Medzhitov
    •  & Eric Vivier
  • Articles

  • Article |

    The receptor FPR1 on human immune cells interacts with Yersinia pestis, mutations in this receptor provide resistance against plague in humans and Fpr1 deficiency enhances survival in mice.

    • Patrick Osei-Owusu
    • , Thomas M. Charlton
    • , Hwan Keun Kim
    • , Dominique Missiakas
    •  & Olaf Schneewind
  • Article |

    The chimeric cytokine IC7Fc combines the beneficial effects of the cytokines IL-6 and CNTF on weight loss and metabolism in mice, with no obvious side effects in mice and non-human primates.

    • Maria Findeisen
    • , Tamara L. Allen
    • , Darren C. Henstridge
    • , Helene Kammoun
    • , Amanda E. Brandon
    • , Laurie L. Baggio
    • , Kevin I. Watt
    • , Martin Pal
    • , Lena Cron
    • , Emma Estevez
    • , Christine Yang
    • , Greg M. Kowalski
    • , Liam O’Reilly
    • , Casey Egan
    • , Emily Sun
    • , Le May Thai
    • , Guy Krippner
    • , Timothy E. Adams
    • , Robert S. Lee
    • , Joachim Grötzinger
    • , Christoph Garbers
    • , Steve Risis
    • , Michael J. Kraakman
    • , Natalie A. Mellet
    • , James Sligar
    • , Erica T. Kimber
    • , Richard L. Young
    • , Michael A. Cowley
    • , Clinton R. Bruce
    • , Peter J. Meikle
    • , Paul A. Baldock
    • , Paul Gregorevic
    • , Trevor J. Biden
    • , Gregory J. Cooney
    • , Damien J. Keating
    • , Daniel J. Drucker
    • , Stefan Rose-John
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    There are two distinct kinematic populations of globular clusters in Messier 31 (M31, the Andromeda galaxy) with rotation axes perpendicular to each other, suggesting that they arose from merger events separated by billions of years.

    • Dougal Mackey
    • , Geraint F. Lewis
    • , Brendon J. Brewer
    • , Annette M. N. Ferguson
    • , Jovan Veljanoski
    • , Avon P. Huxor
    • , Michelle L. M. Collins
    • , Patrick Côté
    • , Rodrigo A. Ibata
    • , Mike J. Irwin
    • , Nicolas Martin
    • , Alan W. McConnachie
    • , Jorge Peñarrubia
    • , Nial Tanvir
    •  & Zhen Wan
  • Letter |

    17O nuclear magnetic resonance measurements on Sr2RuO4 reveal a drop of the Knight shift in the superconducting state, contradicting previous work and imposing tight constraints on the order parameter symmetry of the system.

    • A. Pustogow
    • , Yongkang Luo
    • , A. Chronister
    • , Y.-S. Su
    • , D. A. Sokolov
    • , F. Jerzembeck
    • , A. P. Mackenzie
    • , C. W. Hicks
    • , N. Kikugawa
    • , S. Raghu
    • , E. D. Bauer
    •  & S. E. Brown
  • Letter |

    PdMo bimetallene, a highly curved and sub-nanometre-thick nanosheet of a palladium–molybdenum alloy, is an efficient and stable electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction and evolution reactions under alkaline conditions.

    • Mingchuan Luo
    • , Zhonglong Zhao
    • , Yelong Zhang
    • , Yingjun Sun
    • , Yi Xing
    • , Fan Lv
    • , Yong Yang
    • , Xu Zhang
    • , Sooyeon Hwang
    • , Yingnan Qin
    • , Jing-Yuan Ma
    • , Fei Lin
    • , Dong Su
    • , Gang Lu
    •  & Shaojun Guo
  • Letter |

    A ‘click’ reaction is developed for the simple and rapid formation of azides from primary amines, and is used to prepare a library of over 1,200 azides for subsequent use in the existing triazole annulation click reaction.

    • Genyi Meng
    • , Taijie Guo
    • , Tiancheng Ma
    • , Jiong Zhang
    • , Yucheng Shen
    • , Karl Barry Sharpless
    •  & Jiajia Dong
  • Letter |

    Estimates for when critical environmental streamflow limits will be reached—with potentially devastating economic and environmental effects—are obtained using a global model that links groundwater pumping with the groundwater flow to rivers.

    • Inge E. M. de Graaf
    • , Tom Gleeson
    • , L. P. H. (Rens) van Beek
    • , Edwin H. Sutanudjaja
    •  & Marc F. P. Bierkens
  • Letter |

    Nutrient content analyses of marine finfish and current fisheries landings show that fish have the potential to substantially contribute to global food and nutrition security by alleviating micronutrient deficiencies in regions where they are prevalent.

    • Christina C. Hicks
    • , Philippa J. Cohen
    • , Nicholas A. J. Graham
    • , Kirsty L. Nash
    • , Edward H. Allison
    • , Coralie D’Lima
    • , David J. Mills
    • , Matthew Roscher
    • , Shakuntala H. Thilsted
    • , Andrew L. Thorne-Lyman
    •  & M. Aaron MacNeil
  • Letter |

    Tadpoles of strawberry poison frogs (Oophaga pumilio) are shown to imprint on adult coloration, affecting both male aggression biases and female preferences and setting the stage for speciation by sexual selection.

    • Yusan Yang
    • , Maria R. Servedio
    •  & Corinne L. Richards-Zawacki
  • Letter |

    Palaeoproteomic analysis of dental enamel from an Early Pleistocene Stephanorhinus resolves the phylogeny of Eurasian Rhinocerotidae, by enabling the reconstruction of molecular evolution beyond the limits of ancient DNA preservation.

