Posts tagged ‘animal behaviour’

Molecular Biology

  1. Weingarten-Gabbay S, Elias-Kirma S, Nir R, Gritsenko AA, Stern-Ginossar N, Yakhini Z, Weinberger A, Segal E. Comparative genetics. Systematic discovery of cap-independent translation sequences in human and viral genomes. Science. 2016 Jan 15;351(6270). pii: aad4939. doi: 10.1126/science.aad4939. Epub 2016 Jan 14. PubMed PMID: 26816383.
  2. Bernecky C, Herzog F, Baumeister W, Plitzko JM, Cramer P. Structure of transcribing mammalian RNA polymerase II. Nature. 2016 Jan 20. doi: 10.1038/nature16482. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26789250.

Systems Biology

  1. Bartocci E, Lió P. Computational Modeling, Formal Analysis, and Tools for Systems Biology. PLoS Comput Biol. 2016 Jan 21;12(1):e1004591. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004591. eCollection 2016 Jan. Review. PubMed PMID: 26795950.


  1. Oliveira RF, Simões JM, Teles MC, Oliveira CR, Becker JD, Lopes JS. Assessment of fight outcome is needed to activate socially driven transcriptional changes in the zebrafish brain. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Jan 19. pii: 201514292. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26787876.
  2. Randlett O, Wee CL, Naumann EA, Nnaemeka O, Schoppik D, Fitzgerald JE, Portugues R, Lacoste AM, Riegler C, Engert F, Schier AF. Whole-brain activity mapping onto a zebrafish brain atlas. Nat Methods. 2015 Nov;12(11):1039-1046. Epub 2015 Sep 14. PubMed PMID: 26778924; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4710481.
  3. Liu Z, Li X, Zhang JT, Cai YJ, Cheng TL, Cheng C, Wang Y, Zhang CC, Nie YH, Chen ZF, Bian WJ, Zhang L, Xiao J, Lu B, Zhang YF, Zhang XD, Sang X, Wu JJ, Xu X, Xiong ZQ, Zhang F, Yu X, Gong N, Zhou WH, Sun Q, Qiu Z. Autism-like behaviours and germline transmission in transgenic monkeys overexpressing MeCP2. Nature. 2016 Jan 25. doi: 10.1038/nature16533. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26808898.
  4. Dunn TW, Gebhardt C, Naumann EA, Riegler C, Ahrens MB, Engert F, Del Bene F. Neural Circuits Underlying Visually Evoked Escapes in Larval Zebrafish. Neuron. 2016 Jan 19. pii: S0896-6273(15)01123-X. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.12.021. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26804997.

Genome editing

  1. Where genome editing is needed. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 27;48(2):103. doi: 10.1038/ng.3505. PubMed PMID: 26813758.
  2. Huang S, Weigel D, Beachy RN, Li J. A proposed regulatory framework for genome-edited crops. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 27;48(2):109-11. doi: 10.1038/ng.3484. PubMed PMID: 26813761.
  3. Kleinstiver BP, Pattanayak V, Prew MS, Tsai SQ, Nguyen NT, Zheng Z, Joung JK. High-fidelity CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases with no detectable genome-wide off-target effects. Nature. 2016 Jan 6. doi: 10.1038/nature16526. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26735016.
  4.  Slaymaker IM, Gao L, Zetsche B, Scott DA, Yan WX, Zhang F. Rationally engineered Cas9 nucleases with improved specificity. Science. 2016 Jan 1;351(6268):84-8. doi: 10.1126/science.aad5227. Epub 2015 Dec 1. PubMed PMID: 26628643; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4714946.
  5. Urnov F. Genome editing: The domestication of Cas9. Nature. 2016 Jan 28;529(7587):468-9. doi: 10.1038/529468a. PubMed PMID: 26819037.

Eye diseases

  1. Fritsche LG, et al., A large genome-wide association study of age-related macular degeneration highlights contributions of rare and common variants. Nat Genet. 2015 Dec 21. doi: 10.1038/ng.3448. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26691988.
  2. Saksens NT, Krebs MP, Schoenmaker-Koller FE, Hicks W, Yu M, Shi L, Rowe L, Collin GB, Charette JR, Letteboer SJ, Neveling K, van Moorsel TW, Abu-Ltaif S, De Baere E, Walraedt S, Banfi S, Simonelli F, Cremers FP, Boon CJ, Roepman R, Leroy BP, Peachey NS, Hoyng CB, Nishina PM, den Hollander AI. Mutations in CTNNA1 cause butterfly-shaped pigment dystrophy and perturbed retinal pigment epithelium integrity. Nat Genet. 2015 Dec 21. doi: 10.1038/ng.3474. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26691986.
  3. Bailey JN, et al., Genome-wide association analysis identifies TXNRD2, ATXN2 and FOXC1 as susceptibility loci for primary open-angle glaucoma. Nat Genet. 2016 Jan 11. doi: 10.1038/ng.3482. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26752265.


