Volume 575 Issue 7782


Cold-war lessons for European science p.257

The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago united Europe’s scientists. But continuing fractures in East–West collaboration must be healed.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03451-1


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A genetically tailored education for birds p.290

The ability of birds to learn a song depends not on their genes alone, but also on whether their genetic make-up is well matched to that of their singing teacher. This discovery sheds light on how gene–environment interactions affect learning.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03416-4

One ring to rule them all p.291

Distant DNA regions are juxtaposed and joined to form diverse immune-system genes encoding antibodies and T-cell receptors. It seems that both types of gene form by relying on DNA extrusion through a protein ring called cohesin.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03200-4

Metabolic vulnerability in tumours illuminated p.296

A tracer molecule has been used to analyse tumours in vivo in mice and to group cancers according to their metabolic characteristics. Such information could have implications for determining how different malignancies are treated.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03239-3