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.
Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and child’s cognitive performance at 6–8 years of age in rural Burkina Faso: an observational study
Jafri Abdullah –– A study done in local language context from the African continent about a global disease with interesting results.
Confluence does not affect the expression of miR-375 and its direct targets in rat and human insulin-secreting cell lines
Padmapriya Banada –– this article addresses important issues in cell biology regarding the influence of high confluence on the expression of enriched miRNAs in beta cells. this is supported by additional studies which has also showed that confluency of cells can influence gene expression.
Effects of sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibition on renal function and albuminuria in patients with type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Antonio Palazón-Bru –– A meta-analysis which provides scientific evidence in order to address the analyzed research question.
Distinct patterns in the gut microbiota after surgical or medical therapy in obese patients
Jie Liu –– This is a hot topic addressing an important question.
Taxonomic richness and abundance of cryptic peracarid crustaceans in the Puerto Morelos Reef National Park, Mexico
Mark Costello –– The fauna living within marine gravel and rubble is very poorly studied because of sampling difficulties and the relative rarity of the habitat (in contrast to gravel in rivers). Yet, it is especially rich in crustaceans which are an important functional role in ecosystems (grazing, fish prey). This study shows their high diversity in a coral reef ecosystem and highlight how this group has been overlooked in coral reef ecology.
c-Kit modifies the inflammatory status of smooth muscle cells
Paul Tulkens –– A novel mechanism in the control of inflammation
Eocene Loranthaceae pollen pushes back divergence ages for major splits in the family
Kenneth De Baets –– The authors document the fossil pollen record of parasitic plants across various continents and use it together with molecular sequences to constrain their evolutionary time-scale . This will be relevant for palynologists, (paleo)botanist and evolutionary biologists in general.
Largest baleen whale mass mortality during strong El Niño event is likely related to harmful toxic algal bloom
Mark Costello –– Provides evidence of a cause of cetacean mortality in relation to toxic phytoplankton ("harmful alga blooms") which are a concern in many parts of the world. Cetacean deaths are often a source of mystery and this indicates that naturally occurring toxic events can be one possible cause.
Patterns of bleaching and mortality following widespread warming events in 2014 and 2015 at the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Hawai‘i
Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– With the increasing frequency of thermal events that coral reefs are facing worldwide, this study is of great importance to understand the bleaching patterns in Hawaiian Reefs and its ecological consequences.

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Fora dos insetos, merecem destaque as aranhas. Foram 142 espécies novas. O número mais alto que já registrei. A foto é de espécies do gênero Epeus, que inclui três novas espécies: https://t.co/fEMXbFWFot https://t.co/q7fcLarjCy

A revision of Jainemys pisdurensis https://t.co/f13Mut56Bd via @thePeerJ

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/dNdHc8B2CK #MathematicalBiology #Epidemiology #GlobalHealth

New paper in #populationecology on joint live and dead encounter models! https://t.co/WApemhJolF When reported mortality probabilities are >0.10, even a small recap probability (0.01) improves precision in demographic estimates. Thanks to co-authors Scott, Ray, Dana!

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