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Molecular Ecology Molecular Ecology Road Map The discipline of molecular ecology has undergone enormous changes since the journal bearing its name was launched approximately two decades ago. The field has seen great strides in analytical methods development, made groundbreaking discoveries and experienced a revolution in genotyping technology. Molecular Ecology has published a road map paper, where we provide brief perspectives on the main subdisciplines of molecular ecology, describe key questions and goals, discuss common challenges, predict future research directions and suggest research priorities for the next 20 years. Read the paper for free here. Molecular Ecology
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A Peer-Reviewed Open-Access Journal The Mechanism of Gene Targeting in Human Somatic Cells One of the most promising tools for gene targeting in humans is recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV). Yinan Kan and colleagues demonstrate that the normally single-stranded rAAV performs gene targeting via double-stranded intermediates, which are mechanistically indistinguishable from standard plasmid-mediated gene targeting. Image credit: Stew Dean Flickr CC-BY A Peer-Reviewed Open-Access Journal

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Microbial methane and the end-Permian extinction A study finds that the catastrophic end-Permian extinction event may have been related to the evolution of a new microbial mechanism to convert organic carbon to methane, an ability catalyzed by an abundance of nickel resulting from Siberian volcanism. Oxytocin might enhance group-serving lying In an experiment where participants could benefit their group by lying, 60 participants who received oxytocin lied to a greater extent and more readily than 60 participants who did not, but when lying benefitted only the individual, those who received oxytocin did not lie any more than those who did not receive oxytocin, suggesting that oxytocin might influence people to act in the best interest of their group, even if the actions include dishonesty, according to a study. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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