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Communications Biology first year anniversary collection

Communications Biology published its first articles on January 22, 2018. In this collection, our editors highlight some of their favorite papers from our first year of publishing. This collection also includes all Review and Comment articles published during our first year. 

Our selected papers celebrate the diversity of our content across the biological sciences, including both fundamentally new biological insights and innovative methods for enabling research. 

To celebrate some of our most-read articles, we have also commissioned 'After the Paper' Comment articles from a few of our authors. These will be added to the collection as they are published. 

Finally, we link to all 'Behind the Paper' posts published by our authors on some of the Nature Research community sites. 

About Communications Biology

Communications Biology is an open access journal from Nature Research publishing high-quality research, reviews and commentary in all areas of the biological sciences. Research papers published by the journal represent significant advances bringing new biological insight to a specialized area of research. Read more about the journal here

About the editors

Communications Biology is edited by both in-house professional editors and academic Editorial Board Members. Our editors work closely together to ensure the quality of our published papers and consistency in author experience. 

 

Editors' picks

  • Communications Biology | Article | open

    Lawrence Reeves et al. report evidence that adult females of the mosquito species Uranotaenia sapphirina feed primarily on annelid hosts. This is the first known example of a mosquito species that specializes on invertebrate blood and suggests that mosquito host use patterns are more diverse than previously recognized.

    • Lawrence E. Reeves
    • , Chris J. Holderman
    • , Erik M. Blosser
    • , Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman
    • , Akito Y. Kawahara
    • , Phillip E. Kaufman
    •  &  Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena
  • Communications Biology | Article | open

    Mathew Seymour et al. investigate the persistence of environmental DNA (eDNA) in river systems in environments of varying pH. Using four sets of upland stream mesocosms, they find that eDNA degrades to non-detectable levels within two days and this degradation is accelerated in acidic environments.

    • Mathew Seymour
    • , Isabelle Durance
    • , Bernard J. Cosby
    • , Emma Ransom-Jones
    • , Kristy Deiner
    • , Steve J. Ormerod
    • , John K. Colbourne
    • , Gregory Wilgar
    • , Gary R. Carvalho
    • , Mark de Bruyn
    • , François Edwards
    • , Bridget A. Emmett
    • , Holly M. Bik
    •  &  Simon Creer
  • Communications Biology | Article | open

    Tomochika Fujisawa et al. report transcriptome sequencing and demographic history analysis of periodical cicadas from three species groups within the genus Magicicada. They find evidence of gene flow between 13- and 17-year species despite the long-term maintenance of divergent life cycles, which may be controlled by unidentified genomic factors.

    • Tomochika Fujisawa
    • , Takuya Koyama
    • , Satoshi Kakishima
    • , John R. Cooley
    • , Chris Simon
    • , Jin Yoshimura
    •  &  Teiji Sota
  • Communications Biology | Article | open

    Brian Brown et al. report the results of the Zurquí All Diptera Biodiversity Inventory project, one of the largest efforts to date to directly assess species richness of a megadiverse order of insects. The authors identified 41,001 flies to 4332 species, including 73 of the world's 160 Diptera families.

    • Brian V. Brown
    • , Art Borkent
    • , Peter H. Adler
    • , Dalton de Souza Amorim
    • , Kevin Barber
    • , Daniel Bickel
    • , Stephanie Boucher
    • , Scott E. Brooks
    • , John Burger
    • , Zelia L. Burington
    • , Renato S. Capellari
    • , Daniel N. R. Costa
    • , Jeffrey M. Cumming
    • , Greg Curler
    • , Carl W. Dick
    • , John H. Epler
    • , Eric Fisher
    • , Stephen D. Gaimari
    • , Jon Gelhaus
    • , David A. Grimaldi
    • , John Hash
    • , Martin Hauser
    • , Heikki Hippa
    • , Sergio Ibáñez-Bernal
    • , Mathias Jaschhof
    • , Elena P. Kameneva
    • , Peter H. Kerr
    • , Valery Korneyev
    • , Cheslavo A. Korytkowski
    • , Giar-Ann Kung
    • , Gunnar Mikalsen Kvifte
    • , Owen Lonsdale
    • , Stephen A. Marshall
    • , Wayne Mathis
    • , Verner Michelsen
    • , Stefan Naglis
    • , Allen L. Norrbom
    • , Steven Paiero
    • , Thomas Pape
    • , Alessandre Pereira-Colavite
    • , Marc Pollet
    • , Sabrina Rochefort
    • , Alessandra Rung
    • , Justin B. Runyon
    • , Jade Savage
    • , Vera C. Silva
    • , Bradley J. Sinclair
    • , Jeffrey H. Skevington
    • , John O. Stireman III
    • , John Swann
    • , F. Christian Thompson
    • , Pekka Vilkamaa
    • , Terry Wheeler
    • , Terry Whitworth
    • , Maria Wong
    • , D. Monty Wood
    • , Norman Woodley
    • , Tiffany Yau
    • , Thomas J. Zavortink
    •  &  Manuel A. Zumbado
  • Communications Biology | Article | open

    Rosa Thorolfsdottir et al. report a genome-wide association study of atrial fibrillation in 29,502 cases and 767,760 controls from Iceland and the UK Biobank. They identify a significant association with coding variants in RPL3L, the first ribosomal gene implicated in atrial fibrillation, and MYZAP, an intercalated disc gene.

