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  • A review of citation rates from genomic studies in the GWAS Catalog suggests that sharing summary statistics results, on average, in ~81.8% more citations, highlighting a benefit of publicly sharing GWAS summary statistics.

    • Guillermo Reales
    • Chris Wallace
    Comment Open Access
  • Cilia assembly and function require intraflagellar transport (IFT), a mechanism that uses “trains” to transport cargoes into and out of cilia. While much has been learned about IFT in the past decades, IFT train assembly, loading of cargo and transport regulation have remained poorly understood. In a recent study, Hesketh, Mukhopadhyay and colleagues obtained the complete structure of the IFT-A complex, a key element of IFT trains. By modelling IFT-A into anterograde trains and performing structure-guided mutagenesis, the authors uncover how the IFT-A complex polymerizes and forms carriages to accomplish its distinctive functions.

    • Francisco Gonçalves-Santos
    • Maria J. G. De-Castro
    • Tiago J. Dantas
    Research Highlight Open Access
  • Recent structures of DNA-bound bacterial and phage recombinases provide insights into homologous recombination and suggest relation to the eukaryotic Rad52 and identification of a Rad52 single strand annealing protein (SSAP) superfamily.

    • Ali Al-Fatlawi
    • Michael Schroeder
    • A. Francis Stewart
    Comment Open Access
  • The BIL1/BZR1 transcription factor is known to regulate transcriptional responses to the brassinosteroid class of phytohormones by directly recognizing short cis regulatory elements in promoters. A new study by Shohei Nosaki, Nobutaka Mitsuda, and colleagues published in Nature Plants indicates that binding of this transcription factor is additionally affected by nucleobases that influence DNA shape but are not directly contacted by BIL1/BZR1.

    • David S. Favero
    Research Highlight Open Access
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DNA replication and replication stress

This Collection invites submissions that highlight recent advances in our understanding how the DNA replication process is regulated, mechanisms that safeguard or repair DNA damage at replication forks, and emerging strategies that exploit replication stress for cancer therapy.
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