Peer-reviewed Articles

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An adult Buteo was found dead as a road-kill south of Sacramento, California, and was thought to represent the first state record of the eastern Red-shouldered Hawk (B. lineatus lineatus;). It is now a specimen in the Museum of Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (WFB...

["Molecular Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2850
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Fish color patterns are among the most diverse phenotypic traits found in the animal kingdom. Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control in chromatophore distribution and pigmentation underlying this diversity is a major goal in developmental...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2843
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Background The mechanisms by which DNA sequences are expressed is the central preoccupation of molecular genetics. Recently, ourselves and others reported that in the diplomonad protist Giardia lamblia, the coding regions of several mRNAs are produced by ligation...

["Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2861
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The adaptative bleaching hypothesis (ABH) states that, depending on the symbiotic flexibility of coral hosts (i.e., the ability of corals to “switch” or “shuffle” their algal symbionts), coral bleaching can lead to a change in the composition of their associated...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2856
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Background The oriental melon (Cucumis melo L. var. makuwa) is one of the most important cultivated cucurbits grown widely in Korea, Japan, and northern China. It is cultivated because its fruit has a sweet aromatic flavor and is rich in soluble sugars, organic...

["Agricultural Science","Bioinformatics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2834
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We examined RNA-Seq data on 211 biological samples from 24 different Arabidopsis experiments carried out by different labs. We grouped the samples according to tissue types, and in each of the groups, we identified genes that are stably expressed across biological...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2791
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Recent improvements in next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies can facilitate the obtainment of mitochondrial genomes. However, it is not clear whether NGS could be effectively used to reconstruct the mitogenome with high gene rearrangement. These high rearrangements...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2786
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RNA interference (RNAi), a gene-silencing mechanism that involves providing double-stranded RNA molecules that match a specific target gene sequence, is now widely used in functional genetic studies. The potential application of RNAi-mediated control of agricultural...

["Agricultural Science","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2673
64 downloads
189 views

The selection of suitable reference genes is crucial to accurately evaluate and normalize the relative expression level of target genes for gene function analysis. However, commonly used reference genes have variable expression levels in developing skeletal muscle....

["Agricultural Science","Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2428
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Background Names used in ingredient lists of food products are trivial and in their nature rarely precise. The most recent scientific interpretation of the term bamboo (Bambusoideae, Poaceae) comprises over 1,600 distinct species. In the European Union only few...

["Agricultural Science","Food Science and Technology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2781
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Background Corns are hard protuberances that occur on the digital footpads of Greyhound dogs. The cause of these lesions is unknown and there is little information about them in the veterinary literature. We received anecdotal examples of dog to dog spread of corns...

["Molecular Biology","Veterinary Medicine","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2744
118 downloads
581 views

Plants react to biotic and abiotic stresses with a variety of responses including the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which may result in programmed cell death (PCD). The mechanisms underlying ROS production and PCD have not been well studied in microalgae....

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biochemistry","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2748
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The glycogen branching enzyme (EC 2.4.1.18), which catalyses the formation of α-1,6-glycosidic branch points in glycogen structure, is often used to enhance the nutritional value and quality of food and beverages. In order to be applicable in industries, enzymes...

["Biotechnology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2714
72 downloads
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The design of experiments and the validation of the results achieved with them are vital in any research study. This paper focuses on the use of different Machine Learning approaches for regression tasks in the field of Computational Intelligence and especially...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Molecular Biology","Statistics","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2721
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Background In the past three decades, several studies have predominantly relied on a small sample of the plastome to infer deep phylogenetic relationships in the species-rich Melastomataceae. Here, we report the first full plastid sequences of this family, compare...

["Bioinformatics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2715

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