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Volume 562 Issue 7727, 18 October 2018

Volume 562 Issue 7727, 18 October 2018

Volume 562 Issue 7727

Mind reading

The unique ability of cuttlefish, squid and octopuses to hide by imitating the colours and texture of their environment has fascinated natural scientists since the time of Aristotle. Uniquely among all animals, these molluscs control their appearance by the direct action of neurons onto large numbers of expandable pixels called chromatophores located in their skin. In this week’s issue, Gilles Laurent and his colleagues used this neuron–chromatophore correspondence to peer into the brain of cuttlefish, inferring the putative structure of control networks through analysing the dynamics of tens of thousands of chromatophores during naturalistic behaviour over timescales ranging from hundredths of seconds to weeks.

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    The bacterial-defence system CRISPR–Cas can store DNA snippets that correspond to encountered viral RNA sequences. One such system has now been harnessed to record gene expression over time in bacteria.

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    Pigmented cells in the skin of cuttlefish can contract or relax to produce different skin-colour patterns. Tracking the dynamics of these cells reveals how this display system develops, and how it is controlled.

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    An exotic ultracold gas known as a Bose–Einstein condensate has been produced and studied in space. Such gases could be used to build quantum sensors that probe the properties of the Universe with extreme precision.

    • Liang Liu
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    Asgard archaea are the closest known relatives of nucleus-bearing organisms called eukaryotes. A study indicates that these archaea have a dynamic network of actin protein — a trait thought of as eukaryote-specific.

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    • , Juan H. Bolivar
    • , Mario Hensen
    • , Jolyon K. Claridge
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    An experimental measurement of the electric dipole moment of the electron with sensitivity an order of magnitude better than previous studies increases the accessible mass range of fundamental particles by a factor of three.

    • V. Andreev
    • , D. G. Ang
    • , D. DeMille
    • , J. M. Doyle
    • , G. Gabrielse
    • , J. Haefner
    • , N. R. Hutzler
    • , Z. Lasner
    • , C. Meisenhelder
    • , B. R. O’Leary
    • , C. D. Panda
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    • , E. P. West
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    Tracking analyses of tens of thousands of individual chromatophores in freely behaving cephalopods enable studies of behaviour and development at cellular resolution.

    • Sam Reiter
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    • , Theodosia Woo
    • , Marcel A. Lauterbach
    • , Jessica S. Eberle
    • , Leyla Anne Akay
    • , Amber Longo
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    • , Friedrich Kretschmer
    • , Julian D. Langer
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    A ‘mouse atlas’, comprising single-cell transcriptomic data from more than 100,000 cells from 20 organs and tissues, has been created as a resource for cell biology.

