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Timeless advice p.381

The best guidance on how to get ahead in science stands the test of time.

doi: 10.1038/523381b


Prepare farms for the future p.381

Scientists must work closely with farmers to ensure that agriculture can stand up to the ravages of climate change.

doi: 10.1038/523381a


It’s good to talk p.382

Help for those struggling to reproduce results could be just a phone call away.

doi: 10.1038/523382a



News Features

Quest for climate-proof farms p.396

Climate change is a major threat to food production, so researchers are working with farmers to make agriculture more resilient.

Quirin Schiermeier

doi: 10.1038/523396a


News & Views

Pathfinder for DNA constructs p.412

Representations of 3D surfaces used in computer graphics have been adopted as templates in an efficient method for making nanoscale objects from DNA, lowering the barriers to applications of DNA nanotechnology. See Letter p.441

Tim Liedl

doi: 10.1038/523412a


CRISPR for Cryptosporidium p.413

Study of the diarrhoea-causing pathogen Cryptosporidium has been hindered by a lack of genetic-modification and culture tools. A description of genome editing and propagation methods for the parasite changes this picture. See Letter p.477

Stephen M. Beverley

doi: 10.1038/nature14636


Feedforward loop for diversity p.414

DNA-sequence analysis suggests that genetic mutations arise at elevated rates in genomes harbouring high levels of heterozygosity — the state in which the two copies of a genetic region contain sequence differences. See Letter p.463

Michael Lynch

doi: 10.1038/nature14634


Machine learning for 3D microscopy p.416

Artificial neural networks have been combined with microscopy to visualize the 3D structure of biological cells. This could lead to solutions for difficult imaging problems, such as the multiple scattering of light.

Laura Waller & Lei Tian

doi: 10.1038/523416a


Natural polarity inverted p.417

The concept of umpolung describes the reversal of the naturally occurring electrostatic polarization of chemical groups. It has now been used to make single mirror-image isomers of nitrogen-containing molecules. See Letter p.445

Fedor Romanov-Michailidis & Tomislav Rovis

doi: 10.1038/523417a



Speed cells in the medial entorhinal cortex p.419

On the basis of neural firing rates a specific class of neuron is identified in the medial entorhinal cortex that linearly encodes information on running speed in a context-independent manner and that is distinct from other functionally specific entorhinal neurons.

Emilio Kropff, James E. Carmichael, May-Britt Moser & Edvard I. Moser

doi: 10.1038/nature14622

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Crystal structures of a polypeptide processing and secretion transporter p.425

Gram-positive bacteria use peptidase-containing ATP-binding cassette transporters (PCATs) to export quorum-sensing and antimicrobial polypeptides; here, the X-ray crystal structures of PCAT1 from Clostridium thermocellum in the absence and presence of ATP are reported.

David Yin-wei Lin, Shuo Huang & Jue Chen

doi: 10.1038/nature14623

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Antibody against early driver of neurodegeneration cis P-tau blocks brain injury and tauopathy p.431

Here the cis form of tau protein, which disrupts axonal microtubules and transport, spreads to other neurons, and leads to apoptosis in vitro and in vivo, is found to be produced by neurons immediately after traumatic brain injury (TBI); treating TBI mice with cis antibody blocks early production of cis tau, prevents tauopathy and spread and restores brain structural and functional outcomes, and may be further developed to treat TBI and to prevent neurodegeneration after injury.

Asami Kondo, Koorosh Shahpasand, Rebekah Mannix, Jianhua Qiu, Juliet Moncaster, Chun-Hau Chen, Yandan Yao, Yu-Min Lin, Jane A. Driver, Yan Sun + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature14658

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Small-scale filament eruptions as the driver of X-ray jets in solar coronal holes p.437

A study of the formation of X-ray jets in solar coronal holes suggests that this process does not follow the popular ‘emerging-flux’ model, but instead results from a minifilament eruption akin to the larger-scale filament eruptions that drive larger solar flares and mass ejections.

