Table of Contents: August 2008


The bird in the mirror.

Image Credit: Illustration by Oliver Wrobel
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The bird in the mirror. This magpie has been given a red mark that the bird cannot see directly but is visible in the mirror. An increase in actions toward the part of the body with the mark, and other self-directed behaviors, indicate self-recognition. The magpie is shown using its beak in a self-directed but not mark-related action (see Prior et al., e202).



Is Sleep Essential?

Chiara Cirelli, Giulio Tononi

Unsolved Mystery

Where Does Bluetongue Virus Sleep in the Winter?

Anthony Wilson, Karin Darpel, Philip Scott Mellor

Book Review/Science in the Media


The Thief in the Mirror

Frans B. M de Waal

Whisker-Mediated Texture Discrimination

Mathew E Diamond, Moritz von Heimendahl, Ehsan Arabzadeh

Retinoblastoma Makes Its Mark on Imprinting in Plants

Liliana M Costa, José F Gutierrez-Marcos

Community Page

Research Articles

Stimulus Coding Rules for Perceptual Learning

Jun-Yun Zhang, Shu-Guang Kuai, Lu-Qi Xiao, Stanley A Klein, Dennis M Levi, Cong Yu

Texture Coding in the Rat Whisker System: Slip-Stick Versus Differential Resonance

Jason Wolfe, Dan N Hill, Sohrab Pahlavan, Patrick J Drew, David Kleinfeld, Daniel E Feldman

Retinoblastoma and Its Binding Partner MSI1 Control Imprinting in Arabidopsis

Pauline E Jullien, Assaf Mosquna, Mathieu Ingouff, Tadashi Sakata, Nir Ohad, Frédéric Berger

Direct Estimation of the Mitochondrial DNA Mutation Rate in Drosophila melanogaster

Cathy Haag-Liautard, Nicole Coffey, David Houle, Michael Lynch, Brian Charlesworth, Peter D Keightley

A Novel Molecular Solution for Ultraviolet Light Detection in Caenorhabditis elegans

Stacey L Edwards, Nicole K Charlie, Marie C Milfort, Brandon S Brown, Christen N Gravlin, Jamie E Knecht, Kenneth G Miller

OSM-11 Facilitates LIN-12 Notch Signaling during Caenorhabditis elegans Vulval Development

Hidetoshi Komatsu, Michael Y Chao, Jonah Larkins-Ford, Mark E Corkins, Gerard A Somers, Tim Tucey, Heather M Dionne, Jamie Q White, Khursheed Wani, Mike Boxem, Anne C Hart

TSCOT + Thymic Epithelial Cell-Mediated Sensitive CD4 Tolerance by Direct Presentation

Sejin Ahn, Gwanghee Lee, Soo Jung Yang, Deokjae Lee, Seunghyuk Lee, Hyo Sun Shin, Min Cheol Kim, Kee Nyung Lee, Douglas C Palmer, Marc R Theoret, Eric J Jenkinson, Graham Anderson, Nicholas P Restifo, Moon Gyo Kim

Dual Role of Topoisomerase II in Centromere Resolution and Aurora B Activity

Paula A Coelho, Joana Queiroz-Machado, Alexandre M Carmo, Sara Moutinho-Pereira, Helder Maiato, Claudio E Sunkel

The NDR/LATS Family Kinase Cbk1 Directly Controls Transcriptional Asymmetry

Emily Mazanka, Jess Alexander, Brian J Yeh, Patrick Charoenpong, Drew M Lowery, Michael Yaffe, Eric L Weiss

Bacterial Inclusion Bodies Contain Amyloid-Like Structure

Lei Wang, Samir K Maji, Michael R Sawaya, David Eisenberg, Roland Riek

An Enzymatic Atavist Revealed in Dual Pathways for Water Activation

Donghong Min, Helen R Josephine, Hongzhi Li, Clemens Lakner, Iain S MacPherson, Gavin J. P Naylor, David Swofford, Lizbeth Hedstrom, Wei Yang


Correction: Human and Drosophila Cryptochromes Are Light Activated by Flavin Photoreduction in Living Cells

Nathalie Hoang, Erik Schleicher, Sylwia Kacprzak, Jean-Pierre Bouly, Marie Picot, William Wu, Alex Berndt, Eva Wolf, Robert Bittl, Margaret Ahmad