Bioinformatics and Genomics

Validation and description of two new north-western Australian Rainbow skinks with multispecies coalescent methods and morphology

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Peter Prentis –– It describes new diversity in an Australian lizard group.
BioFuelDB: a database and prediction server of enzymes involved in biofuels production

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Walter de Azevedo Jr. –– This work may be of interest for researchers who work on the development of databases for proteins related to biofuel development.
RNA helicase domains of viral origin in proteins of insect retrotransposons: possible source for evolutionary advantages

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Yegor Vassetzky –– The MS describes the transfer of viral helicases to insect retrotransposons.
Targeted NGS for species level phylogenomics: “made to measure” or “one size fits all”?

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Keith Crandall –– This paper effectively demonstrates the utility of designing clade specific markers from hybrid-enrichment compared to more global approaches and provides custom scripts to analyze transcriptome and whole genome data to identify such markers.
A laid-back trip through the Hennigian Forests

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Zemin Ning –– The paper has some new ideas and people who are working in the same area should be interested.
Clinical streptococcal isolates, distinct from Streptococcus pneumoniae, but containing the β-glucosyltransferase tts gene and expressing serotype 37 capsular polysaccharide

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Padmapriya Banada –– This article demonstrates clinical streptococcal isolates, which are different from Strep. pneumoniae expressing the pneumococcal serotype 37 which make them pathogenic. This is an important discovery since it can benefit all facets of diagnostics, drug discovery and vaccine development. The study is thorough and used sequencing and bioinformatic tools to show the variations in streptococcal species to conclusively demonstrate the genetic similarities and variations. Further testing can confirm the pathogenicity of these isolates.
Demographic inference through approximate-Bayesian-computation skyline plots

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Lays out and implements an ABC framework for testing demographic changes.
Construction of a fur null mutant and RNA-sequencing provide deeper global understanding of the Aliivibrio salmonicida Fur regulon

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Rüdiger Ettrich –– I am convinced that the article indeed contributes to a deeper global understanding of the Aliivibrio salmonicida Fur regulon and reaches out to the adjacent disciplines. Thus the statement in the title is not overstated but indeed advertises the findings in this paper.
EPAS1 variants in high altitude Tibetan wolves were selectively introgressed into highland dogs

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– This is an important contribution, not only because it illuminates on the complex relations between dogs and wolves, and on how adaptations can move between related species, but also because it is relevant for understanding the domestication process of animals, but also in plants.
Distinct patterns in the gut microbiota after surgical or medical therapy in obese patients

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Jie Liu –– This is a hot topic addressing an important question.

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I find report controversial, have to read more carefully though - [viral] RNA helicase in insect retrotransposons https://t.co/Lh6DIE97T8

Second chapter is out! Let me present 2 new Kimberley Carlia skinks: C. insularis and C. isostriacantha in https://t.co/F7q4H5bkcB https://t.co/BwHiI6pGXN

BioFuelDB: a database and prediction server of enzymes involved in biofuels production https://t.co/0QDMHoJRW0… https://t.co/7EdgdJAJ6G

Demographic inference through approximate-Bayesian-computation skyline plots published as: https://t.co/J5k3wUdXwM @thePeerJ #biorxiv

Challenging phylogeny? You need "made to measure" hyb-seq markers. Paper & Kadlec's new tools out at @thePeerJ https://t.co/LPhEsYLEQZ https://t.co/kZwho1xThj

Well done @CarmenLSheppard! Published today in @thePeerJ: https://t.co/AAuY7XoJAE #Bioinformatics #MicrobialGenomics #InfectiousDiseases

#microbiota #Obesity @thePeerJ https://t.co/rOb2y9McAp #Genomics #Microbiology #GastroenterologyandHepatology