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    Miswiring the brain – open questions on autism

    Martin Raff

    Some of the most important recent advances in biology have been in the biological basis of neuropsychiatric disease. In his Open questions Comment, Martin Raff outlines some of the revelations and many remaining mysteries in autism – the best-understood to date.

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    Making sense of semiochemicals

    Gabriela Sánchez-Andrade, Darren Logan

    Commenting on recent research in BMC Biology, Gabriela Sánchez-Andrade and Darren Logan explain how engineering gene expression in the vomeronasal organ of mice is providing insights into how socio-sexual behavior can be governed through the nose.

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    The shifting shape of mitochondria

    Miranda Robertson

    Miranda Robertson outlines in a short editorial the changing perception of the structure and function of mitochondria that inspired BMC Biology and three sister journals to launch a series on these remarkable organelles, exploring new trends and revisiting mysteries.

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    Mitochondrial network dynamics

    Laura Lackner

    Mitochondria in eukaryotic cells form a constantly fusing and breaking network whose dynamics reflect and affect the physiological and metabolic state of the cell. In her contribution to our article series on mitochondria, Laura Lackner reviews what we know of the regulation and mechanisms of mitochondrial network dynamics


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