    • Nicholas Schaum
    • , Jim Karkanias
    • , Norma F. Neff
    • , Andrew P. May
    • , Stephen R. Quake
    • , Tony Wyss-Coray
    • , Spyros Darmanis
    • , Joshua Batson
    • , Olga Botvinnik
    • , Michelle B. Chen
    • , Steven Chen
    • , Foad Green
    • , Robert C. Jones
    • , Ashley Maynard
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    • , Geoffrey M. Stanley
    • , James T. Webber
    • , Fabio Zanini
    • , Ankit S. Baghel
    • , Isaac Bakerman
    • , Ishita Bansal
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    • , Douglas Brownfield
    • , Corey Cain
    • , Michelle B. Chen
    • , Steven Chen
    • , Min Cho
    • , Giana Cirolia
    • , Stephanie D. Conley
    • , Spyros Darmanis
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    • , Matt Fish
    • , Qiang Gan
    • , Benson M. George
    • , Astrid Gillich
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    • , Geraldine Genetiano
    • , Xueying Gu
    • , Gunsagar S. Gulati
    • , Yan Hang
    • , Shayan Hosseinzadeh
    • , Albin Huang
    • , Tal Iram
    • , Taichi Isobe
    • , Feather Ives
    • , Robert C. Jones
    • , Kevin S. Kao
    • , Guruswamy Karnam
    • , Aaron M. Kershner
    • , Bernhard M. Kiss
    • , William Kong
    • , Maya E. Kumar
    • , Jonathan Y. Lam
    • , Davis P. Lee
    • , Song E. Lee
    • , Guang Li
    • , Qingyun Li
    • , Ling Liu
    • , Annie Lo
    • , Wan-Jin Lu
    • , Anoop Manjunath
    • , Andrew P. May
    • , Kaia L. May
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    • , Ashley Maynard
    • , Marina McKay
    • , Ross J. Metzger
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    • , Dullei Min
    • , Ahmad N. Nabhan
    • , Norma F. Neff
    • , Katharine M. Ng
    • , Joseph Noh
    • , Rasika Patkar
    • , Weng Chuan Peng
    • , Lolita Penland
    • , Robert Puccinelli
    • , Eric J. Rulifson
    • , Nicholas Schaum
    • , Shaheen S. Sikandar
    • , Rahul Sinha
    • , Rene V. Sit
    • , Krzysztof Szade
    • , Weilun Tan
    • , Cristina Tato
    • , Krissie Tellez
    • , Kyle J. Travaglini
    • , Carolina Tropini
    • , Lucas Waldburger
    • , Linda J. van Weele
    • , Michael N. Wosczyna
    • , Jinyi Xiang
    • , Soso Xue
    • , Justin Youngyunpipatkul
    • , Fabio Zanini
    • , Macy E. Zardeneta
    • , Fan Zhang
    • , Lu Zhou
    • , Ishita Bansal
    • , Steven Chen
    • , Min Cho
    • , Giana Cirolia
    • , Spyros Darmanis
    • , Aaron Demers
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    • , Foad Green
    • , Shayan Hosseinzadeh
    • , Feather Ives
    • , Annie Lo
    • , Andrew P. May
    • , Ashley Maynard
    • , Marina McKay
    • , Norma F. Neff
    • , Lolita Penland
    • , Rene V. Sit
    • , Weilun Tan
    • , Lucas Waldburger
    • , Justin Youngyunpipatkul
    • , Joshua Batson
    • , Olga Botvinnik
    • , Paola Castro
    • , Derek Croote
    • , Spyros Darmanis
    • , Joseph L. DeRisi
    • , Jim Karkanias
    • , Angela Oliveira Pisco
    • , Geoffrey M. Stanley
    • , James T. Webber
    • , Fabio Zanini
    • , Ankit S. Baghel
    • , Isaac Bakerman
    • , Joshua Batson
    • , Biter Bilen
    • , Olga Botvinnik
    • , Douglas Brownfield
    • , Michelle B. Chen
    • , Spyros Darmanis
    • , Kubilay Demir
    • , Antoine de Morree
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    • , F. Hernán Espinoza
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    • , Qiang Gan
    • , Benson M. George
    • , Astrid Gillich
    • , Xueying Gu
    • , Gunsagar S. Gulati
    • , Yan Hang
    • , Albin Huang
    • , Tal Iram
    • , Taichi Isobe
    • , Guruswamy Karnam
    • , Aaron M. Kershner
    • , Bernhard M. Kiss
    • , William Kong
    • , Christin S. Kuo
    • , Jonathan Y. Lam
    • , Benoit Lehallier
    • , Guang Li
    • , Qingyun Li
    • , Ling Liu
    • , Wan-Jin Lu
    • , Dullei Min
    • , Ahmad N. Nabhan
    • , Katharine M. Ng
    • , Patricia K. Nguyen
    • , Rasika Patkar
    • , Weng Chuan Peng
    • , Lolita Penland
    • , Eric J. Rulifson
    • , Nicholas Schaum
    • , Shaheen S. Sikandar
    • , Rahul Sinha
    • , Krzysztof Szade
    • , Serena Y. Tan
    • , Krissie Tellez
    • , Kyle J. Travaglini
    • , Carolina Tropini
    • , Linda J. van Weele
    • , Bruce M. Wang
    • , Michael N. Wosczyna
    • , Jinyi Xiang
    • , Hanadie Yousef
    • , Lu Zhou
    • , Joshua Batson
    • , Olga Botvinnik
    • , Steven Chen
    • , Spyros Darmanis
    • , Foad Green
    • , Andrew P. May
    • , Ashley Maynard
    • , Angela Oliveira Pisco
    • , Stephen R. Quake
    • , Nicholas Schaum
    • , Geoffrey M. Stanley
    • , James T. Webber
    • , Tony Wyss-Coray
    • , Fabio Zanini
    • , Philip A. Beachy
    • , Charles K. F. Chan
    • , Antoine de Morree
    • , Benson M. George
    • , Gunsagar S. Gulati
    • , Yan Hang
    • , Kerwyn Casey Huang
    • , Tal Iram
    • , Taichi Isobe
    • , Aaron M. Kershner
    • , Bernhard M. Kiss
    • , William Kong
    • , Guang Li
    • , Qingyun Li
    • , Ling Liu
    • , Wan-Jin Lu
    • , Ahmad N. Nabhan
    • , Katharine M. Ng
    • , Patricia K. Nguyen
    • , Weng Chuan Peng
    • , Eric J. Rulifson
    • , Nicholas Schaum
    • , Shaheen S. Sikandar
    • , Rahul Sinha
    • , Krzysztof Szade
    • , Kyle J. Travaglini
    • , Carolina Tropini
    • , Bruce M. Wang
    • , Kenneth Weinberg
    • , Michael N. Wosczyna
    • , Sean M. Wu
    • , Hanadie Yousef
    • , Ben A. Barres
    • , Philip A. Beachy
    • , Charles K. F. Chan
    • , Michael F. Clarke
    • , Spyros Darmanis
    • , Kerwyn Casey Huang
    • , Jim Karkanias
    • , Seung K. Kim
    • , Mark A. Krasnow
    • , Maya E. Kumar
    • , Christin S. Kuo
    • , Andrew P. May
    • , Ross J. Metzger
    • , Norma F. Neff
    • , Roel Nusse
    • , Patricia K. Nguyen
    • , Thomas A. Rando
    • , Justin Sonnenburg
    • , Bruce M. Wang
    • , Kenneth Weinberg
    • , Irving L. Weissman
    • , Sean M. Wu
    • , Stephen R. Quake
    •  & Tony Wyss-Coray
  • Article |

