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Mitochondria: a cross-journal series
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    Giant viruses

    Aris Katzourakis, Amr Aswad

    Evolutionary biologists have been intrigued by recent discoveries of giant viruses together with associated virophage and their relics in host genomes.

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    Leapfrogging to form the nervous system of the gut

    Qiling Xu, Tiffany Heanue, Vassilis Pachnis

    Pachnis and colleagues discuss the challenges of forming the enteric nervous system and how, as shown by recent research published in BMC Biology, dorsally migrating neural crest cells jostle to lead the way in  achieving this.

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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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    Published: 29 May 2014
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