Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

The advent of next-generation sequencing tools has made it possible to conduct fine-scale surveys of population differentiation and genome-wide scans for signatures of selection in non-model organisms. Such surveys are of particular importance in sharply declining...

["Conservation Biology","Genomics","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4077

Transcriptome resources for social insects have the potential to provide new insight into polyphenism, i.e., how divergent phenotypes arise from the same genome. Here we present a transcriptome based on paired-end RNA sequencing data for the ant Formica exsecta...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3998
27 downloads
206 views

Modern genome sequencing strategies are highly sensitive to contamination making the detection of foreign DNA sequences an important part of analysis pipelines. Here we use Taxoblast, a simple pipeline with a graphical user interface, for the post-assembly detection...

["Bioinformatics","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4073
17 downloads
154 views

Background Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common and lethal cancer of the adult kidney. However, its pathogenesis has not been fully understood till now, which hinders the therapeutic development of ccRCC. NADH dehydrogenase (ubiquinone) 1...

["Genomics","Molecular Biology","Oncology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4065
16 downloads
124 views

Background Oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) is the most common subtype of oral cancer. A predictive gene signature is necessary for prognosis of OTSCC. Methods Five microarray data sets of OTSCC from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) and one data set...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Genetics","Genomics","Oncology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4062
35 downloads
308 views

Stony corals (Scleractinia) are marine invertebrates that form the foundation and framework upon which tropical reefs are built. The coral animal associates with a diverse microbiome comprised of dinoflagellate algae and other protists, bacteria, archaea, fungi...

["Genomics","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4054
47 downloads
594 views

The koala has evolved to become a specialist Eucalyptus herbivore since diverging from its closest relative, the wombat, a generalist herbivore. This niche adaptation involves, in part, changes in the gut microbiota. The goal of this study was to compare koala...

["Genomics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4075
43 downloads
288 views

In industry, the yeast Rhodotorula mucilaginosa is commonly used for the production of carotenoids. The production of carotenoids is important because they are used as natural colorants in food and some carotenoids are precursors of retinol (vitamin A). However,...

["Biotechnology","Genomics","Microbiology","Mycology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4030
49 downloads
404 views

The development and application of metagenomic approaches have provided an opportunity to study and define horizontal gene transfer (HGT) on the level of microbial communities. However, no current metagenomic data simulation tools offers the option to introduce...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4015
47 downloads
254 views

Solanum lycopersicum, belonging to Solanaceae, is one of the commonly used model plants. The GRAS genes are transcriptional regulators, which play a significant role in plant growth and development, and the functions of several GRAS genes have been recognized,...

["Agricultural Science","Biophysics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3955
52 downloads
251 views

The herbal medicinal genus Aconitum L., belonging to the Ranunculaceae family, represents the earliest diverging lineage within the eudicots. It currently comprises of two subgenera, A. subgenus Lycoctonum and A. subg. Aconitum. The complete chloroplast (cp) genome...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4018
39 downloads
362 views

Although in recent years the study of gene expression variation in the absence of genetic or environmental cues or gene expression heterogeneity has intensified considerably, many basic and applied biological fields still remain unaware of how useful the study...

["Developmental Biology","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4004
55 downloads
609 views

Background Currently, there is limited knowledge about the genetics underlying pigmentary traits in East Asian populations. Here, we report the results of the first genome-wide association study of pigmentary traits (skin and iris color) in individuals of East...

["Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3951
65 downloads
225 views

Vallisneria spinulosa is a freshwater aquatic plant of ecological and economic importance. However, there is limited cytogenetic and genomics information on Vallisneria. In this study, we measured the nuclear DNA content of Vallisneria spinulosa by flow cytometry,...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Genomics","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3982
54 downloads
287 views

Plant type III polyketide synthase (PKS) can catalyse the formation of a series of secondary metabolites with different structures and different biological functions; the enzyme plays an important role in plant growth, development and resistance to stress. At present,...

["Agricultural Science","Bioinformatics","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3974

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