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2014-05-25 new articles we read this week

Gene regulatory network

  1. Barsi JC, Tu Q, Davidson E. General approach for in vivo recovery of cell type specific effector gene sets. Genome Res. 2014 Mar 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24604781.


  1. Project to Improve Poor Children’s Intellect Led to Better Health, Data Show
  2. Begley CG, Ellis LM. Drug development: Raise standards for preclinical cancer research. Nature. 2012 Mar 28;483(7391):531-3. doi: 10.1038/483531a. PubMed PMID: 22460880.


  1. Portugues R, Feierstein CE, Engert F, Orger MB. Whole-brain activity maps reveal stereotyped, distributed networks for visuomotor behavior. Neuron. 2014 Mar 19;81(6):1328-43. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.01.019. PubMed PMID: 24656252.
  2. Lancaster MA, Renner M, Martin CA, Wenzel D, Bicknell LS, Hurles ME, Homfray T, Penninger JM, Jackson AP, Knoblich JA. Cerebral organoids model human brain development and microcephaly. Nature. 2013 Sep 19;501(7467):373-9. doi: 10.1038/nature12517. Epub 2013 Aug 28. PubMed PMID: 23995685; PubMed Central
    PMCID: PMC3817409.

    • Brüstle O. Developmental neuroscience: Miniature human brains. Nature. 2013
      Sep 19;501(7467):319-20. doi: 10.1038/nature12552. Epub 2013 Aug 28. PubMed PMID: 23995687.

Genome editing

  1. Auer TO, Del Bene F. CRISPR/Cas9 and TALEN-mediated knock-in approaches in zebrafish. Methods. 2014 Apr 1. pii: S1046-2023(14)00129-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2014.03.027. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24704174.
  2. Zhou Y, Zhu S, Cai C, Yuan P, Li C, Huang Y, Wei W. High-throughput screening
    of a CRISPR/Cas9 library for functional genomics in human cells. Nature. 2014 Apr
    9. doi: 10.1038/nature13166. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24717434.
  3. Yin H, Xue W, Chen S, Bogorad RL, Benedetti E, Grompe M, Koteliansky V, Sharp
    PA, Jacks T, Anderson DG. Genome editing with Cas9 in adult mice corrects a disease mutation and phenotype. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Mar 30. doi: 10.1038/nbt.2884. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24681508.

Stem cells

  1. Becker S, Jayaram H, Limb GA. Recent Advances towards the Clinical Application of Stem Cells for Retinal Regeneration. Cells. 2012 Oct 18;1(4):851-73. doi: 10.3390/cells1040851. PubMed PMID: 24710533.
  2. Assawachananont J et al., Transplantation of Embryonic and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived 3D Retinal Sheets into Retinal Degenerative Mice. Stem Cell Reports. 2014; 2: 662-674.

Retinal degeneration

  1. Wasfy MM, Matsui JI, Miller J, Dowling JE, Perkins BD. myosin 7aa(-/-) mutant zebrafish show mild photoreceptor degeneration and reduced electroretinographic responses. Exp Eye Res. 2014 Apr 1. pii: S0014-4835(14)00083-9. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2014.03.007. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24698764.

Retinal development

  1. Weber IP, Ramos AP, Strzyz PJ, Leung LC, Young S, Norden C. Mitotic Position and Morphology of Committed Precursor Cells in the Zebrafish Retina Adapt to Architectural Changes upon Tissue Maturation. Cell Rep. 2014 Apr 2. pii: S2211-1247(14)00192-2. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.03.014. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24703843.
  2. Almeida AD, Boije H, Chow RW, He J, Tham J, Suzuki SC, Harris WA. Spectrum of Fates: a new approach to the study of the developing zebrafish retina. Development. 2014 Apr 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24718991.
  3. Yoshimatsu T, Williams PR, D’Orazi FD, Suzuki SC, Fadool JM, Allison WT, Raymond PA, Wong RO. Transmission from the dominant input shapes the stereotypic ratio of photoreceptor inputs onto horizontal cells. Nat Commun. 2014 May 15;5:3699. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4699. PubMed PMID: 24832361.


  1. Bianchi E, Doe B, Goulding D, Wright GJ. Juno is the egg Izumo receptor and is essential for mammalian fertilization. Nature. 2014 Apr 24;508(7497):483-7. doi: 10.1038/nature13203. Epub 2014 Apr 16. PubMed PMID: 24739963; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3998876.

Genetics/Synthetic biology

  1. Malyshev DA, Dhami K, Lavergne T, Chen T, Dai N, Foster JM, Corrêa IR Jr, Romesberg FE. A semi-synthetic organism with an expanded genetic alphabet. Nature. 2014 May 15;509(7500):385-8. doi: 10.1038/nature13314. Epub 2014 May 7. PubMed PMID: 24805238.
    • Commentary: Thyer R, Ellefson J. Synthetic biology: New letters for life’s alphabet. Nature. 2014 May 15;509(7500):291-2. doi: 10.1038/nature13335. Epub 2014 May 7. PubMed PMID: 24805244.