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The origin and subsequent accumulation of spliceosomal introns are prominent events in the evolution of eukaryotic gene structure. However, the mechanisms underlying intron gain remain unclear because there are few proven cases of recently gained introns. In an...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2272
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Hydrogenases are metalloenzymes that reversibly catalyse the oxidation or production of molecular hydrogen (H2). Amongst a number of promising candidates for application in the oxidation of H2 is a soluble [Ni–Fe] uptake hydrogenase (SH) produced by Cupriavidus...

["Biotechnology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2269
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The general morphological shape of plant-resembling fish and plant parts were compared using a geometric morphometrics approach. Three plant-mimetic fish species, Lobotes surinamensis (Lobotidae), Platax orbicularis (Ephippidae) and Canthidermis maculata (Balistidae),...

["Animal Behavior","Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2268
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A major limitation with traditional phage preparations is the variability in titer, salts, and bacterial contaminants between successive propagations. Here we introduce the Phage On Tap (PoT) protocol for the quick and efficient preparation of homogenous bacteriophage...

["Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2261
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Background: Recently, emotion recognition has become a hot topic in human-computer interaction. If computers could understand human emotions, they could interact better with their users. This paper proposes a novel method to recognize human emotions (neutral, happy,...

["Kinesiology","Psychiatry and Psychology","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2258
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Background: Diverse flower communities are more stable in floral resource production along the flowering season, but the question about how the diversity and stability of resources affect pollinator reproduction remains open. High plant diversity could favor short...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2250
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The evolution of the modern human (Homo sapiens) cranium is characterized by a reduction in the size of the feeding system, including reductions in the size of the facial skeleton, postcanine teeth, and the muscles involved in biting and chewing. The conventional...

["Anthropology","Computational Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Anatomy and Physiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2242
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Background: Although atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions...

["Bioengineering","Computational Biology","Anatomy and Physiology","Cardiology","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2240
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The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the feasibility of Flash Visual Evoked Potentials (FVEPs) testing in birds of prey in a clinical setting and to describe the protocol and the baseline data for normal vision in this species. FVEP recordings were...

["Animal Behavior","Neuroscience","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2217
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Caribbean ciliate infection (CCI) and white band disease (WBD) are diseases that affect a multitude of coral hosts and are associated with rapid rates of tissue losses, thus contributing to declining coral cover in Caribbean reefs. In this study we compared tissue...

["Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2196
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While traditional methods for calling variants across whole genome sequence data rely on alignment to an appropriate reference sequence, alternative techniques are needed when a suitable reference does not exist. We present a novel alignment and assembly free variant...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj-cs.71
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Objective. Probiotics have been reported to support healthy digestive and immune function, aid in protein absorption, and decrease inflammation. Further, a trend to increase vertical jump power has been observed following co-administration of protein and probiotics...

["Clinical Trials","Evidence Based Medicine","Nutrition"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2276
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Background. Open access (OA) publishing via article processing charges (APCs) is growing as an alternative to subscription publishing. The Pay It Forward (PIF) Project is exploring the feasibility of transitioning from paying subscriptions to funding APCs for faculty...

["Science and Medical Education","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2264
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Background. Generally, males display greater strength and muscle capacity than females while performing a task. Muscle biopsy is regarded as the reference method of evaluating muscle functions; however, it is invasive and has sampling errors, and is not practical...

["Neurology","Radiology and Medical Imaging","Metabolic Sciences"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2259
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Background: In this work, we aimed to gain insights into the contribution of soil bacteria to carbon sequestration in Mediterranean habitats. In particular, we aimed to use bacterial laccase-encoding genes as molecular markers for soil organic C cycling. Using...

["Agricultural Science","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2257

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