  1. Rajagopal J, Stanger BZ. Plasticity in the Adult: How Should the Waddington Diagram Be Applied to Regenerating Tissues? Dev Cell. 2016 Jan 25;36(2):133-137. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2015.12.021. Review. PubMed PMID: 26812013.
  2. Stegmaier J, Amat F, Lemon WC, McDole K, Wan Y, Teodoro G, Mikut R, Keller PJ. Real-Time Three-Dimensional Cell Segmentation in Large-Scale Microscopy Data of Developing Embryos. Dev Cell. 2016 Jan 25;36(2):225-240. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2015.12.028. PubMed PMID: 26812020.
  3. Yamauchi Y, Riel JM, Ruthig VA, Ortega EA, Mitchell MJ, Ward MA. Two genes substitute for the mouse Y chromosome for spermatogenesis and reproduction. Science. 2016 Jan 29;351(6272):514-6. doi: 10.1126/science.aad1795. PubMed PMID: 26823431.
  4. Quan XJ, Yuan L, Tiberi L, Claeys A, De Geest N, Yan J, van der Kant R, Xie WR, Klisch TJ, Shymkowitz J, Rousseau F, Bollen M, Beullens M, Zoghbi HY, Vanderhaeghen P, Hassan BA. Post-translational Control of the Temporal Dynamics of Transcription Factor Activity Regulates Neurogenesis. Cell. 2016 Jan 28;164(3):460-75. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.12.048. PubMed PMID: 26824657.


  1. Kaufman CK, Mosimann C, Fan ZP, Yang S, Thomas AJ, Ablain J, Tan JL, Fogley RD, van Rooijen E, Hagedorn EJ, Ciarlo C, White RM, Matos DA, Puller AC, Santoriello C, Liao EC, Young RA, Zon LI. A zebrafish melanoma model reveals emergence of neural crest identity during melanoma initiation. Science. 2016 Jan 29;351(6272):aad2197. doi: 10.1126/science.aad2197. Epub 2016 Jan 28. PubMed PMID: 26823433.

Systems biology

  1. Levo M, Segal E. In pursuit of design principles of regulatory sequences. Nat Rev Genet. 2014 Jul;15(7):453-68. doi: 10.1038/nrg3684. Epub 2014 Jun 10. PubMed PMID: 24913666.
  2. Patel AP, Tirosh I, Trombetta JJ, Shalek AK, Gillespie SM, Wakimoto H, Cahill DP, Nahed BV, Curry WT, Martuza RL, Louis DN, Rozenblatt-Rosen O, Suvà ML, Regev A, Bernstein BE. Single-cell RNA-seq highlights intratumoral heterogeneity in primary glioblastoma. Science. 2014 Jun 20;344(6190):1396-401. doi: 10.1126/science.1254257. Epub 2014 Jun 12. PubMed PMID: 24925914.

Stem cells

  1. Cattaneo E, Corbellini G. Stem cells: taking a stand against pseudoscience. Nature. 2014 Jun 19;509(7505):333-5. PubMed PMID: 24955466.
  2. Bertolotti E, Neri A, Camparini M, Macaluso C, Marigo V. Stem cells as source for retinal pigment epithelium transplantation. Prog Retin Eye Res. 2014 Jun 13. pii: S1350-9462(14)00037-8. doi: 10.1016/j.preteyeres.2014.06.002. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 24933042.
  3. Ye L, Wang J, Beyer AI, Teque F, Cradick TJ, Qi Z, Chang JC, Bao G, Muench MO, Yu J, Levy JA, Kan YW. Seamless modification of wild-type induced pluripotent stem cells to the natural CCR5?32 mutation confers resistance to HIV infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 9. pii: 201407473. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24927590.
  4. Park CY, Kim J, Kweon J, Son JS, Lee JS, Yoo JE, Cho SR, Kim JH, Kim JS, Kim DW. Targeted inversion and reversion of the blood coagulation factor 8 gene in human iPS cells using TALENs. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 24;111(25):9253-8. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1323941111. Epub 2014 Jun 9. PubMed PMID: 24927536.


  1. Rose N. The human brain project: social and ethical challenges. Neuron. 2014 Jun 18;82(6):1212-5. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2014.06.001. PubMed PMID: 24945767.
  2. Cohen MA, Konkle T, Rhee JY, Nakayama K, Alvarez GA. Processing multiple visual objects is limited by overlap in neural channels. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 17;111(24):8955-60. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1317860111. Epub 2014 Jun 2. PubMed PMID: 24889618.
  3. Prevedel R, Yoon YG, Hoffmann M, Pak N, Wetzstein G, Kato S, Schrödel T, Raskar R, Zimmer M, Boyden ES, Vaziri A. Simultaneous whole-animal 3D imaging of neuronal activity using light-field microscopy. Nat Methods. 2014 Jul;11(7):727-30. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2964. Epub 2014 May 18. PubMed PMID: 24836920.


