Microbiology

Translating genomics into practice for real-time surveillance and response to carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: evidence from a complex multi-institutional KPC outbreak
Nicholas Loman –– This is a really well worked example of how whole genome sequencing is transforming public health surveillance of infectious diseases.
Exosomal microRNA remodels the tumor microenvironment
Maria Cristina Albertini –– Exosomal microRNAs are becoming interesting comunication mechanisms during pathogenesis.
Evaluating the role of wild songbirds or rodents in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape
Peirong Jiao –– Wild songbirds or rodents play a key role in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape.
Introgression between ecologically distinct species following increased salinity in the Colorado Delta- Worldwide implications for impacted estuary diversity
Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
Epigenetic considerations in aquaculture
Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– New approach to improve aquaculture production!
Genome-wide identification of ABA receptor PYL family and expression analysis of PYLs in response to ABA and osmotic stress in Gossypium
Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
A Cdk1 phosphomimic mutant of MCAK impairs microtubule end recognition
Patrizia Lavia –– The issue of how mitotic microtubules interact with the kinetochores of chromosomes is highly relevant to chromosome segregation, and hence to the generation of genetically balanced cells. Errors in the process are, on the contrary, detrimental to genetic stability. Microtubules, though being stably attached to chromosomes, must retain their dynamic ability throughout mitosis in order to move and pull the chromosomes towards the poles. MCAK is a kinesin that has an important role, is absolutely required in the process, yet its mechanism of action is known only in part. Here the authors expand our mechanistic understanding of this kinesin and propose an interesting model for its function. Their revised version is well written and has a very clear, convincing discussion that an reach a broad audience in the field of control of chromosome segregation and genome stability.
Cell wall composition and lignin biosynthetic gene expression along a developmental gradient in an Australian sugarcane cultivar
Pankaj Jaiswal –– It is an important piece of work describing the cell wall composition from an agronomic food crop that is also a potential bioenergy feedstock.
Development of medical informatics in China over the past 30 years from a conference perspective and a Sino-American comparison
Yuriy Orlov –– It raises new questions on global influence on science, and cross-country science competition. In this case in medical informatics.
Uncovering the relationship and mechanisms of Tartary buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum) and Type II diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia using a network pharmacology approach
Juan Rodriguez-Flores –– While many different studies compare diets on a broad level in terms of their impact on T2D, this study takes a unique approach and looks at a particular food (buckwheat) in terms of its biochemical composition and the medicinal value of each compound. This is a valuable approach that should be conducted extensively for other foods with presumable medicinal value, i.e. non-pharmaceutical risk reduction or treatment of disease.
Microbiology
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Endemic species in #Baikal continue to be fascinating... The level of putative carotenoid-binding proteins determines the body color in two species of endemic Lake Baikal amphipods https://t.co/r7k3oomhZr https://t.co/nQ6F6nXYf7

ASPS resembles an MSC https://t.co/oCKE54UPta

Mitochondrial genome of the nonphotosynthetic mycoheterotrophic plant Hypopitys monotropa, its structure, gene expression and RNA editing https://t.co/Hy2F3MdPH5 @thePeerJ https://t.co/CrpM5BNFKD

Comparative analyses of 32 complete plastomes of Tef (Eragrostis tef ) accessions from Ethiopia: phylogenetic relationships and mutational hotspots https://t.co/I5H9HCeAzf @thePeerJ https://t.co/SUDcXEHxBf

Beyond polyphagy and opportunism: natural prey of hunting spiders in the canopy of apple trees https://t.co/6DFPvHOEtz @thePeerJ https://t.co/YQRWkI8xc0

Effects of supplementary feeding on the rumen morphology and bacterial diversity in lambs https://t.co/LlkKHMHOv5 @thePeerJ

JAMA News: "Songbirds, rodents not likely vectors in avian influenza outbreak"
https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/180301q.aspx