Bioinformatics and Genomics

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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.
Putative archaeal viruses from the mesopelagic ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christopher Cooper –– Useful bioinformatics tool for viral metagenomics
Discrimination of Picea chihuahuana Martinez populations on the basis of climatic, edaphic, dendrometric, genetic and population traits

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Robert Winkler –– The article has practical implications in the conservation of tree species.
Unimodal relationship between small-scale barnacle recruitment and the density of pre-existing barnacle adults

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This is a well-executed field study that addresses density dependence of both attraction and avoidance of conspecifics over a broad range of densities in marine larvae settling from the plankton.
Chemical composition and the potential for proteomic transformation in cancer, hypoxia, and hyperosmotic stress

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Cristina Albertini –– This is a good quality research paper and matches the journal standards.
Alien vs. predator: bacterial challenge alters coral microbiomes unless controlled by Halobacteriovorax predators

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study presents interesting data that show how some coral-associated microbes have the capacity to protect their host by predating on alien bacteria.

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

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

Chemical composition and the potential for proteomic transformation in cancer, ... published as: https://t.co/JiYK8iW31H @thePeerJ #biorxiv

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

Putative archaeal viruses from the mesopelagic ocean https://t.co/CO6tv1WhxU

Elegant study exploring co-influences of gregariousness & density dependence on #intertidal #barnacle settlement https://t.co/RNJexr138f

Alien vs. Predator: Vibrio challenge alters coral microbiomes unless controlled by Halobacteriovax https://t.co/Rf8i7QnbS3 via @thePeerJ