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For some, Blue Monday is green under UV light

After featuring a model organism yesterday, today’s Open Access File of the Day depicts another one: mice. The photo – taken under illumination with ultraviolet light – shows two transgenic mice (on the left and right) expressing enhanced Green Fluorescent Protein, whereas … Continue reading

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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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Deconstructing pyrophilous beetles

On December 14, we got a glimpse of the Northwest Crown Fire Modeling Experiment, one of the most detailed studies of forest fires. Today, we return to the subject of forest fires: pyrophilous insect species like the beetle Melanophila acuminata lay their eggs … 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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A beautiful mountain with wings

Today’s Open Access File of the Day takes us to a mountainous area in northwestern Yunnan, China, which is the habitat of some of chaos theory’s most famous mascots – butterflies, specifically of the species Phengaris atroguttata and Phengaris xiushani. The latter was recently described, and the … 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 dino on the move

Yesterday, I came across a post by Stuart Shieber, in which he highlighted a quote and linked to a blog post about an interview that Richard Poynder had done with Jan Velterop, in which the latter had said the following: … 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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