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    Large dsDNA viruses either replicate in or disrupt the nucleus to gain access to host RNA polymerases, or they rely on virus-encoded, packaged RNA polymerases. Here, the authors show that Noumeavirus replicates in the cytoplasm and relies on a transient recruitment of nuclear proteins to initiate replication.

    • Elisabeth Fabre
    • , Sandra Jeudy
    • , Sébastien Santini
    • , Matthieu Legendre
    • , Mathieu Trauchessec
    • , Yohann Couté
    • , Jean-Michel Claverie
    •  & Chantal Abergel
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    B-cell encounter with antigen is thought to result in anergy, cell death, or a productive B-cell response. Here the authors show that transient antigen acquisition can enable B-cell recruitment into productive responses or a return to a naive-like state, depending on availability of T-cell help.

    • Jackson S. Turner
    • , Matangi Marthi
    • , Zachary L. Benet
    •  & Irina Grigorova
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    The budding yeast genome encodes two Pif1 family helicases, Pif1 and Rrm3, previously shown to have distinct functions in the maintenance of telomeres and other aspects of genome stability. Here the authors identify a role for Pif1 (and Rrm3) in promoting DNA replication and suppressing R-loop mediated DNA damage at tRNA genes.

    • Phong Lan Thao Tran
    • , Thomas J. Pohl
    • , Chi-Fu Chen
    • , Angela Chan
    • , Sebastian Pott
    •  & Virginia A. Zakian
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    Life cycle assessments are used by corporations to determine the sustainability of raw source materials. Here, Chaplin-Kramer et al. develop an improved life cycle assessment approach incorporating spatial variation in land-use change, and apply this framework to a bioplastic case study.

    • Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer
    • , Sarah Sim
    • , Perrine Hamel
    • , Benjamin Bryant
    • , Ryan Noe
    • , Carina Mueller
    • , Giles Rigarlsford
    • , Michal Kulak
    • , Virginia Kowal
    • , Richard Sharp
    • , Julie Clavreul
    • , Edward Price
    • , Stephen Polasky
    • , Mary Ruckelshaus
    •  & Gretchen Daily
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    Secondary organic aerosols (SOA) are important for climate and aerosol quality, but the phase state is unclear. Here, the authors show that SOA is liquid in tropical and polar air, semi-solid in the mid-latitudes, solid over dry lands and in a glassy solid phase state in the middle and upper troposphere.

    • Manabu Shiraiwa
    • , Ying Li
    • , Alexandra P. Tsimpidi
    • , Vlassis A. Karydis
    • , Thomas Berkemeier
    • , Spyros N. Pandis
    • , Jos Lelieveld
    • , Thomas Koop
    •  & Ulrich Pöschl
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    Recent works suggest that cellular networks may respond to novel challenges on the time-scale of cellular lifetimes through large-scale perturbation of gene expression and convergence to a new state. Here, the authors demonstrate the theoretical feasibility of exploratory adaptation in cellular networks by showing that convergence to new states depends on known features of these networks.

    • Hallel I. Schreier
    • , Yoav Soen
    •  & Naama Brenner

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