    A large-scale genomics study shows that the cell of origin and founding mutations determine disease subtype and lead to the expression of multiple haematopoietic lineage-defining antigens in mixed phenotype acute leukaemia.

    • Thomas B. Alexander
    • , Zhaohui Gu
    • , Ilaria Iacobucci
    • , Kirsten Dickerson
    • , John K. Choi
    • , Beisi Xu
    • , Debbie Payne-Turner
    • , Hiroki Yoshihara
    • , Mignon L. Loh
    • , John Horan
    • , Barbara Buldini
    • , Giuseppe Basso
    • , Sarah Elitzur
    • , Valerie de Haas
    • , C. Michel Zwaan
    • , Allen Yeoh
    • , Dirk Reinhardt
    • , Daisuke Tomizawa
    • , Nobutaka Kiyokawa
    • , Tim Lammens
    • , Barbara De Moerloose
    • , Daniel Catchpoole
    • , Hiroki Hori
    • , Anthony Moorman
    • , Andrew S. Moore
    • , Ondrej Hrusak
    • , Soheil Meshinchi
    • , Etan Orgel
    • , Meenakshi Devidas
    • , Michael Borowitz
    • , Brent Wood
    • , Nyla A. Heerema
    • , Andrew Carrol
    • , Yung-Li Yang
    • , Malcolm A. Smith
    • , Tanja M. Davidsen
    • , Leandro C. Hermida
    • , Patee Gesuwan
    • , Marco A. Marra
    • , Yussanne Ma
    • , Andrew J. Mungall
    • , Richard A. Moore
    • , Steven J. M. Jones
    • , Marcus Valentine
    • , Laura J. Janke
    • , Jeffrey E. Rubnitz
    • , Ching-Hon Pui
    • , Liang Ding
    • , Yu Liu
    • , Jinghui Zhang
    • , Kim E. Nichols
    • , James R. Downing
    • , Xueyuan Cao
    • , Lei Shi
    • , Stanley Pounds
    • , Scott Newman
    • , Deqing Pei
    • , Jaime M. Guidry Auvil
    • , Daniela S. Gerhard
    • , Stephen P. Hunger
    • , Hiroto Inaba
    •  & Charles G. Mullighan
  • Article |

    An RNA-adapting CRISPR–Cas system is coupled with amplification and sequencing steps to record, retrieve and analyse changes in the transcriptome of a bacterial cell over time.

