Biodegradation of thiocyanate by a native groundwater microbial consortium
Siouxsie Wiles –– The authors show that native micro-organisms can be stimulated to biodegrade thiocyanate created by the processing of gold ore. Given the environmental impact of pollution caused by mining and other processes, this is a neat proof-of-concept.
Fatty liver is a risk factor for liver metastasis in Chinese patients with non-small cell lung cancer
Shi-Cong Tao –– Meaningful research. High level of writing.
Identification of Austwickia chelonae as cause of cutaneous granuloma in endangered crocodile lizards using metataxonomics
Fernando Spilki –– The paper describes the role of Austwickia chelonae as a cause of skin disease in free-living crocodile lizards.
An assessment for health education and health promotion in chronic disease demonstration districts: a comparative study from Hunan Province, China
Gregory Gilbert –– This study was designed to establish a framework of indicators for outcome evaluation of health education and promotion efforts in Chinese districts, and explore the factors involved to promote the effort. It concluded chronic disease demonstration districts performed better on the work of health education and health promotion than the non-demonstration districts.
Two membrane-bound transcription factors regulate expression of various type-IV-pili surface structures in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius
Craig Moyer –– This effort shows the relationship of protein regulators ArnR and paralog ArnR1 affecting the expression of archaellum in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius.
Enhancing fitness, enjoyment, and physical self-efficacy in primary school children: a DEDIPAC naturalistic study
Laura Guidetti –– The article highlights role of the school in promoting PA and sport for youth, therefore the school can be an ideal setting to promote PA and prevent children’s overweight prevalence.
The association between meteorological variables and road traffic injuries: a study from Macao
Yuming Guo –– This paper adds evidence on the associations between meteorological variables and road traffic injuries. It is important finding in the context of climate change.
Improved genome of Agrobacterium radiobacter type strain provides new taxonomic insight into Agrobacterium genomospecies 4
Siouxsie Wiles –– Highlights a serious issue with the previously published genome and presents new insights into Agrobacterium biology
Synthesis of silver nanoparticles using a modified Tollens’ method in conjunction with phytochemicals and assessment of their antimicrobial activity
Scott Wallen –– Quantity production and stabilization of nanoparticles using renewable materials is critical for sustainable nanotechnology development and the present article furthers this approach.
Predictors of foot care behaviours in patients with diabetes in Turkey
J. Jaime Miranda –– Diabetes foot care is important. Now, the dyad of obesity and diabetes means that more people are and will be at risk of diabetes foot ulcers and amputations. This manuscript will be useful for people in the diabetes and clinical areas as well as behavioural and psychology areas. Also important for those planning future interventions.

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New publication from Haigh lab and his collaborators identify SARS-CoV-2 founder mutations in samples from China, USA, Australia and GenBank sequences with the greatest number of mutations in the US samples. #covid19 https://t.co/hAJC7gJbox via @thePeerJ

Another interesting article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/zNy1Sl5Bkf #Biotechnology #MolecularBiology #Toxicology #Pharmacology #Histology

High expression of stromal signatures correlated with macrophage infiltration, angiogenesis and poor prognosis in glioma microenvironment https://t.co/qG0Iy2gOmF @thePeerJ

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