Shifts in gut microbiomes may be an early indicator of angelfish speciation

  • Megan J. Huggett
  • Jean-Paul A. Hobbs
  • Joseph D. DiBattista


  • drawing of graphs in black and white

    Communications Biology has a 2-year impact factor: 6.548 (2021), article downloads of 4,666,583 (2021) and 11 days from submission to the first editorial decision.

  • Dr. Alexandra Newman

    Dr. Alexandra Newman is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Kathryn Moore at the New York University Langone Medical Center studying drivers of cross-disease communication between cardiovascular disease and cancer (called Reverse Cardio-Oncology).

  • butterfly

    In this Behind the Paper post, Robert Guralnick, Lindsay Campbell and Michael Belitz discuss the importance of extreme weather events for moth and butterfly flight phenology

  • blue DNA helix

    In this second Behind the Paper post, Cheryl Andam shares the story of her latest work on gene transfer in coagulase-negative Staphylococcus.


  • Although liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) has been extensively studied in various cellular and organismal contexts, the link between functional influence of a genetic mutation and LLPS with respect to human diseases is poorly understood. A recent article by Mensah et al. looks at a rare genetic disease to identify a frameshift mutation, which triggered aberrant phase separation and nucleolar dysregulation, linking genetic variants to a dysregulation of biomolecular condensates.

    • Sumangal Roychowdhury
    • Krishnananda Chattopadhyay
    Research HighlightOpen Access
  • March 31st marks Transgender Day of Visibility, an opportunity to celebrate and elevate the achievements of the transgender community. As part of our annual celebration of Transgender Day of Visibility, we reached out to Leland Graber and Dr. Ezra Kottler, two early-career transgender biologists who shared their own experiences and perspectives on improving support systems for the transgender research community.

    Q&AOpen Access
  • Although we have come a long way in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health conditions, we still have a long way to go. Here we speak to Dr Anna Schueth - a postdoc and passionate advocate whose blogs and other efforts are leading the way in changing academia towards a direction that will allow everyone to thrive as their authentic selves and to get the support they need.

    Q&AOpen Access
  • Behavioral results suggest that learning by trial-and-error (i.e., reinforcement learning) relies on a teaching signal, the prediction error, which quantifies the difference between the obtained and the expected reward. Evidence suggests that distinct cortico-striatal circuits are recruited to encode better-than-expected (positive prediction error) and worst-than-expected (negative prediction error) outcomes. A recent study by Villano et al.1 provides evidence for differential networks that underlie learning from positive and negative prediction errors in humans using real-life behavioral data. More specifically, they found that university students are more likely to update beliefs concerning grade expectations following positive rather than negative prediction errors.

    • Henri Vandendriessche
    • Stefano Palminteri
    Research HighlightOpen Access
  • 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
    CommentOpen Access
A dividing cell in an early embryo

Cell cycle

One of the fundamental biological processes in life is the cell cycle leading from DNA replication to cell division. While it has been studied for decades and our knowledge has matured, sophisticated experimental approaches have rejuvenated the field. In addition, cell cycle regulators have emerged as cancer therapy targets. This collection showcases ground-breaking cell cycle papers and reviews, ranging from basic discoveries to clinical applications.


Nature Careers