    • Florian Schmidt
    • , Mariia Y. Cherepkova
    •  & Randall J. Platt
  • Letters

  • Letter |

    A large-scale survey of fast radio bursts—short pulses of radio waves that seem to come from cosmological distances—finds 20 such events, including both the nearest and the most energetic bursts observed so far.

    • R. M. Shannon
    • , J.-P. Macquart
    • , K. W. Bannister
    • , R. D. Ekers
    • , C. W. James
    • , S. Osłowski
    • , H. Qiu
    • , M. Sammons
    • , A. W. Hotan
    • , M. A. Voronkov
    • , R. J. Beresford
    • , M. Brothers
    • , A. J. Brown
    • , J. D. Bunton
    • , A. P. Chippendale
    • , C. Haskins
    • , M. Leach
    • , M. Marquarding
    • , D. McConnell
    • , M. A. Pilawa
    • , E. M. Sadler
    • , E. R. Troup
    • , J. Tuthill
    • , M. T. Whiting
    • , J. R. Allison
    • , C. S. Anderson
    • , M. E. Bell
    • , J. D. Collier
    • , G. Gürkan
    • , G. Heald
    •  & C. J. Riseley
  • Letter |

    A Bose–Einstein condensate is created in space that has sufficient stability to enable its characteristic dynamics to be studied.

    • Dennis Becker
    • , Maike D. Lachmann
    • , Stephan T. Seidel
    • , Holger Ahlers
    • , Aline N. Dinkelaker
    • , Jens Grosse
    • , Ortwin Hellmig
    • , Hauke Müntinga
    • , Vladimir Schkolnik
    • , Thijs Wendrich
    • , André Wenzlawski
    • , Benjamin Weps
    • , Robin Corgier
    • , Tobias Franz
    • , Naceur Gaaloul
    • , Waldemar Herr
    • , Daniel Lüdtke
    • , Manuel Popp
    • , Sirine Amri
    • , Hannes Duncker
    • , Maik Erbe
    • , Anja Kohfeldt
    • , André Kubelka-Lange
    • , Claus Braxmaier
    • , Eric Charron
    • , Wolfgang Ertmer
    • , Markus Krutzik
    • , Claus Lämmerzahl
    • , Achim Peters
    • , Wolfgang P. Schleich
    • , Klaus Sengstock
    • , Reinhold Walser
    • , Andreas Wicht
    • , Patrick Windpassinger
    •  & Ernst M. Rasel
  • Letter |

    Time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy reveals how Dirac fermions in the band structure of the topological surface state of Bi2Te3 are accelerated by the carrier wave of a terahertz-frequency light pulse.

    • J. Reimann
    • , S. Schlauderer
    • , C. P. Schmid
    • , F. Langer
    • , S. Baierl
    • , K. A. Kokh
    • , O. E. Tereshchenko
    • , A. Kimura
    • , C. Lange
    • , J. Güdde
    • , U. Höfer
    •  & R. Huber
  • Letter |

    Integrating an optical Kerr frequency comb source with an electronically excited laser pump produces a battery-powered comb generator that does not require external lasers, moveable optics or laboratory set-ups.

    • Brian Stern
    • , Xingchen Ji
    • , Yoshitomo Okawachi
    • , Alexander L. Gaeta
    •  & Michal Lipson
  • Letter |

    A robust ceramic/refractory metal (ZrC/W)-based composite for use in heat exchangers in concentrated solar power plants above 1,023 kelvin is described, having attractive high-temperature thermal, mechanical and chemical properties combined with cost-effective processing.

