BMC Biology Table of Contents – November 2019
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This month’s content in BMC Biology sees the latest additions to our special interest collections, front matter content, and research articles.

Research covers the role of peripheral cathepsin L on obesity, genome stability in Aspergillus and how ETS1 regulates cardiac lineage commitment.

This month features two new additions to our Microbiome Biology special issue. A new review from Christine Moissl-Eichinger and colleagues on microbes in the upper respiratory tract; and research from Philippe Lesnik exploring the effect of intestinal microbiota on cholesterol homeostasis.

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Featured articles

Exploding our knowledge of biodiversity
Exploding our knowledge of biodiversity not yet lost

Rudolf Meier and colleagues identify over 650 new candidate species of Phorid flies from a single flytrap in Uganda, demonstrating how low-cost 1D Minion sequencing, with improved barcoding capability, enables the rapid discovery of new species in hyperdiverse taxa. From our Environment and Sustainability collection.

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Adaptations to chemosymbiosis in a tubeworm
Adaptations to chemosymbiosis in a tubeworm

Some genes lost, others gained. The genome of gutless tubeworm Lamellibrachia luymesi reveals how it has adapted to hosting chemoautotrophic symbionts essential for its survival in cold ocean depths.

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Epigenome editing via exogenous DNA
Epigenome editing via exogenous DNA

Jay Shendure and colleagues demonstrate functional silencing of a gene through CRISPR/Cas9 mediated insertion of exogenously methylated DNA sequence. From our Engineering Biology series.

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The oat genome
The oat genome

Peter Maughan and colleagues develop fully annotated chromosome-level assemblies of the diploid progenitor species of the As- and Cp-subgenomes of Oat, and look into its complexity and evolution.

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Featured series
Featured series - Reviews

This collection houses our commissioned Reviews, including viral hijacking of metabolism, personalized therapies in leukaemia, the evolution of aging, and anti-CRISPRs in molecular arms races.

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Commissioned content

The microbiome of the upper respiratory tract in health and disease
Christina Kumpitsch et al.
BMC Biology 2019 17:87



Genome sequencing of evolved aspergilli populations reveals robust genomes, transversions in A. flavus, and sexual aberrancy in non-homologous end-joining mutants
Isidro Álvarez-Escribano et al.
BMC Biology 2019 17:88

Single-cell reconstruction of differentiation trajectory reveals a critical role of ETS1 in human cardiac lineage commitment
Hang Ruan et al.
BMC Biology 2019 17:89

Concurrent genome and epigenome editing by CRISPR-mediated sequence replacement
Jes Alexander et al.
BMC Biology 2019 17:90

Genomic adaptations to chemosymbiosis in the deep-sea seep-dwelling tubeworm Lamellibrachia luymesi
Yuanning Li et al.
BMC Biology 2019 17:91

Genomic insights from the first chromosome-scale assemblies of oat (Avena spp.) diploid species
Peter J. Maughan et al.
BMC Biology 2019 17:92

Peripheral cathepsin L inhibition induces fat loss in C. elegans and mice through promoting central serotonin synthesis
Yan Lin et al.
BMC Biology 2019 17:93

The intestinal microbiota regulates host cholesterol homeostasis
Tiphaine Le Roy et al.
BMC Biology 2019 17:94

Optimized photo-stimulation of halorhodopsin for long-term neuronal inhibition
Chuanqiang Zhang et al.
BMC Biology
 2019 17:95

Rapid, large-scale species discovery in hyperdiverse taxa using 1D MinION sequencing
Amrita Srivathsan et al.
BMC Biology 2019 17:96


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