wolf in the wild

Wolves infected with the T. gondii parasite take higher risks

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  • Douglas W. Smith


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    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.

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    Neurovascular biology is an emerging and fascinating field, which is rapidly advancing our understanding about the mechanisms governing communication between the nervous system and vasculature, both in health and disease. To help advance this exciting area we are welcoming submissions that contribute to our understanding of all things neurovascular.

    Open for submissions
  • Naegleria fowleri amoeba

    Recent advances in sequencing, culturing and experimental tractability now enable researchers to dissect the evolutionary principles of core cellular biology in simple multicellular and unicellular metazoans as well as protozoa. We welcome submissions on fundamental cellular processes and relevant tools for organisms employed by evolutionary cell biologists.

    Open for submissions
  • Sclerocormus reconstruction

    In this post, the authors describe how their study of the ichthyosauriform Sclerocormus provides further evidence for an explosive marine reptile diversification event in the Early Triassic.


  • Dr. Nikki Traylor-Knowles is an Associate Professor of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science. Dr. Traylor-Knowles received her Ph.D. from Boston University and was a NSF Ocean Sciences postdoctoral fellow at Hopkins Marine Station before starting her own research lab in 2016. In this Q&A, Dr. Traylor-Knowles tells us about her work on understanding the complexities of coral and role as the founder of Black Women in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Science (BWEEMS).

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  • Anti-retroviral therapy with drugs like dolutegravir is a powerful tool in both the treatment and prevention of HIV, but is limited by strict adherence to a daily therapeutic regimen. In a recent study, Deodhar, Sillman, and colleagues developed a dolutegravir prodrug that offers long-lasting protection against HIV infection, with the potential to dramatically improve anti-retroviral therapy efficacy.

    • Angelo Mandarino
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  • While recent advances in plant single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) have made numerous strides in identifying novel regulatory events, transcriptional profiling of certain cell types, such as phloem poles, has not yet been thoroughly investigated. A recent article by Otero et al. utilized cell-type specific marker lines and a second-generation single-cell approach to uncover transcriptomic landscapes specifying protophloem-adjacent cells, as well as identify a set of important transcription factors (TFs) signifying early phloem development.

    • Jinbao Liu
    • Aqsa Majeed
    • M. Shahid Mukhtar
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  • The viruses infecting bacteria, known as phages, carry a wondrous diversity of enzymes known as endolysins, which are responsible for opening cellular doors, like the membrane or wall, so that newly minted phages are set free. In a recent study, Oechslin and colleagues explored the evolutionary mystery of lactococcal endolysin biodiversity, suggesting that these endolysins are flexible and can be used as kinds of skeleton keys to open a broad range of cellular doors.

    • Melissa Walker
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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.


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