1. Recent evolutionary origin and localized diversity hotspots of mammalian coronaviruses

    This article has 4 authors:
    1. Renan Maestri
    2. Benoît Perez-Lamarque
    3. Anna Zhukova
    4. Hélène Morlon
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      Maestri et al report the absence of phylogenetic evidence supporting codiversification of mammalian coronaviruses and their hosts, leading to the important conclusion that the evolutionary history of the virus and its hosts are decoupled through frequent host switches. The evidence for frequent host switching, derived from state-of-the-art probabilistic modeling of co-evolution, is convincing. The study adds a new perspective to the ongoing debate over the timescale of coronavirus evolution.

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  2. Artificial selection improves pollutant degradation by bacterial communities

    This article has 5 authors:
    1. Flor I. Arias-Sánchez
    2. Björn Vessman
    3. Alice Haym
    4. Géraldine Alberti
    5. Sara Mitri

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  3. The protein domains of vertebrate species in which selection is more effective have greater intrinsic structural disorder

    This article has 6 authors:
    1. Catherine A Weibel
    2. Andrew L Wheeler
    3. Jennifer E James
    4. Sara M Willis
    5. Hanon McShea
    6. Joanna Masel
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      This study develops a useful metric for quantifying codon usage adaptation - the Codon Adaptation Index of Species (CAIS). This metric permits direct comparisons of the strength of selection at the molecular level across species. The study is based on solid evidence, and the authors identify relationships between CAIS and the presence of disordered protein domains. Other correlations, such as the one between CAIS and body size, are weak and non-significant. In summary, the study introduces an interesting new approach to quantifying codon usage across species, which may be helpful in attempts to measure selection at the molecular level.

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  4. Annelid comparative genomics and the evolution of massive lineage-specific genome rearrangement in bilaterians

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    1. Thomas D. Lewin
    2. Isabel Jiah-Yih Liao
    3. Yi-Jyun Luo

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  5. Genomic Signatures of Domestication in a Fungus Obligately Farmed by Leafcutter Ants

    This article has 8 authors:
    1. Caio A. Leal-Dutra
    2. Joel Vizueta
    3. Tobias Baril
    4. Pepijn W. Kooij
    5. Asta Rødsgaard-Jørgensen
    6. Benjamin H. Schantz-Conlon
    7. Daniel Croll
    8. Jonathan Z. Shik

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  6. Environment by environment interactions (ExE) differ across genetic backgrounds (ExExG)

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    1. Kara Schmidlin
    2. C. Brandon Ogbunugafor
    3. Kerry Geiler-Samerotte

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  7. The Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex pangenome is small and driven by sub-lineage-specific regions of difference

    This article has 6 authors:
    1. Mahboobeh Behruznia
    2. Maximillian Marin
    3. Maha Farhat
    4. Jonathan C Thomas
    5. Maria Rosa Domingo-Sananes
    6. Conor J Meehan
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      This useful study investigates the evolution of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex (MTBC) pangenome using state-of-the-art bioinformatic tools to analyse 324 complete and 11 new genomes representing all known lineages and sublineages, yielding data indicating that MTBC has a closed pangenome with relatively few accessory genes. The strength of the evidence is solid for gene presence-absence analysis and inadequate for the deletion bias claim. Their conclusions regarding pangenome evolution being driven by deletions in sublineage-specific regions of difference are difficult to interpret due to the description of methods not being complete and data interpretation not being adequate.

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  8. The genetic architecture of the load linked to dominant and recessive self-incompatibility alleles in Arabidopsis halleri and A. lyrata

    This article has 8 authors:
    1. Audrey Le Veve
    2. Mathieu Genete
    3. Christelle Lepers-Blassiau
    4. Chloé Ponitzki
    5. Céline Poux
    6. Xavier Vekemans
    7. Eleonore Durand
    8. Vincent Castric
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      This study presents valuable empirical work and simulations that are relevant for the evolution of genetic load linked to self-incompatibility alleles in two Arabidopsis species. The evidence supporting the findings is solid, although it remains to be seen how generalizable the conclusions are beyond the specific system investigated here, not least because the statistical significance varied between the two species. The work will be of relevance to geneticists interested in the evolution of allelic diversity in similar systems.

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  9. Estimates of molecular convergence reveal pleiotropic genes underlying adaptive variation across teleost fish

    This article has 4 authors:
    1. Agneesh Barua
    2. Brice Beinsteiner
    3. Vincent Laudet
    4. Marc Robinson-Rechavi

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  10. Biocalcification in porcelaneous foraminifera

    This article has 8 authors:
    1. Zofia Dubicka
    2. Jarosław Tyszka
    3. Agnieszka Pałczyńska
    4. Michelle Höhne
    5. Jelle Bijma
    6. Max Janse
    7. Nienke Klerks
    8. Ulf Bickmeyer
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      This manuscript provides important information on the calcification process, especially the properties and formation of freshly formed tests (the foraminiferan shells), in the miliolid foraminiferan species Pseudolachlanella eburnea. The evidence from the high-quality SEM images is convincing although the fluorescence images only provide indirect support for the calcification process.

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