Biology Direct serves the life science research community as an open access, peer-reviewed online journal, providing authors and readers with an alternative to the traditional model of peer review. Biology Direct considers original research articles, hypotheses, comments, discovery notes and reviews in subject areas currently identified as those most conducive to the open review approach, primarily those with a significant non-experimental component.
- Eugene Koonin, NCBI, NLM, NIH
- Laura Landweber, Princeton University
- David Lipman, NCBI, NLM, NIH
HypothesisWhen host mortality increases due to old age or disease, symbiotic organisms of the microbiome may shift towards short-term transmission, causing increasing virulence and exacerbating the condition of the host.
ResearchA new ensemble coevolution system integrating 27 sequence-based methods, for the first time, outperforms individual methods in the detection of HIV intra- and inter-protein coevolution.
ResearchProteomic characteristics of moonlighting proteins are identified and a computational framework was developed for finding moonlighting proteins on a genome scale.
CommentA literature review suggests several ways in which Argonaute proteins might interact with DNA or DNA fragments in mammalian and other eukaryotic systems.
CommentAlthough microbes are a vital component of the human body, they hardly can be biased towards propagation of religious rituals in contemporary society.
ReviewAt the molecular level it is clear that cooperation is essential in evolution: hundreds of gene products must work together to produce the many molecules necessary for a functioning cell.
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