How animals detect magnetic fields is a longstanding question in biology. This Unsolved Mystery article explores the mechanisms and molecules that might underlie magnetoreception, advocating an interdisciplinary approach to this fascinating scientific problem.
This Perspective article argues that universities should take action to support open scholarship that benefits society and to return to their core missions of knowledge dissemination, community engagement, and public good.
This Community Page article presents a DIY approach to building ethoscope machines able to analyse behaviour of fruit flies in a high-throughput fashion. Ethoscopes are powerful yet accessible, and can be used by scientists and enthusiasts alike.
Female Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies grow faster than males during larval development and this depends upon expression of the sex determination gene Sex-lethal in two specific subsets of neurons in the brain.
A combination of computational modeling and experiment explains how HIV's gene regulatory circuit architecture is optimized to ensure a probabilistic decision between alternate fates."
Experimental playback of manipulated calls induced vocal dialects in fruit bats, demonstrating their ability to learn vocalizations from the surrounding crowd in the cave.
The high-quality genome sequence of the sea cucumber Apostichopus japonicus provides a resource for research on echinoderm and deuterostome biology, comparative genomics and commercial breeding
A comprehensive study of the life history traits of the mosquito Anopheles stephensi and the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum under a range of temperatures reveals new insights into the transmission dynamics of this important disease.
Microdissection of the developing frog ectoderm combined with transcriptomics yields positional information and gene co-expression patterns, allowing computational retrieval of gene expression relationships relevant to development, cancer, evo-devo and stem cell biology.
Finding the best cocktail from a given set of drugs is challenging because the number of experiments needed can be prohibitive; this study presents a mathematical model that can predict the effects of drug combinations for cancer and infection when experimental data are scarce.
The Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) is a field-normalized and time-independent measure of scientific influence. This response to an accompanying Formal Comment provides further evidence of the metric's stability and utility.
The American National Institutes of Health (NIH) have introduced a new metric to evaluate the influence of scientific research articles, the Relative Citation Ratio. This Formal Comment raises several concerns about its validity.