Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Reef building corals precipitate calcium carbonate as an exo-skeleton and provide substratum for prosperous marine life. Biomineralization of the coral’s skeleton is a developmental process that occurs concurrently with other proliferation processes that control...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Genetics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3590
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The skyline plot is a graphical representation of historical effective population sizes as a function of time. Past population sizes for these plots are estimated from genetic data, without a priori assumptions on the mathematical function defining the shape of...

["Computational Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3530
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Wildlife conservation and management approaches typically focus on demographic measurements to assess population viability over both short and long periods. However, genetic diversity is an important predictor of long term population vitality. We investigated the...

["Conservation Biology","Genetics","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3584
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Background The ferric uptake regulator (Fur) is a transcription factor and the main regulator of iron acquisition in prokaryotes. When bound to ferric iron, Fur recognizes its DNA binding site and generally executes its function by repressing transcription of its...

["Bioinformatics","Genetics","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3461
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Background The association of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) with the KCNJ11, CDKAL1, SLC30A8, CDKN2B, and FTO genes in the Russian population has not been well studied. In this study, we analysed the population frequencies of polymorphic markers of these genes....

["Genetics","Diabetes and Endocrinology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3414
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Background Admixture can facilitate adaptation. For example, black wolves have obtained the variant causing black coat color through past hybridization with domestic dogs and have higher fitness than gray colored wolves. Another recent example of the transfer of...

["Biosphere Interactions","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3522
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Amphibian populations have been declining globally over the past decades. The intensification of agriculture, habitat loss, fragmentation of populations and toxic substances in the environment are considered as driving factors for this decline. Today, about 50%...

["Agricultural Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3520
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Mammalian tears are produced by lacrimal glands to protect eyes and may function in chemical communication and immunity. Recent studies on the house mouse chemical signalling revealed that major urinary proteins (MUPs) are not individually unique in Mus musculus...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3541
59 downloads
315 views

Background Body Mass Index (BMI) is widely regarded as an important clinical trait for obesity and other diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and osteoarthritis. Methods This study uses 6,011 samples of genotype data from ethnic Korean subjects....

["Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3510
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Background Picea chihuahuana, which is endemic to Mexico, is currently listed as “Endangered” on the Red List. Chihuahua spruce is only found in the Sierra Madre Occidental (SMO), Mexico. About 42,600 individuals are distributed in forty populations. These populations...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3452
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Gastric cancer is an aggressive cancer that is often diagnosed late. Early detection and treatment require a better understanding of the molecular pathology of the disease. The present study combined data on gene expression and regulatory levels (microRNA, methylation,...

["Bioinformatics","Genetics","Genomics","Gastroenterology and Hepatology","Oncology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3385
96 downloads
306 views

Gerbera hybrida is a cut-flower crop of global importance, and an understanding of the mechanisms underlying petal development is vital for the continued commercial development of this plant species. Brassinosteroids (BRs), a class of phytohormones, are known to...

["Bioinformatics","Developmental Biology","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3382
77 downloads
269 views

Although C-type cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS-C) is one of the most attractive tools for maize hybrid seed production, the detailed regulation network of the male sterility remains unclear. In order to identify the CMS-C sterility associated genes and/or pathways,...

["Agricultural Science","Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3408
102 downloads
549 views

Recent rapid advances in high-throughput, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have promoted mitochondrial genome studies in the fields of human evolution, medical genetics, and forensic casework. However, scientists unfamiliar with computer programming...

["Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3406
76 downloads
438 views

Schistosomiasis remains a major parasitic disease, endemic in large parts of South America. Five neotropical species of Biomphalaria have been found to act as intermediate hosts of Schistosoma mansoni in natural populations, while others have been shown to be susceptible...

["Ecology","Genetics","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3401

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