Tag Archives: PLoS Biology

Fast growth may be debilitating

Model organisms are used in many branches of the life sciences in order to render the study of particular structures or mechanism more amenable to experimental manipulation. Zebra finches have helped to address research loads of research questions related to … Continue reading

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Tail kinkiness varies among genetically identical littermates

Axin is a regulator of Wnt signaling, and a mutation in the axin gene can lead to cloned mice differing in the kinkiness of their tail, as shown in today’s Open Access File of the Day.     Fig. 1 of the feature Human Epigenome … Continue reading

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In light of the ongoing debate around the Research Works Act, universal access and the role of publishers in research communication, some images – like the suckling pigs on December 21 or today’s Open Access File of the Day - may take on a special meaning: just imagine … Continue reading

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Did you know that you are a vector too?

Have you ever thought of yourself as a vector? To some life forms, you certainly are. Amongst them is the pepper mild mottle virus that transits your digestive tract before reaching target plants like pepper. In today’s Open Access File of the Day, … Continue reading

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Lice in 50 languages

Lice can be tremendously useful. For instance, the high but not perfect specificity of several different species of lice allows to use information about their phylogeny to infer some information about the phylogenies of their host species. Some of the … Continue reading

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A snapshot of versatility

Wolbachia is one of the favourite model systems in evolutionary biology and theoretical biology, as it has such a wide range of effects on the hosts it resides in. When the first Wolbachia genome was published in 2004, the paper was … Continue reading

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Gough Island – as remote as it gets on the planet

Few places on our planet are as remote as Gough Island in the Southern Atlantic, yet even there, invasive species are not uncommon, as pointed out in a feature article in PLoS Biology, from which today’s Open Access File of … Continue reading

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[[Francis Crick]] expanded on the Sanskrit Wikipedia

On January 14, the entry about Francis Crick on the Sanskrit Wikipedia was expanded, and the article now includes a photo of him in his office. The image was originally published in an obituary and is the first file from … Continue reading

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Critically endangered: Taudactylus eungellensis, the Eungella Torrent Frog

As explained on Saturday, Wikimedia Commons has three files (WebCite) categorized both under IUCN Critically endangered species and Open access (publishing). Following in the footsteps of Camarhynchus heliobates.png and Gyps bengalensis PLoS.png, today’s Open Access File of the Day shall thus be Taudactylus eungellensis.png.   Fig. 1 of the synopsis (presumably by Liza Gross) of … Continue reading

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Critically endangered: the Oriental Whitebacked Vulture (Gyps bengalensis)

As explained yesterday, Wikimedia Commons has three files (WebCite) categorized both under IUCN Critically endangered species and Open access (publishing). Following in the footsteps of Camarhynchus heliobates.png, today’s Open Access File of the Day shall thus be Gyps bengalensis PLoS.png.     Fig. 1 of the synopsis by Liza Gross … Continue reading

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