here's the list
About horizontal gene transfer in the Rotifers and how this may explain their Asexual behavior.
- From the Cover: Repeated horizontal transfer of a DNA transposon in mammals and other tetrapods.
- J. K. Pace II, C. Gilbert, M. S. Clark, and C. Feschotte (2008)
PNAS 105, 17023-17028
Nature 456, 841 (18 December 2008) | doi:10.1038/456841a; Published online 17 December 2008
Genetics: Many but rare
Article about schizophrenia; genetic causes and mutations that lead to schizophrenia in childhood onset and young adult onset schizophrenia. Really interesting read.
Nature 456, 840 (18 December 2008) | doi:10.1038/456840d; Published online 17 December 2008
Zoology: Queen Bee
About epigenetic factors that contribute to the genetically identical bees differentiating into queen bees or workers from feeding on "royal jelly", by way of using RNAi to interfere with specific proteins during development.
Nature 456, 840 (18 December 2008) | doi:10.1038/456840c; Published online 17 December 2008
Neuroscience: Glia on fireAbout specific types of Glial cells that fire neurotrans. signals, Glial cells were long thought to not have a direct role in neuro signals, so this is something new and exciting.
Nature 456, 840 (18 December 2008) | doi:10.1038/456840b; Published online 17 December 2008
Biophysics: Mob rule
And I am not even done reading past the highlights. Check the papers out and I would like to encourage everyone to listen to the Nature podcast and read Nature every Wednesday for free if you attend University or are a faculty member.