Editor rating: 7 / 10Jennifer Vonk –– Gene - behavior associations is a very important and growing area of research. These types of studies will help us understand the impact of domestication at a more molecular level in canids.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Kenneth De Baets –– This manuscript a comprehensive review of sexual dimorphism in arachnids including several small understudied orders. This makes it possible to discuss general patterns and gaps in our current knowledge. For the more general audience, it might be interesting to see how male and female arachnids can differ.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Jörg Oehlmann –– The article contributes to the understanding of animal chemical defence mechanisms against predation and is also important from an evolutionary perspective as it describes a trait that could be a key factor for the broad geographical distribution for ampullariid snails.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Jörg Oehlmann –– The identification and description of a new species in a highly threatened vertebrate taxonomic group is very important to conserve our biodiversity.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jennifer Vonk –– This will be a valuable resource for both researchers and trainers in more applied settings and will help to further the cause of empirical research to back accepted training regimes.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Michael Wink –– interesting work on cuckoos
Editor rating: 7 / 10Salvador Sánchez-Carrillo –– Biochemistry of environmental stress in organismal to be used as biomarkers
Editor rating: 7 / 10Susanne Brander –– It describes new findings regarding sublethal immunotoxic effects caused by a contaminant class (nanoparticles) of emerging concern in a marine organism of ecological importance.
Editor rating: 8 / 10John Ringo –– Eleven new species are described. Classical morphological characters are analyzed alongside genetic data, a nice synthesis.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Mason Posner –– This study uses the zebrafish to show that the foxr1 transcription factor is maternally inherited and important for early embryonic development. The authors use a combination of CRISPR genome editing and measurements of mRNA expression to provide compelling evidence for their conclusions. A phylogenetic analysis suggests that the importance of foxr1 may be widespread in vertebrates. This study is a good example of an integrative approach to examining vertebrate early development and an excellent use of the zebrafish model system.
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