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
ResearchA new, greatly improved assembly and annotation of the rhesus macaque genome, MacaM, has been produced; this resource can serve as a reference genome for next-generation sequencing studies.
ReviewAn internally consistent parallel universe of knowledge, “Black Six Biology”, has emerged as a result of a pleiotropic mutation in the popular inbred mouse strain C57BL/6J.
ResearchTranslational selection does exist in human, but acts differentially on human genes, which is more pronounced in housekeeping genes that are expressed ubiquitously and consistently in most or all tissues.
HypothesisSilent mutations associated with autism cause a significant shift from optimal to suboptimal codons.
ResearchLong intergenic non-coding RNA with different stability might be involved in various cellular processes.
HypothesisThe diversity of parasites that control host behavior suggests that this phenomenon could be underestimated in humans: it is hypothesized that microorganisms could contribute to the spreading of some rituals.
ResearchVerified biochemical and bioinformatic predictions confirm that the two aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase classes (I and II) that now translate the genetic code arose on opposite strands of the same ancestral gene.
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