    • M. Caccia
    • , M. Tabandeh-Khorshid
    • , G. Itskos
    • , A. R. Strayer
    • , A. S. Caldwell
    • , S. Pidaparti
    • , S. Singnisai
    • , A. D. Rohskopf
    • , A. M. Schroeder
    • , D. Jarrahbashi
    • , T. Kang
    • , S. Sahoo
    • , N. R. Kadasala
    • , A. Marquez-Rossy
    • , M. H. Anderson
    • , E. Lara-Curzio
    • , D. Ranjan
    • , A. Henry
    •  & K. H. Sandhage
  • Letter |

    A downward expansion of oxygen depletion in the eastern Pacific Ocean during the last ice age suggests an increase in the respired carbon reservoir, contributing to the lower levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide during this period.

    • Babette A. A. Hoogakker
    • , Zunli Lu
    • , Natalie Umling
    • , Luke Jones
    • , Xiaoli Zhou
    • , Rosalind E. M. Rickaby
    • , Robert Thunell
    • , Olivier Cartapanis
    •  & Eric Galbraith
  • Letter |

    The flight of dandelion seeds is enabled by an extraordinary vortex ring, which was revealed by the visualization of the flow around the seed.

    • Cathal Cummins
    • , Madeleine Seale
    • , Alice Macente
    • , Daniele Certini
    • , Enrico Mastropaolo
    • , Ignazio Maria Viola
    •  & Naomi Nakayama
  • Letter |

    A population of cervical interneurons is identified that can regulate diaphragm function by modulating phrenic motor neurons; targeting this small population of neurons may be a functional strategy to restore breathing after traumatic spinal cord injury.

    • Kajana Satkunendrarajah
    • , Spyridon K. Karadimas
    • , Alex M. Laliberte
    • , Gaspard Montandon
    •  & Michael G. Fehlings
  • Letter |

    In human and mouse models of ovarian cancer, endoplasmic reticulum stress and the activation of the IRE1α–XBP1 pathway decreases the metabolic fitness of T cells and limits their anti-tumour functions.

    • Minkyung Song
    • , Tito A. Sandoval
    • , Chang-Suk Chae
    • , Sahil Chopra
    • , Chen Tan
    • , Melanie R. Rutkowski
    • , Mahesh Raundhal
    • , Ricardo A. Chaurio
    • , Kyle K. Payne
    • , Csaba Konrad
    • , Sarah E. Bettigole
    • , Hee Rae Shin
    • , Michael J. P. Crowley
    • , Juan P. Cerliani
    • , Andrew V. Kossenkov
    • , Ievgen Motorykin
    • , Sheng Zhang
    • , Giovanni Manfredi
    • , Dmitriy Zamarin
    • , Kevin Holcomb
    • , Paulo C. Rodriguez
    • , Gabriel A. Rabinovich
    • , Jose R. Conejo-Garcia
    • , Laurie H. Glimcher
    •  & Juan R. Cubillos-Ruiz
  • Letter |

    When basal cell carcinoma is treated with a Smoothened inhibitor, a subset of cancer cells evades treatment by switching identity, allowing residual tumours to regrow when treatment is discontinued.

    • Brian Biehs
    • , Gerrit J. P. Dijkgraaf
    • , Robert Piskol
    • , Bruno Alicke
    • , Soufiane Boumahdi
    • , Franklin Peale
    • , Stephen E. Gould
    •  & Frederic J. de Sauvage
  • Letter |

    Treatment of basal cell carcinoma with Smoothened inhibitors leaves a small population of quiescent cells that can drive relapse but can be eliminated by additional treatment with a Wnt signalling inhibitor.

    • Adriana Sánchez-Danés
    • , Jean-Christophe Larsimont
    • , Mélanie Liagre
    • , Eva Muñoz-Couselo
    • , Gaëlle Lapouge
    • , Audrey Brisebarre
    • , Christine Dubois
    • , Mariano Suppa
    • , Vijayakumar Sukumaran
    • , Véronique del Marmol
    • , Josep Tabernero
    •  & Cédric Blanpain
  • Letter |

    The structure of a pilus assembly intermediate reveals the timing of subunit polymerization and how chaperone–subunit complexes are transferred from N-terminal to C-terminal domains of the usher in the formation of bacterial pili.

    • Minge Du
    • , Zuanning Yuan
    • , Hongjun Yu
    • , Nadine Henderson
    • , Samema Sarowar
    • , Gongpu Zhao
    • , Glenn T. Werneburg
    • , David G. Thanassi
    •  & Huilin Li

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