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2016-02-01 new articles we read this week

Molecular Biology

  1. Weingarten-Gabbay S, Elias-Kirma S, Nir R, Gritsenko AA, Stern-Ginossar N, Yakhini Z, Weinberger A, Segal E. Comparative genetics. Systematic discovery of cap-independent translation sequences in human and viral genomes. Science. 2016 Jan 15;351(6270). pii: aad4939. doi: 10.1126/science.aad4939. Epub 2016 Jan 14. PubMed PMID: 26816383.
  2. Bernecky C, Herzog F, Baumeister W, Plitzko JM, Cramer P. Structure of transcribing mammalian RNA polymerase II. Nature. 2016 Jan 20. doi: 10.1038/nature16482. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26789250.

Systems Biology

  1. Bartocci E, Lió P. Computational Modeling, Formal Analysis, and Tools for Systems Biology. PLoS Comput Biol. 2016 Jan 21;12(1):e1004591. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004591. eCollection 2016 Jan. Review. PubMed PMID: 26795950.


  1. Oliveira RF, Simões JM, Teles MC, Oliveira CR, Becker JD, Lopes JS. Assessment of fight outcome is needed to activate socially driven transcriptional changes in the zebrafish brain. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jan 19. pii: 201514292. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26787876.
  2. Randlett O, Wee CL, Naumann EA, Nnaemeka O, Schoppik D, Fitzgerald JE, Portugues R, Lacoste AM, Riegler C, Engert F, Schier AF. Whole-brain activity mapping onto a zebrafish brain atlas. Nat Methods. 2015 Nov;12(11):1039-1046. Epub 2015 Sep 14. PubMed PMID: 26778924; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4710481.
  3. Liu Z, Li X, Zhang JT, Cai YJ, Cheng TL, Cheng C, Wang Y, Zhang CC, Nie YH, Chen ZF, Bian WJ, Zhang L, Xiao J, Lu B, Zhang YF, Zhang XD, Sang X, Wu JJ, Xu X, Xiong ZQ, Zhang F, Yu X, Gong N, Zhou WH, Sun Q, Qiu Z. Autism-like behaviours and germline transmission in transgenic monkeys overexpressing MeCP2. Nature. 2016 Jan 25. doi: 10.1038/nature16533. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26808898.
  4. Dunn TW, Gebhardt C, Naumann EA, Riegler C, Ahrens MB, Engert F, Del Bene F. Neural Circuits Underlying Visually Evoked Escapes in Larval Zebrafish. Neuron. 2016 Jan 19. pii: S0896-6273(15)01123-X. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.12.021. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26804997.

Genome editing

  1. Where genome editing is needed. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 27;48(2):103. doi: 10.1038/ng.3505. PubMed PMID: 26813758.
  2. Huang S, Weigel D, Beachy RN, Li J. A proposed regulatory framework for genome-edited crops. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 27;48(2):109-11. doi: 10.1038/ng.3484. PubMed PMID: 26813761.
  3. Kleinstiver BP, Pattanayak V, Prew MS, Tsai SQ, Nguyen NT, Zheng Z, Joung JK. High-fidelity CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases with no detectable genome-wide off-target effects. Nature. 2016 Jan 6. doi: 10.1038/nature16526. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26735016.
  4.  Slaymaker IM, Gao L, Zetsche B, Scott DA, Yan WX, Zhang F. Rationally engineered Cas9 nucleases with improved specificity. Science. 2016 Jan 1;351(6268):84-8. doi: 10.1126/science.aad5227. Epub 2015 Dec 1. PubMed PMID: 26628643; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4714946.
  5. Urnov F. Genome editing: The domestication of Cas9. Nature. 2016 Jan 28;529(7587):468-9. doi: 10.1038/529468a. PubMed PMID: 26819037.

Eye diseases

  1. Fritsche LG, et al., A large genome-wide association study of age-related macular degeneration highlights contributions of rare and common variants. Nat Genet. 2015 Dec 21. doi: 10.1038/ng.3448. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26691988.
  2. Saksens NT, Krebs MP, Schoenmaker-Koller FE, Hicks W, Yu M, Shi L, Rowe L, Collin GB, Charette JR, Letteboer SJ, Neveling K, van Moorsel TW, Abu-Ltaif S, De Baere E, Walraedt S, Banfi S, Simonelli F, Cremers FP, Boon CJ, Roepman R, Leroy BP, Peachey NS, Hoyng CB, Nishina PM, den Hollander AI. Mutations in CTNNA1 cause butterfly-shaped pigment dystrophy and perturbed retinal pigment epithelium integrity. Nat Genet. 2015 Dec 21. doi: 10.1038/ng.3474. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26691986.
  3. Bailey JN, et al., Genome-wide association analysis identifies TXNRD2, ATXN2 and FOXC1 as susceptibility loci for primary open-angle glaucoma. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 11. doi: 10.1038/ng.3482. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26752265.


  1. Rajagopal J, Stanger BZ. Plasticity in the Adult: How Should the Waddington Diagram Be Applied to Regenerating Tissues? Dev Cell. 2016 Jan 25;36(2):133-137. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2015.12.021. Review. PubMed PMID: 26812013.
  2. Stegmaier J, Amat F, Lemon WC, McDole K, Wan Y, Teodoro G, Mikut R, Keller PJ. Real-Time Three-Dimensional Cell Segmentation in Large-Scale Microscopy Data of Developing Embryos. Dev Cell. 2016 Jan 25;36(2):225-240. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2015.12.028. PubMed PMID: 26812020.
  3. Yamauchi Y, Riel JM, Ruthig VA, Ortega EA, Mitchell MJ, Ward MA. Two genes substitute for the mouse Y chromosome for spermatogenesis and reproduction. Science. 2016 Jan 29;351(6272):514-6. doi: 10.1126/science.aad1795. PubMed PMID: 26823431.
  4. Quan XJ, Yuan L, Tiberi L, Claeys A, De Geest N, Yan J, van der Kant R, Xie WR, Klisch TJ, Shymkowitz J, Rousseau F, Bollen M, Beullens M, Zoghbi HY, Vanderhaeghen P, Hassan BA. Post-translational Control of the Temporal Dynamics of Transcription Factor Activity Regulates Neurogenesis. Cell. 2016 Jan 28;164(3):460-75. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.12.048. PubMed PMID: 26824657.


  1. Kaufman CK, Mosimann C, Fan ZP, Yang S, Thomas AJ, Ablain J, Tan JL, Fogley RD, van Rooijen E, Hagedorn EJ, Ciarlo C, White RM, Matos DA, Puller AC, Santoriello C, Liao EC, Young RA, Zon LI. A zebrafish melanoma model reveals emergence of neural crest identity during melanoma initiation. Science. 2016 Jan 29;351(6272):aad2197. doi: 10.1126/science.aad2197. Epub 2016 Jan 28. PubMed PMID: 26823433.