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    Development of functional nanostructures can enable a range of applications in imaging and nanoscale science. Here, the authors fabricate and characterize complex heterogeneous nanorods with diverse, tunable sub-wavelength structures.

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    Designing human-interactive displays enabling the simultaneous sensing, visualization, and memorization of a magnetic field remains a challenge. Here, the authors present a skin-patchable magneto-interactive electroluminescent display by employing a magnetic field-dependent conductive gate, thereby enabling 3D motion tracking.

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    Gaining control over crystallization processes is challenging. Herein, the authors describe a protocol for the controlled growth of DNA nanotubes by feedback regulation: the coupling of a reversible bimolecular monomer buffering reaction delivers the optimal monomer concentration and leads to reliable crystal growth in a simple manner.

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    Antarctic krill are known to be important to the carbon cycle, but the exact contribution is not known. Here the authors show that krill moulting is a major vector of carbon export in the Southern Ocean, together with krill faecal pellets accounting for almost 90% of annual particulate organic carbon flux.

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    Zooplankton biomass in the dark ocean is thought to be low and weakly coupled to epipelagic primary production, but recent evidence suggests otherwise. Here the authors analyse data from the Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition and published data to estimate bathypelagic zooplankton biomass and assess its relationship to primary production, currently not well accounted for in oceanic C budget.

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    China has enacted Electric Heating Policy to substitute electricity for in-home combustion for rural residential heating. Here the authors show that this shift would greatly increase national carbon emissions by 101.69–162.89 megatons in 2015 while impeding China’s carbon mitigation process in the future.

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    The mecA gene confers resistance to many β-lactam antibiotics in community-associated MRSA bacteria. Here, Snitser et al. show that mecA also provides broad selective advantage across diverse chemical environments in the presence of subinhibitory β-lactam concentrations, by protecting the bacteria against increased cell-envelope permeability.

    • Olga Snitser
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    Senescence is a state of stable proliferative arrest. Here, the authors perform Hi-C analysis on oncogenic RAS-induced senescence in human fibroblasts and characterize the changes in the 3D genome folding associated with the senescence-specific gene expression profile, which are mediated in part through cohesin redistribution on chromatin.

    • Ioana Olan
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    The authors have previously reported split-GFP-based contact site sensors (SPLICS) to document endoplasmic reticulum/mitochondria contact sites. Here they extend this work and develop a range of improved SPLICS sensors to detect single and multiple organelle contact sites at different distances.

    • Francesca Vallese
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    Invasive early stage lung adenocarcinoma has a heterogeneous prognosis. Here, the authors microdissect malignant pulmonary nodules to invasive and preinvasive components and study the mutations that are common or private between the lesions, allowing them to understand the evolutionary path of the tumours.

    • Siwei Wang
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    Removal of integrated HIV DNA remains a roadblock for HIV cure. Here, Mancuso et al. show that intravenous administration of an adeno-associated virus-based CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing construct to SIV-infected macaques results in excision of integrated proviral DNA from infected blood cells and tissues known to be viral reservoirs.

    • Pietro Mancuso
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    Environmental and dietary factors are known to play a role in the development of coronary heart disease. Here the authors apply a genomic-inspired methodology to Nurses’ Health Study data to explore comprehensively and agnostically the association of 257 nutrients and 117 foods with coronary heart disease risk.

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    Extreme heat adversely affects human health, productivity, and well-being, with more frequent and intense heatwaves projected to increase exposures. However, current risk projections oversimplify critical inter-individual factors of human thermoregulation, resulting in unreliable and unrealistic estimates of future adverse health outcomes.

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    Electrochemical carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction has the potential to sustainably produce carbon-based fuels and chemicals while mitigating the increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. In this comment, the author discusses a few basic concepts in the fundamental mechanistic studies of electrochemical CO2 reduction.

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    Over the past 15 years, genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have generated a wealth of new information. Larger samples sizes, refined phenotypes and higher-resolution genome-screens will continue to drive gene discovery in years ahead. Meanwhile, GWAS loci are increasingly translated into new biology and opportunities for clinical care.

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    Dr. Yi Liu is the facility director at the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Trained as a supramolecular chemist and after a postdoctoral stay and working on click chemistry in Sharpless’s group he started his independent research career working on organic electronics, porous materials, and covalent organic frameworks (COFs). His aim is to develop nanostructured electronic materials through the design, synthesis and manipulation of tailor-made molecular constituents.

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    Prof. Donglin Jiang is a full professor at the National University of Singapore and is recognized as a pioneer in the field of 2D polymers and covalent organic frameworks (COFs). With a background in chemistry and studies on dendrimers for ten years, the beauty of dendrimers inspired him to consider the possibility of constructing other types of polymers with well-defined shapes and structures. After taking up an associate professorship in 2005 to set up an independent laboratory at the Institute for Molecular Science at the National Institute for Natural Science, he started to dedicate his work on the design, synthesis and functional exploration of 2D polymers, COFs and conjugated microporous polymers.


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