Bioinformatics and Genomics

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Genome-wide identification of ABA receptor PYL family and expression analysis of PYLs in response to ABA and osmotic stress in Gossypium

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
A microbial survey of the International Space Station (ISS)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joël Mossong –– This is an interesting article on the microbial contamination of an unusual habitat in space, the international space station.
Development of medical informatics in China over the past 30 years from a conference perspective and a Sino-American comparison

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Yuriy Orlov –– It raises new questions on global influence on science, and cross-country science competition. In this case in medical informatics.
Uncovering the relationship and mechanisms of Tartary buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum) and Type II diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia using a network pharmacology approach

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Juan Rodriguez-Flores –– While many different studies compare diets on a broad level in terms of their impact on T2D, this study takes a unique approach and looks at a particular food (buckwheat) in terms of its biochemical composition and the medicinal value of each compound. This is a valuable approach that should be conducted extensively for other foods with presumable medicinal value, i.e. non-pharmaceutical risk reduction or treatment of disease.
PBxplore: a tool to analyze local protein structure and deformability with Protein Blocks

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Walter de Azevedo Jr. –– The authors report the development and application of a suite of tools, called PBxplore. This computational tool can be used to analyze the dynamics and deformability of protein structures using Protein Blocks (PBs). It is an interesting development for scientists interesting in molecular dynamics simulations of protein structures.
Coral-associated viral communities show high levels of diversity and host auxiliary functions

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Fabiano Thompson –– addresses virus diversity in reef systems, and roles in genome plasticity.
Gene and genome-centric analyses of koala and wombat fecal microbiomes point to metabolic specialization for Eucalyptus digestion

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Peter Prentis –– This article is the first comparative analysis of marsupial microbiomes.
The intervals method: a new approach to analyse finite element outputs using multivariate statistics

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Philip Cox –– This article describes a new technique for analysing the results of FEA. It has the potential to be used widely in the discipline.
voomDDA: discovery of diagnostic biomarkers and classification of RNA-seq data

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Zemin Ning –– RNA-seq analysis is very useful and popular and we should expect general interests from the community.
Trichoplax adhaerens reveals a network of nuclear receptors sensitive to 9-cis-retinoic acid at the base of metazoan evolution

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christopher Cooper –– One of very few articles on Trichoplax, an emerging model organism of increasing importance in evo-devo biology.

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A microbial survey of the ISS. https://t.co/DMdgTYuwLi via @thePeerJ

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Four way #VennDiagram caught my eye in @thePeerJ email, expected #DataViz disaster, but turns out it not that bad a choice as the set overlaps here are relatively small https://t.co/KPy3hJ63JF

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/jHwNBx4ZGb #Bioinformatics #ComputationalBiology #MolecularBiology

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Doing our bit to fill the knowledge gap on iconic Australian marsupials @thePeerJ https://t.co/GSQMAk2Hfu #Genomics #Microbiology

Our new paper in @thePeerJ presents a new method to merge #FEA outputs with multivariate statistics. #biomechanics https://t.co/ozapJDmSKt https://t.co/cTgEw6xs4H

Trichoplax adhaerens reveals a network of nuclear receptors sensitive to 9-cis-retinoic acid at the base of... https://t.co/EpbPqCZ0Qh

Popular Science: "Scientists are trying to figure out which bacteria have colonized our space station"
https://www.popsci.com/ISS-microbiome

The space station is about as sanitary as your run-of-the-mill bachelor pad
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/space-station-is-chock-full-of-germs/

The International Space Station is super germy
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/05/the-international-space-station-is-super-germy/

The International Space Station is swarming with bacteria
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/the-international-space-station-is-swarming-with-bacteria

Just Like Home: Space Station Has Same Microbes As Your House
https://www.space.com/38980-space-station-bacteria-similar-human-homes-study.html

The ISS Bacterial Community Resembles What You'd Find in Your Home
https://www.seeker.com/space/the-iss-bacterial-community-resembles-what-youd-find-in-your-home

International Space Station colonised by mysterious bugs – including ‘alien’ bacteria
http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/05/international-space-station-colonised-mysterious-bugs-including-alien-bacteria-7134669/

'Diverse' bacteria found on International Space Station like that on Earth, scientists reveal
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-international-space-station-bacteria-found-earth-home-humans-study-iss-a8092756.html

The bacterial community on the International Space Station resembles homes
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bacterial-international-space-station-resembles.html

BACTERIA IN SPACE: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION HAS LOTS OF THE SAME MICROBES AS ANY OTHER HOME
http://www.newsweek.com/bacteria-space-international-space-station-has-same-microbes-any-other-home-735208