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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Fernando Spilki –– The findings are of importance for those handling captive zebras.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Haseeb Khan –– This study adds to the knowledge about captive breeding of endangered koala.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Shao-Chen Sun –– This study applies melatonin into transgenetic animal production.
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