Alphonse C. Sterling, Ronald L. Moore, David A. Falconer & Mitzi Adams

doi: 10.1038/nature14556

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DNA rendering of polyhedral meshes at the nanoscale p.441

A general method of folding arbitrary polygonal digital meshes in DNA uses a routeing algorithm based on graph theory and a relaxation simulation that traces scaffold strands through the target structures to produce complex structures with an open conformation that are stable under biological assay conditions.

Erik Benson, Abdulmelik Mohammed, Johan Gardell, Sergej Masich, Eugen Czeizler, Pekka Orponen & Björn Högberg

doi: 10.1038/nature14586

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Catalytic asymmetric umpolung reactions of imines p.445

Imines conventionally act as electrophiles towards carbon nucleophiles in the synthesis of amines, but the range of amines could be much extended if the carbon atom of the imine could be rendered electron-rich to allow it to act as a nucleophile toward a carbon electrophile; such a reaction can be promoted by new phase-transfer catalysts, leading to highly efficient asymmetric reactions of imines with enals.

Yongwei Wu, Lin Hu, Zhe Li & Li Deng

doi: 10.1038/nature14617

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Statistical analysis of iron geochemical data suggests limited late Proterozoic oxygenation p.451

Iron-based proxies are used to track the redox chemistry of ancient oceans, but do not reveal the sharp oxygenation event in the late Proterozoic eon that is expected from previous evaluations of proxy records.

Erik A. Sperling, Charles J. Wolock, Alex S. Morgan, Benjamin C. Gill, Marcus Kunzmann, Galen P. Halverson, Francis A. Macdonald, Andrew H. Knoll & David T. Johnston

doi: 10.1038/nature14589

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The ancestry and affiliations of Kennewick Man OPEN p.455

Kennewick Man, a 8,500-year-old male human skeleton discovered in Washington state, USA, has been the subject of scientific and legal controversy; here a DNA analysis shows that Kennewick Man is closer to modern Native Americans than to any other extant population worldwide.

Morten Rasmussen, Martin Sikora, Anders Albrechtsen, Thorfinn Sand Korneliussen, J. Víctor Moreno-Mayar, G. David Poznik, Christoph P. E. Zollikofer, Marcia S. Ponce de León, Morten E. Allentoft, Ida Moltke + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature14625

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Directional dominance on stature and cognition in diverse human populations p.459

Homozygosity has long been associated with rare, often devastating, Mendelian disorders, and Darwin was one of the first to recognize that inbreeding reduces evolutionary fitness. However, the effect of the more distant parental relatedness that is common in modern human populations is less well understood. Genomic data now allow us to investigate the effects of homozygosity on traits of public health importance by observing contiguous homozygous segments (runs of homozygosity), which are inferred to be homozygous along their complete length. Given the low levels of genome-wide homozygosity prevalent in most human populations, information is required on very large numbers of people to provide sufficient power. Here we use runs of homozygosity to study 16 health-related quantitative traits in 354,224 individuals from 102 cohorts, and find statistically significant associations between summed runs of homozygosity and four complex traits: height, forced expiratory lung volume in one second, general cognitive ability and educational attainment (P < 1 × 10−300, 2.1 × 10−6, 2.5 × 10−10 and 1.8 × 10−10, respectively). In each case, increased homozygosity was associated with decreased trait value, equivalent to the offspring of first cousins being 1.2 cm shorter and having 10 months’ less education. Similar effect sizes were found across four continental groups and populations with different degrees of genome-wide homozygosity, providing evidence that homozygosity, rather than confounding, directly contributes to phenotypic variance. Contrary to earlier reports in substantially smaller samples, no evidence was seen of an influence of genome-wide homozygosity on blood pressure and low density lipoprotein cholesterol, or ten other cardio-metabolic traits. Since directional dominance is predicted for traits under directional evolutionary selection, this study provides evidence that increased stature and cognitive function have been positively selected in human evolution, whereas many important risk factors for late-onset complex diseases may not have been.

