Editor rating: 9 / 10Hugo Sarmento –– Litterature text-mining to discover gene-gene interaction.
Section Editor rating: 8 / 10Elena Papaleo –– The authors present a novel tool, PlasmidSeeker, which could be useful for genomic research and also help the time-consuming and tedious assembly steps.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Curtis Daehler –– This work provides genetic evidence suggesting the native range of a widely distributed animal that was accidentally spread by humans starting hundreds of years ago.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Xavier Pochon –– This study provides the first range-wide phylogeographic study of the banded coral shrimp S. hispidus, extending across more than 27,000 km of the globe. Coalescence analysis brings evidence that an isolated Indo-Pacific lineage evolved from a rare dispersal event from the Atlantic around South Africa via the Benguela Current, thereby colonizing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, followed by dispersal across the Indo-Pacific in the last 200,000 years. Surprisingly, this benthic coral reef associated shrimp shows a single haplotype dominating the largest continuous tropical oceanic expanse on the planet.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Xavier Pochon –– This study developed a simple and cost-effective assay that quickly allows for discrimination amongst coral species in the genus Pocillopora using simple PCR amplification followed by digestion with widely available restriction enzymes. Pocilloporid corals exhibit extreme phenotypic plasticity, making morphological identification of species very challenging. The assay was tested on 691 coral samples collected from across the Hawaiian Archipelago and successfully characterised all six Pocillopora species occurring in Hawaii. Compared to sequence-based identification, this method is simple, rapid and represents a cost saving of nearly 95%. This work will benefit future studies of population structure, ecology, biodiversity, evolution and conservation in this challenging coral genus.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Heiko Enderling –– This article discusses the contributions of quantitative models in predicting biology, and makes an important point about the balance of simplicity/complexity/accuracy/usefulness of biophysical models. If simple models capture biological complexity, the use of more detailed models must be properly justified.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Todd Vision –– This is a novel and innovative approach to studying the genomic correlates of convergent evolution. It is likely to inspire similar studies in other systems and for other kinds of genomic changes, as well as bioinformatic work to refine and extend the methods.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Nicholas Loman –– This is a really well worked example of how whole genome sequencing is transforming public health surveillance of infectious diseases.
Editor rating: 10 / 10Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Joël Mossong –– This is an interesting article on the microbial contamination of an unusual habitat in space, the international space station.
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