Lots of interesting stuff in Nature this week:
- Homing in on the genes for humanity – guess what, they’re not protein-coding.
- Book review: Singularities – Landmarks on the Pathways of Life. “The biologists’ top-down approach is making good progress in simplifying living systems to their basics. However, chemists seem to be having a harder time with their bottom-up approach.”
- A genomic code for nucleosome positioning. “Our results demonstrate that genomes encode an intrinsic nucleosome organization and that this intrinsic organization can explain approx. 50% of the in vivo nucleosome positions.” Ah, so how about the other 50%?
- Archaea predominate among ammonia-oxidizing prokaryotes in soils. “Our results indicate that crenarchaeota may be the most abundant ammonia-oxidizing organisms in soil ecosystems on Earth.” Most biologists still just don’t “get” the Archaea. They’re important, people!
- The methane mystery – exactly how much methane are plants generating?
- Phosphorylation of WAVE1 regulates actin polymerization and dendritic spine morphology – OK, I work on protein kinases, this one is for me.
- Winning ways – how to deal with the pressures of research competition. Not a bad careers article, for once. Still, I repeat my plea for the utterly useless “Prospects” column to be scrapped.
- Correspondence – Wiki and other ways to share learning online. “My wiki’s better than your wiki and I’ll prove it by getting a letter published in Nature“.