    • Enrico Cappellini
    • , Frido Welker
    • , Luca Pandolfi
    • , Jazmín Ramos-Madrigal
    • , Diana Samodova
    • , Patrick L. Rüther
    • , Anna K. Fotakis
    • , David Lyon
    • , J. Víctor Moreno-Mayar
    • , Maia Bukhsianidze
    • , Rosa Rakownikow Jersie-Christensen
    • , Meaghan Mackie
    • , Aurélien Ginolhac
    • , Reid Ferring
    • , Martha Tappen
    • , Eleftheria Palkopoulou
    • , Marc R. Dickinson
    • , Thomas W. Stafford Jr
    • , Yvonne L. Chan
    • , Anders Götherström
    • , Senthilvel K. S. S. Nathan
    • , Peter D. Heintzman
    • , Joshua D. Kapp
    • , Irina Kirillova
    • , Yoshan Moodley
    • , Jordi Agusti
    • , Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke
    • , Gocha Kiladze
    • , Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro
    • , Shanlin Liu
    • , Marcela Sandoval Velasco
    • , Mikkel-Holger S. Sinding
    • , Christian D. Kelstrup
    • , Morten E. Allentoft
    • , Ludovic Orlando
    • , Kirsty Penkman
    • , Beth Shapiro
    • , Lorenzo Rook
    • , Love Dalén
    • , M. Thomas P. Gilbert
    • , Jesper V. Olsen
    • , David Lordkipanidze
    •  & Eske Willerslev
  • Letter |

    Juxtaposition of region-specific gut spheroids derived from human pluripotent stem cells in the absence of extrinsic factors results in development of segregated hepato-biliary-pancreatic anlages that recapitulate early morphogenetic events.

    • Hiroyuki Koike
    • , Kentaro Iwasawa
    • , Rie Ouchi
    • , Mari Maezawa
    • , Kirsten Giesbrecht
    • , Norikazu Saiki
    • , Autumn Ferguson
    • , Masaki Kimura
    • , Wendy L. Thompson
    • , James M. Wells
    • , Aaron M. Zorn
    •  & Takanori Takebe
  • Letter |

    Delivery via caesarean section, maternal antibiotic prophylaxis and colonization by opportunistic pathogens associated with the hospital environment affect the composition of the gut microbiota of children from birth until infancy.

    • Yan Shao
    • , Samuel C. Forster
    • , Evdokia Tsaliki
    • , Kevin Vervier
    • , Angela Strang
    • , Nandi Simpson
    • , Nitin Kumar
    • , Mark D. Stares
    • , Alison Rodger
    • , Peter Brocklehurst
    • , Nigel Field
    •  & Trevor D. Lawley
  • Letter |

    An analysis of the B cell receptor repertoire in six immune-mediated diseases reveals that there are substantial differences in clonality, isotype use, class switching and use of the IGHV genes between diseases.

    • R. J. M. Bashford-Rogers
    • , L. Bergamaschi
    • , E. F. McKinney
    • , D. C. Pombal
    • , F. Mescia
    • , J. C. Lee
    • , D. C. Thomas
    • , S. M. Flint
    • , P. Kellam
    • , D. R. W. Jayne
    • , P. A. Lyons
    •  & K. G. C. Smith
  • Letter |

    Clinical benefit was observed in 34% of a cohort of 215 patients with cancer who received treatment with anticancer drugs outside of their approved label, in the Drug Rediscovery protocol trial.

    • D. L. van der Velden
    • , L. R. Hoes
    • , H. van der Wijngaart
    • , J. M. van Berge Henegouwen
    • , E. van Werkhoven
    • , P. Roepman
    • , R. L. Schilsky
    • , W. W. J. de Leng
    • , A. D. R. Huitema
    • , B. Nuijen
    • , P. M. Nederlof
    • , C. M. L. van Herpen
    • , D. J. A. de Groot
    • , L. A. Devriese
    • , A. Hoeben
    • , M. J. A. de Jonge
    • , M. Chalabi
    • , E. F. Smit
    • , A. J. de Langen
    • , N. Mehra
    • , M. Labots
    • , E. Kapiteijn
    • , S. Sleijfer
    • , E. Cuppen
    • , H. M. W. Verheul
    • , H. Gelderblom
    •  & E. E. Voest
  • Letter |

    A crystal structure of Thermoplasmatales archaeon heliorhodopsin at 2.4 Å resolution shows that it adopts a similar fold to that of type I rhodopsin—despite the low sequence identity—but there are also several marked differences that provide insights into heliorhodopsin function.

    • Wataru Shihoya
    • , Keiichi Inoue
    • , Manish Singh
    • , Masae Konno
    • , Shoko Hososhima
    • , Keitaro Yamashita
    • , Kento Ikeda
    • , Akimitsu Higuchi
    • , Tamaki Izume
    • , Sae Okazaki
    • , Masanori Hashimoto
    • , Ritsu Mizutori
    • , Sahoko Tomida
    • , Yumeka Yamauchi
    • , Rei Abe-Yoshizumi
    • , Kota Katayama
    • , Satoshi P. Tsunoda
    • , Mikihiro Shibata
    • , Yuji Furutani
    • , Alina Pushkarev
    • , Oded Béjà
    • , Takayuki Uchihashi
    • , Hideki Kandori
    •  & Osamu Nureki
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