Microbiology

BioFuelDB: a database and prediction server of enzymes involved in biofuels production
Walter de Azevedo Jr. –– This work may be of interest for researchers who work on the development of databases for proteins related to biofuel development.
Effects of linear and daily undulating periodized resistance training programs on measures of muscle hypertrophy: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Scotty Butcher –– This paper adds to a growing body of literature examining the effects of periodization during resistance training.
Influence of CNTRENE® C100LM carbon nanotube material on the growth and regulation of Escherichia coli
Regina-Michaela Wittich –– The input of commercial materials.
Quercivorol as a lure for the polyphagous and Kuroshio shot hole borers, Euwallacea spp. nr. fornicatus (Coleoptera: Scolytinae), vectors of Fusarium dieback
Dezene Huber –– Work on these exotic pests has so far been minimal. This provides a good foundation for further investigations on semiochemical-based IPM methods for monitoring, deterrence, or perhaps even mass trapping.
Occasional hybridization between a native and invasive Senecio species in Australia is unlikely to contribute to invasive success
Curtis Daehler –– While numerous studies have pointed out threats posed by hybridization between native and invasive species, this work provides a counter-example: Although hybrids were detected, hybridization does not seem to pose a risk to the native species or promote spread of the invader.
Newly incident cannabis use in the United States, 2002–2011: a regional and state level benchmark
Lucy Troup –– We are in the midst of a "cannabis revolution" the more solid science we have to help us understand the good the bad and the ugly the better informed we can be in our understanding of cannabis. This in turn will enable a sound basis for communicating to the wider community.
Targeted NGS for species level phylogenomics: “made to measure” or “one size fits all”?
Keith Crandall –– This paper effectively demonstrates the utility of designing clade specific markers from hybrid-enrichment compared to more global approaches and provides custom scripts to analyze transcriptome and whole genome data to identify such markers.
A positive readout single transcript reporter for site-specific mRNA cleavage
Erich Schwarz –– To my knowledge, this is the first reporter for miRNA activity that works without secondary gene products (proteins) that can, at best, work in a cumbersome and unreliable manner to generate readouts from miRNA action. This reporter has the potential to applied therepeutically to induce cell-specific gene activity (either of a toxin gene, or of some other desired gene) in only those cells that happen to be expressing a particular miRNA (such as onco-miRNAs). This reporter should be able to work in any cell type of any metazoan with functioning miRNAs. The reasoning that led to this work is clear, direct, and elegant. The minor technical imperfections, which the authors scrupulously report in their statistical analysis, may well be overcome by future optimization of the RNA hairpins used by the reporter (perhaps by in vitro evolution of the miRNA reporter itself).
Demographic inference through approximate-Bayesian-computation skyline plots
Tomas Hrbek –– Lays out and implements an ABC framework for testing demographic changes.
EPAS1 variants in high altitude Tibetan wolves were selectively introgressed into highland dogs
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.
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Identification of prognostic risk factors for pancreatic cancer using bioinformatics analysis https://t.co/dNGhy30cj4 @thePeerJ https://t.co/P9DTDygd3n

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Analysis of bone morphometrics and finite-element modelling of the weird Australian mekosuchine crocodylomorphs, supporting that they were more terrestrial than extant crocs tend to be: https://t.co/tW7Cz7TQZq https://t.co/LA1QkHKJlv

Aggregation pathways of human γ D crystallin induced by metal ions revealed by time dependent methods https://t.co/bX53VNJQVI @thePeerJ https://t.co/ylqFItRVLr

Historical museum collections and contemporary population studies implicate roads and introduced predatory bullfrogs in the decline of western pond turtles https://t.co/dP5sOLx4M8 @thePeerJ https://t.co/8WiUKe1k5k

A little late for the #Biodiversity themed #WorldEnvironmentDay but our article on 'Identifying potential threats to #soil biodiversity' has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/mhxX5O0jrc #Ecology #SoilScience #WorldEnvironmentDay2020 https://t.co/U02lsHgU9L