Peter K. Joshi, Tonu Esko, Hannele Mattsson, Niina Eklund, Ilaria Gandin, Teresa Nutile, Anne U. Jackson, Claudia Schurmann, Albert V. Smith, Weihua Zhang + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature14618

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Parent–progeny sequencing indicates higher mutation rates in heterozygotes p.463

Mutation rates vary within genomes; here, by calling mutation events directly using a parent–offspring sequencing strategy in Arabidopsis, replicated in the rice and honey bee genomes, mutation rates are found to be higher in heterozygotes and in proximity to crossover events.

Sihai Yang, Long Wang, Ju Huang, Xiaohui Zhang, Yang Yuan, Jian-Qun Chen, Laurence D. Hurst & Dacheng Tian

doi: 10.1038/nature14649

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Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids enhance embryonic haematopoiesis and adult marrow engraftment p.468

An in vivo imaging-based competitive transplant screen in zebrafish identifies epoxyeicosatrienoic acids as enhancers of haematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC) engraftment; these derivatives of arachidonic acid also promote zebrafish developmental HSPC specification through a PI(3)K-dependent AP-1 and runx1 transcriptional program and their pro-engraftment effect is conserved in mammals (indicating clinical potential).

Pulin Li, Jamie L. Lahvic, Vera Binder, Emily K. Pugach, Elizabeth B. Riley, Owen J. Tamplin, Dipak Panigrahy, Teresa V. Bowman, Francesca G. Barrett, Garrett C. Heffner + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature14569

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Redox rhythm reinforces the circadian clock to gate immune response p.472

The master immune regulator NPR1 of Arabidopsis is a sensor of the plant’s redox state and regulates transcription of core circadian clock genes even in the absence of pathogen challenge.

Mian Zhou, Wei Wang, Sargis Karapetyan, Musoki Mwimba, Jorge Marqués, Nicolas E. Buchler & Xinnian Dong

doi: 10.1038/nature14449

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Genetic modification of the diarrhoeal pathogen Cryptosporidium parvum p.477

Cryptosporidium is an important cause of diarrhoeal disease in young children but until now it has been difficult to study; here, the parasite is genetically modified, paving the way for in-depth investigation and the development of effective treatments.

Sumiti Vinayak, Mattie C. Pawlowic, Adam Sateriale, Carrie F. Brooks, Caleb J. Studstill, Yael Bar-Peled, Michael J. Cipriano & Boris Striepen

doi: 10.1038/nature14651

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Engineered CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases with altered PAM specificities p.481

CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases are widely used for genome editing, but the range of sequences that Cas9 can recognize is constrained by the need for a specific protospacer adjacent motif (PAM); here the commonly used Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpCas9) is modified to recognize alternative PAM sequences, enabling robust editing of endogenous gene sites in zebrafish and human cells not currently targetable by wild-type SpCas9.

Benjamin P. Kleinstiver, Michelle S. Prew, Shengdar Q. Tsai, Ved V. Topkar, Nhu T. Nguyen, Zongli Zheng, Andrew P. W. Gonzales, Zhuyun Li, Randall T. Peterson, Jing-Ruey Joanna Yeh + et al.

doi: 10.1038/nature14592

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Single-cell chromatin accessibility reveals principles of regulatory variation p.486

A single-cell method for probing genome-wide chromatin accessibility has been developed; the results provide insight into the relationship between cell-to-cell variation associated with specific trans-factors and cis-elements, as well insights into the relationship between chromatin accessibility and three-dimensional genome organization.

Jason D. Buenrostro, Beijing Wu, Ulrike M. Litzenburger, Dave Ruff, Michael L. Gonzales, Michael P. Snyder, Howard Y. Chang & William J. Greenleaf

doi: 10.1038/nature14590

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