BMC Biology Table of Contents – August 2019
From ‘programmable liquids’ to faeces as a conservation tool
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From ‘programmable liquids’ to a new method for field biology, this month’s content in BMC Biology comprises a diverse assortment of Research and Commissioned pieces.

Our research articles below include the functional annotation of the cattle genome, portable and strain-level fungal pathogen identification, and evidence of elusive voltage-gated sodium channels in retinal epithelia.

The latest Review in our Engineering Biology collection arrives describing the latest in using cell-free systems as bioengineering platforms. This series is continuing to accept submissions of research articles, as are our Cancer Metabolism, In the Light of Evolution and Microbiome Biology collections – head to their homepages to read more and submit your papers.

The Focus collection across the BMC flagships this month is on Cancer; covering tissue-related immune signatures for prognosis, a novel oncogene in breast cancer, subclonal architecture in responses to combination chemotherapy, and the VULCAN tool to overlay patient expression networks generated onto ChIP-seq data.

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Featured articles
A genetically tractable crustacean model of the visual system

Michalis Averof and colleagues characterise the organization of the eyes and visual circuits of Parhyale hawaiensis, providing a foundation for work in a system that serves low-resolution visual tasks.
Synthetic Biology Goes Cell-Free
Synthetic Biology Goes Cell-Free

In a new Review article Keith Pardee and colleagues describe how cell-free systems evolved as platforms for synthetic biology and the exciting applications they have enabled.
Heavy metal, stress and the metazoan integrator complex

Metagenomes and metatranscriptomes from brine and sediment samples shed light on the microbes that mediate sulfur cycling in halo-alkaline conditions.
A molecular signature of sex, age and species

Robert Beynon, Jane Hurst and colleagues describe a new application of REIMS for field biology and conservation.
From the blog: sequence-based plant disease diagnostics in Ethiopian wheat fields

In their blog, Diane Saunders and Dave Hodson explain why Ethiopia needs an early warning system to protect against the spread of fungal pathogens causing wheat rust, and describe how MARPLE, a portable gene-targeted sequencing and analysis system that provides rapid strain-level diagnosis, is able to meet this need.

Featured series - Reviews
Featured series - Reviews

This collection houses our commissioned Reviews, including viral hijacking of metabolism, the evolution of aging, cell polarity in signaling, and protein translocation across membranes.

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Commissioned content


Synthetic Biology Goes Cell-Free
Aidan Tinafar, Katariina Jaenes and Keith Pardee




MARPLE, a point-of-care, strain-level disease diagnostics and surveillance tool for complex fungal pathogens
Guru V. Radhakrishnan et al.

Rapid identification of species, sex and maturity by mass spectrometric analysis of animal faeces

Nicola B. Davidson et al.

Sodium channels enable fast electrical signaling and regulate phagocytosis in the retinal pigment epithelium
Julia K. Johansson et al.

Analysis of the genetically tractable crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis reveals the organisation of a sensory system for low-resolution vision

Ana Patricia Ramos et al.

Functional annotation of the cattle genome through systematic discovery and characterization of chromatin states and butyrate-induced variations
Lingzhao Fang et al.

Metagenomes and metatranscriptomes shed new light on the microbial-mediated sulfur cycle in a Siberian soda lake
Charlotte D. Vavourakis et al.

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