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Biomechanical factors shape cellular function through influencing the structural integrity, morphology, and dynamics of cells and tissues. Here we present a collection of articles published in Communications Biology that address how mechanical forces affect biology.
How cells, tissues and organisms interpret the information encoded in the genome has vital implications for our understanding of development, health and disease. Launched in 2003, the ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project aims to map the functional elements in the human genome (later expanded to include model organisms).
New technologies to study stem cells have increased our knowledge about their physiological roles and contributions to development, ageing, regeneration and disease. This collection showcases research articles, reviews and protocols from across the Nature journals to highlight the striking advances made in basic and translational stem cell research.
Image: Benedetta Artegiani and Delilah Hendriks, Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
On this year's World Oceans Day, we reflect upon the oceans that connect us all and the many challenges they face today. To celebrate the currents propelling us toward conservation action, our editors have rounded up a collection of the ocean-related articles at Communications Biology. For more information about World Oceans Day please visit these resources here and here.
Stress affects all forms of life and can often feel like a common presence for us. For this month's collection our editors have selected articles from Communications Biology that describe how life — from the cellular to the population level — reacts and adapts to stressors of different forms and in diverse systems.
National DNA Day on April 25th commemorates the publication of the structure of DNA in 1953 and celebrates the achievements in molecular biology and genetics that have been made since. The Communications Biology editors have created this collection of Articles to highlight recent advances in DNA technologies and methods, genome editing and new insights into DNA damage & repair, and genomics. These articles demonstrate the power of the double helix and the human genome project.
In honor of Earth Day, our editors have chosen a collection of Articles published in Communications Biology that feature the complexity, diversity, and interconnectedness of our Earth's ecosystems. These articles give insight into changes that have occurred over evolutionary time and help explain ecological phenomena we observe today.