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A central challenge in the present era of biodiversity loss is to assess and manage human impacts on freshwater ecosystems. Macroinvertebrates are an ideal group for Environmental Impacts Assessment (EIA). However, generating accurate macroinvertebrate inventories...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2044v4
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Mammalian tears are produced by lacrimal glands to protect eyes and to function in chemical communication and immunity. However, excess tears flow through nasolacrimal ductsto nasal tissues, and via the nasopharyngeal duct to the oral cavity where digestion starts....

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2702v1
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Background. Morphological identification of Pedicularis depends on floral characters because interspecific variations these characters is very large. However, some important characters may be lost during the process of pressing the specimen. Pedicularis delavayi...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2645v2
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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. The populations...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2677v1
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Nowadays, with the development of people's life, obesity become one of the largest health problems today. Solute carrier family 35, member D3 (SLC35D3) protein has been reported to be involved in adipose deposition and metabolic control in mice. Because organ size...

["Bioinformatics","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2661v1
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Background: Gerbera delavayi Franch., a perennial herb native to southwest China, is of important and special value in textile and culture. Its abaxial leaves have a layer of soft fibers, which can be manually peeled, twisted into a yarn, and applied in textiles...

["Conservation Biology","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2656v1
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Quality disciplines have been widely used for decades in industrial and business fields. It is only in recent times, however, that Quality management and approaches have received proper attention in life science. In particular, the need for Quality standards in...

["Cell Biology","Food Science and Technology","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2637v1
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Mutation processes differ between types of point mutation, genomic locations, cells, and biological species. For some point mutations, specific neighbouring bases are known to be mechanistically influential. Beyond these cases, numerous questions remain unresolved...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Medical Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2236v3
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Background: Organ size is determined by the number and size of cells, which are controlled by cell proliferation and cell expansion. Organ size in rice plays a crucial role in determination of rice yield. Cadmium (Cd), one of the major environmental pollutants,...

["Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2593v1
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We report the development and characterization of 13 novel microsatellite loci for the Caribbean queen conch, Lobatus gigas, an ecologically and commercially important marine gastropod. Paired-end sequencing was carried out on genomic DNA from a single queen conch...

["Bioengineering","Bioinformatics","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2559v1
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amrZ, a master regulator protein conserved across Pseudomonads, can be either a positive or negative regulator of swimming motility depending on the species examined. To better understand plasticity in the regulatory function of AmrZ, we characterized the mode...

["Genetics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2041v2
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Background. Bax Inhibitor-1 (BI-1), an integral transmembrane protein, acts as a suppressor of Bax-induced apoptosis through regulation of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced cell death. The gene is highly conserved being found in a diverse range of organisms...

["Cell Biology","Genetics","Neuroscience"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2548v1
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There is an urgent need to identify and understand the ecosystem services provided by threatened animal species such as flying foxes. The first step towards this is to obtain comprehensive data on their diet. However, the volant and nocturnal nature of flying foxes...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2547v1
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Sea urchins play important roles in marine ecosystems as key herbivores and some species have wide geographic range. The Atlantic white sea urchin Tripneustes ventricosus is abundant in many rock reefs of the eastern and western Atlantic, and may be found in high...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Genetics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2529v1
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Understanding the processes that give rise to genomic variability in extant species is an active area of research within evolutionary biology. With the availability of whole genome sequences, it is possible to quantify different forms of variability such as variation...

["Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2510v1
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