  1. Pérez-Escudero A, Vicente-Page J, Hinz RC, Arganda S, de Polavieja GG. idTracker: tracking individuals in a group by automatic identification of unmarked animals. Nat Methods. 2014 Jul;11(7):743-8. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2994. Epub 2014 Jun 1. PubMed PMID: 24880877.


  1. Jung K, Shavitt S, Viswanathan M, Hilbe JM. Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 17;111(24):8782-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1402786111. Epub 2014 Jun 2. PubMed PMID: 24889620.

Retinal Development

  1. Laranjeiro R, Whitmore D. Transcription factors involved in retinogenesis are co-opted by the circadian clock following photoreceptor differentiation. Development. 2014 Jun 12. pii: dev.104380. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24924194.

Eye diseases

  1. Huber-Reggi SP, Mueller KP, Straumann D, Huang MY, Neuhauss SC. Individual Larvae of the Zebrafish Mutant belladonna Display Multiple Infantile Nystagmus-Like Waveforms that Are Influenced by Viewing Conditions. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 May 27;55(6):3971-8. doi: 10.1167/iovs.13-13576. PubMed PMID: 24867578.


  1. Law SH, Sargent TD. The Serine-Threonine Protein Kinase PAK4 Is Dispensable in Zebrafish: Identification of a Morpholino-Generated Pseudophenotype. PLoS One. 2014 Jun 19;9(6):e100268. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100268. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24945275.

Genome editing/medicine

  1. Ye L, Wang J, Beyer AI, Teque F, Cradick TJ, Qi Z, Chang JC, Bao G, Muench MO, Yu J, Levy JA, Kan YW. Seamless modification of wild-type induced pluripotent stem cells to the natural CCR5?32 mutation confers resistance to HIV infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 9. pii: 201407473. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24927590.
  2. Park CY, Kim J, Kweon J, Son JS, Lee JS, Yoo JE, Cho SR, Kim JH, Kim JS, Kim DW. Targeted inversion and reversion of the blood coagulation factor 8 gene in human iPS cells using TALENs. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 24;111(25):9253-8. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1323941111. Epub 2014 Jun 9. PubMed PMID: 24927536.
  3. Kiani S, Beal J, Ebrahimkhani MR, Huh J, Hall RN, Xie Z, Li Y, Weiss R. CRISPR
    transcriptional repression devices and layered circuits in mammalian cells. Nat
    Methods. 2014 Jul;11(7):723-6. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2969. Epub 2014 May 5. PubMed
    PMID: 24797424.
  4. Nissim L, Perli SD, Fridkin A, Perez-Pinera P, Lu TK. Multiplexed and Programmable Regulation of Gene Networks with an Integrated RNA and CRISPR/Cas Toolkit in Human Cells. Mol Cell. 2014 May 22;54(4):698-710. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2014.04.022. Epub 2014 May 15. PubMed PMID: 24837679.

Drug Discovery

  1. Wang YN, Hou YY, Sun MZ, Zhang CY, Bai G, Zhao X, Feng XZ. Behavioural screening of zebrafish using neuroactive traditional Chinese medicine prescriptions and biological targets. Sci Rep. 2014 Jun 16;4:5311. doi: 10.1038/srep05311. PubMed PMID: 24931174; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4058885.

Science Career

  1. Casadevall A, Fang FC. Causes for the persistence of impact factor mania. MBio. 2014 Mar 18;5(2):e00064-14. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00064-14. PubMed PMID: 24643863; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3967521.


  1. Nicolas M, Hassan BA. Amyloid precursor protein and neural development. Development. 2014 Jul;141(13):2543-8. doi: 10.1242/dev.108712. PubMed PMID: 24961795.
  2. Deneris ES, Hobert O. Maintenance of postmitotic neuronal cell identity. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Jul;17(7):899-907. doi: 10.1038/nn.3731. Epub 2014 Jun 15. PubMed PMID: 24929660.


  1. Hughes AJ, Spelke DP, Xu Z, Kang CC, Schaffer DV, Herr AE. Single-cell western blotting. Nat Methods. 2014 Jul;11(7):749-55. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.2992. Epub 2014  Jun 1. PubMed PMID: 24880876.

Just come across this interesting video the other day..


which is an except from this TED talk : Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals

A scientific research paper can start with a viral video on youtube. A while ago a cockatoo called Snowball was shown to dance to music.

Interesting questions were raised by this observation. Did the bird really dance to the music or did it mimic the human action? Dancing is a complex behaviour that requires coordination of auditory and motor responses. It has been predicted that the neural circuity evolved in vocal learning species. Motivated by this video, a group of scientists decide to test this out by observing how Snowball dances, and here is the quick result.

The short answer is Snowball can really dance to the music! The whole study was published in Current Biology.

Now the question is, why do animals and humans can both enjoy music? In other words, what is unique about music that can stimulate the nervous systems of different species the same way? What is the common neuro-architecture that underlies this behavior?


Patel AD, Iversen JR, Bregman MR, Schulz I. Experimental Evidence for Synchronization to a Musical Beat in a Nonhuman Animal. Curr Biol. 2009 Apr 29. [PubMed][Current Biology]