Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Mitochondrial DNA hyperdiversity and its potential causes in the marine periwinkle Melarhaphe neritoides (Mollusca: Gastropoda)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tim Collins –– This article addresses some very basic questions about population genetics, molecular evolution, and genetic diversity
RBioplot: an easy-to-use R pipeline for automated statistical analysis and data visualization in molecular biology and biochemistry

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Vsevolod Makeev –– This is a useful technical development, nothing shocking but convenient
Validation of picogram- and femtogram-input DNA libraries for microscale metagenomics

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Hauke Smidt –– The method described here allows to probe the metagenomes of low-biomass ecosystems at significantly reduced bias.
Muscle size explains low passive skeletal muscle force in heart failure patients

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Mario Negrello –– Given the ample relevance of cardiovascular problems, it is important to understand the factors contributing to the weakening of passive skeletal forces. The paper clearly indicates that it is muscle size that primarily relates to this weakening, suggesting particular treatment venues for effective treatment.
Food safety in Thailand 4: comparison of pesticide residues found in three commonly consumed vegetables purchased from local markets and supermarkets in Thailand

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– The article includes valuable information to the field as it describes an inconvenient but real situation concerning the use of excessive concentrations of harm pesticides on highly consumed food, supposedly to be free of them. Many characters should be involved to avoid this kind of issues, but periodic controls as might be required, are expensive and not available for developing countries. Therefore, this problem remains unknown most of the time. Is for that reason that any contribution to increase our knowledge about the security of the food that people decide to eat, will be successful and useful to spread the news and know how and why this is happening. Thus, this kind of papers should be welcome by the entire scientific community.
Cross-sectional study of expression of divalent metal transporter-1, transferrin, and hepcidin in blood of smelters who are occupationally exposed to manganese

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Jie Liu –– The human study weighs more than in vitro work and animal studies to have human relevance.
Rapid induction of GFP expression by the nitrate reductase promoter in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Vijai Kumar Gupta –– Mss. is informative to the readers.
Identification of biomarkers for periodontal disease using the immunoproteomics approach

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Praveen Arany –– Approach maybe extendable to other oral diseases.
Transcriptional activation of muscle atrophy promotes cardiac muscle remodeling during mammalian hibernation

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Dunxian Tan –– This is an important physiological observation which will impact the field of cardio-physiopathology.
Vegemite Beer: yeast extract spreads as nutrient supplements to promote fermentation

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Rosaria Corbo –– The paper shows that Vegemite or other yeast extract spreads could provide cheap and readily available sources of nutrient supplementation to increase the efficiency of fermentation in home brewing or other settings.

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