Editor rating: 9 / 10Pankaj Jaiswal –– This article on Torreya grandis (Taxaceae) an ancient conifer species that is endemic to southeast China provides an important insight into the population structure and distribution of the species. It also generated the genomic resources necessary to move forward the research on Torreya grandis.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Sven Rahmann –– This work presents the first bioinformatic solution for multi-locus sequence typing from long reads.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Min Zhao –– This is a good example to integrate data for lncRNAs in a specific cancer type.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Anthony Amend –– This paper highlights the use of a synthetic mock community as a standard to filter out bad quality data.
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.
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