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  1. Autophagy: Starvation Relieves Transcriptional Repression of ATG Genes

    Current Biology 25(6):R238 (2015) PMID 25784045

    Autophagy is a highly regulated process about which relatively little is known, particularly concerning the transcriptional control of autophagy regulation. A new study identifies a key regulator of the expression of autophagy-related genes, thereby providing insights into the signalli...
  2. Can we avert marine mass extinctions?

    Current Biology 25(6):R209 (2015)

    The global spread of our species has led to a massive loss of terrestrial species, which dramatically changed the size distribution of land-based fauna and disrupted its ecological function. The less readily accessible ocean biotopes have so far been spared this fate, but lessons from ...
  3. Space in the brain

    Current Biology 25(6) (2015)

  4. Bacterial Actin and Tubulin Homologs in Cell Growth and Division

    Current Biology 25(6):R243 (2015)

    In contrast to the elaborate cytoskeletal machines harbored by eukaryotic cells, such as mitotic spindles, cytoskeletal structures detectable by typical negative stain electron microscopy are generally absent from bacterial cells. As a result, for decades it was thought that bacteria l...
  5. Coupled computations of three-dimensional shape and material

    Current Biology 25(6) (2015) PMID 25784037

    Retinal image structure arises from the interaction between a surface's three-dimensional shape, its reflectance and transmittance properties, and the surrounding light field. Any local image structure can be generated by an infinite number of different combinations of surface properties, which ...
  6. Uninflatable and Notch Control the Targeting of Sara Endosomes during Asymmetric Division

    Current Biology 25(6):817 (2015)

  7. Insect Navigation: Do Honeybees Learn to Follow Highways?

    Current Biology 25(6):R240 (2015) PMID 25784046

    Radar studies of a honeybee’s flights when it first leaves its nest suggest the features of the surrounding landscape that it learns guide future foraging trips.
  8. Rob Dunn

    Current Biology 25(6) (2015)

    Q&A with Rob Dunn, evolutionary biologist, ecologist and writer.
  9. Cyclin B3 Is a Mitotic Cyclin that Promotes the Metaphase-Anaphase Transition

    Current Biology 25(6):811 (2015) PMID 25754637

    The timing mechanism for mitotic progression is still poorly understood. The spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC), whose reversal upon chromosome alignment is thought to time anaphase [1–3], is functional during the rapid mitotic cycles of the Drosophila embryo; but its genetic inactivati...
  10. Genomic expansion of domain Archaea highlights roles for organisms from new phyla in anaerobic carbon cycling

    Current Biology 25(6) (2014) PMID 25702576

    Background Archaea comprise a significant fraction of Earth’s biodiversity, yet they remain much less well understood than Bacteria. Gene surveys, a few metagenomic studies and some single cell sequencing project have revealed numerous little studied archaeal phyla. Certain l...
  11. Merging of Long-Term Memories in an Insect

    Current Biology 25(6) (2014) PMID 25728692

    Research on comparative cognition has largely focussed on successes and failures of animals to solve certain cognitive tasks, but in humans, memory errors can be more complex than simple failures to retrieve information [1, 2]. The existence of various types of “false memories“, where ...
  12. High juvenile mortality is associated with sex-specific adult survival and lifespan in wild roe deer

    Current Biology 25(6) (2014) PMID 25683801

    Male mammals typically have shorter lifespans than females [1]. Sex differences in survival may result, in part, from sex-specific optima in investment in reproduction, with higher male mortality rates from sexual competition selecting for a “live-fast die-young” strategy in this sex [...
  13. Opportunities and costs for preventing single-site vertebrate extinctions

    Current Biology 25(6) (2014) PMID 25784036

    Despite an increase in policy and management responses to the global biodiversity crisis, implementation of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets still shows insufficient progress [1]. These targets, strategic goals defined by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), ad...
  14. Animal Cognition: Bumble Bees Suffer ‘False Memories’

    Current Biology 25(6) (1995) PMID 25784044

    The existence of ‘false memories’, where individuals remember events that they have never actually experienced is well established in humans. Now a new study reports that insects similarly form illusory memories through merging of memory traces.
  15. Ecological Knowledge, Leadership, and the Evolution of Menopause in Killer Whales

    Current Biology 25(6) (1957) PMID 25754636

    Classic life-history theory predicts that menopause should not occur because there should be no selection for survival after the cessation of reproduction [1]. Yet, human females routinely live 30 years after they have stopped reproducing [2]. Only two other species—killer whales (Orci...