    • Rosa B. Thorolfsdottir
    • , Gardar Sveinbjornsson
    • , Patrick Sulem
    • , Jonas B. Nielsen
    • , Stefan Jonsson
    • , Gisli H. Halldorsson
    • , Pall Melsted
    • , Erna V. Ivarsdottir
    • , Olafur B. Davidsson
    • , Ragnar P. Kristjansson
    • , Gudmar Thorleifsson
    • , Anna Helgadottir
    • , Solveig Gretarsdottir
    • , Gudmundur Norddahl
    • , Sridharan Rajamani
    • , Bjarni Torfason
    • , Atli S. Valgardsson
    • , Jon T. Sverrisson
    • , Vinicius Tragante
    • , Oddgeir L. Holmen
    • , Folkert W. Asselbergs
    • , Dan M. Roden
    • , Dawood Darbar
    • , Terje R. Pedersen
    • , Marc S. Sabatine
    • , Cristen J. Willer
    • , Maja-Lisa Løchen
    • , Bjarni V. Halldorsson
    • , Ingileif Jonsdottir
    • , Kristian Hveem
    • , David O. Arnar
    • , Unnur Thorsteinsdottir
    • , Daniel F. Gudbjartsson
    • , Hilma Holm
    •  &  Kari Stefansson
  • Communications Biology | Article | open

    Andreas Pavlogiannis et al. present an approach for constructing strong amplifiers of natural selection using evolutionary graph theory. They also identify features of population structures that are necessary for amplification and suggest their algorithm could be used to construct amplifiers in vitro.

    • Andreas Pavlogiannis
    • , Josef Tkadlec
    • , Krishnendu Chatterjee
    •  &  Martin A. Nowak

Review & Comment

  • Communications Biology | Editorial | open

    Communications Biology celebrates its 1 year anniversary of publishing advances across the biological sciences. Here we review our first year of publishing and look forward to what we hope to achieve in the years to come.

  • Communications Biology | Review Article | open

    In honeybees, genotypically identical females develop into queens or sterile workers, depending on their diets. In this review, Ryszard Maleszka discusses the controversial role of the royal jelly protein Royalactin in caste determination and provides a framework for moving beyond the master inducer concept.

    • Ryszard Maleszka
  • Communications Biology | Review Article | open

    Melinda Mills and Charles Rahal discuss genome-wide association studies published in the last 13 years, finding increases in sample sizes, rates of discovery, and traits studied over time. They discuss limitations, including sample diversity, and make recommendations for scientists and funding bodies.

    • Melinda C. Mills
    •  &  Charles Rahal
  • Communications Biology | Review Article | open

    Tim Koopmans and Yuval Rinkevich review recent findings linking the mesothelium’s embryonic programs that drive epithelial-to-mesenchyme transition with adult pathologies, such as fibrosis, acute scarring, and cancer metastasis. They highlight new avenues for drug development that would target pathways of the mesothelium’s mesenchymal transition.

    • Tim Koopmans
    •  &  Yuval Rinkevich
  • Communications Biology | Review Article | open

    Alan Herbert discusses the properties of Z-DNA and Z-RNA, interactions with ADAR and other Z-binding proteins, and the role these elements play in disease. He also discusses the implication of Z-forming sites in genome evolution.

    • Alan Herbert

After the Paper

  • Communications Biology | Comment | open

    Saunders et al. discuss the latest research and strategies used to control wheat stem rust in Western Europe following their report of its recurrence in the UK for the first time in almost 60 years. In their Comment, they hope to build on their previous work to drive innovation in disease management.

    • Diane G. O. Saunders
    • , Zacharias A. Pretorius
    •  &  Mogens S. Hovmøller
  • Communications Biology | Comment | open

    Mathew Seymour discusses the current status of using environmental DNA derived directly from natural environments to study biodiversity, and its applications in conservation and ecological research. In his Comment, he explores how eDNA as a technology can foster multi-disciplinary collaboration.

    • Mathew Seymour
  • Communications Biology | Comment | open

    Fabien Pifferi et al. discuss the latest research in using caloric restriction for promoting healthspan and lifespan in primates. Their Comment touches on their previous study, addressing how to combine nutrition-based clinical protocols with interventions to delay the onset of age-related diseases.

    • Fabien Pifferi
    • , Jérémy Terrien
    • , Martine Perret
    • , Jacques Epelbaum
    • , Stéphane Blanc
    • , Jean-Luc Picq
    • , Marc Dhenain
    •  &  Fabienne Aujard