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Works from 2022

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Comparative Analysis of the Mechanism of Resistance to Silver Nanoparticles and the Biocide 2,2-Dibromo-3-Nitrilopropionamide, Rehab Alhajjar, Kayley M. Roche, and Stephen Techtmann

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Responses to simultaneous anthropogenic and biological stressors were mixed in an experimental saltmarsh ecosystem, Rachael E. Blake and Jill A. Olin

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The river flood pulse, benthic biofilm, and the nutrition of Prochilodus lineatus, Stephen H. Bowen

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Classification of Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) Using Drone-Enabled Multispectral Imagery Analysis, Colin Brooks, Amanda Grimm, Amy Marcarelli, Nicholas Marion, Robert Shuchman, and Michael Sayers

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Pyrolysis-Aided Microbial Biodegradation of High-Density Polyethylene Plastic by Environmental Inocula Enrichment Cultures, Emma Byrne, Laura G. Schaerer, Daniel G. Kulas, Sharath Kumar Ankathi, Lindsay I. Putman, Kierstyn R. Codere, Simeon Schum, David Shonnard, and Stephen Techtmann

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Temporal variation of bacterial community and nutrients in Tibetan glacier snowpack, Yuying Chen, Keshao Liu, Yongqin Liu, Trista J. Vick‐Majors, Feng Wang, and Mukan Ji

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Global Patterns and Controls of Nutrient Immobilization on Decomposing Cellulose in Riverine Ecosystems, David M. Costello, Scott D. Tiegs, Luz Boyero, Cristina Canhoto, Krista A. Capps, Michael Danger, Amy M. Marcarelli, and et. al.

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Associations between large wood and streambed complexity in headwater streams in the western Upper Peninsula, Michigan, Brian M. Danhoff and Casey Huckins

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DREAM Interrupted: Severing LIN-35-MuvB association in Caenorhabditis elegans impairs DREAM function but not its chromatin localization, Paul Goetsch and Susan Strome

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Particle retracking algorithm capable of quantifying large, local matrix deformation for traction force microscopy, Samuel E. Haarman, Sue Y. Kim, Tadamoto Isogai, Kevin M. Dean, and Sangyoon J. Han

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Plant cytoplasmic ribosomal proteins: an update on classification, nomenclature, evolution and resources, Ting Lan, Wei Xiong, Xuemei Chen, Beixin Mo, and Guiliang Tang

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Slow oscillations persist in pancreatic beta cells lacking phosphofructokinase M, Isabella Marinelli, Vishal Parekh, Patrick Fletcher, Benjamin Thompson, Jinhua Ren, Xiaoqing Tang, Thomas L. Saunders, Joon Ha, Arthur Sherman, Richard Bertram, and Leslie S. Satin

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Butterfly eyespots evolved via cooption of an ancestral gene-regulatory network that also patterns antennae, legs, and wings, Suriya Narayanan Murugesan, Heidi Connahs, Yuji Matsuoka, Mainak Das Gupta, Galen J. Tiong, Manizah Huq, Thomas Werner, and et. al.

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Removal of heavy metals from stormwater runoff using granulated drinking water treatment residuals, Viravid Na Nagara, Dibyendu Sarkar, Evert J. Elzinga, and Rupali Datta

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Understanding the Modus Operandi of Class II KNOX Transcription Factors in Secondary Cell Wall Biosynthesis, Akula Nookaraju, Shashank K. Pandey, Yogesh Ahlawat, and Chandrashekhar P. Joshi

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Mechanobiology in the Comorbidities of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Shaina P. Royer and Sangyoon J. Han

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Assessing the arsenic-saturated biochar recycling potential of vermitechnology: Insights on nutrient recovery, metal benignity, and microbial activity, Shuvrodeb Roy, Dibyendu Sarkar, Rupali Datta, Satya Sundar Bhattacharya, and Pradip Bhattacharyya

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Health Risk from Toxic Metals in Wild Rice Grown in Copper Mining-Impacted Sediments, Rohan Deep Sarkar, Zhiming Zhang, Manas Warke, and Rupali Datta

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Bulk and amino acid nitrogen isotopes suggest shifting nitrogen balance of pregnant sharks across gestation, Oliver N. Shipley, Jill A. Olin, John P. Whiteman, Dana M. Bethea, and Seth D. Newsome

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Virucidal N95 Respirator Face Masks via Ultrathin Surface-Grafted Quaternary Ammonium Polymer Coatings, Mirco Sorci, Tanner D. Fink, Vaishali Sharma, Sneha Singh, Ruiwen Chen, Brigitte L. Arduini, Katharine Dovidenko, Caryn L. Heldt, Edmund F. Palermo, and R Helen Zha

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Draft Genome Sequencing of Three Glutaraldehyde-Tolerant Bacteria from Produced Water from Hydraulic Fracturing, Stephen Techtmann, Andrew L. Baldwin, Dotun Aluko, Justin Andersen, Cole Becker, Grace Chandler, Steve Forgrave, Madelyn Jones, Ina Klasner, Jared Martini, Noah Mason, Ryleigh Parsons, Nick Peterson, Erik Reynolds, and Lydia Schroeder

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Do water and soil nutrient scarcities differentially impact the performance of diploid and tetraploid Solidago gigantea (Giant Goldenrod, Asteraceae)?, Angela Walczyk and Erika Hersch-Green

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Contaminant Removal and Resource Recovery in Bioelectrochemical Wastewater Treatment, Zhiming Zhang, Dibyendu Sarkar, Liang Li, and Rupali Datta

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Impact of EDDS Dosage on Lead Phytoextraction in Contaminated Urban Residential Soils, Zhiming Zhang, Dibyendu Sarkar, Virinder Sidhu, Manas Warke, and Rupali Datta

Works from 2021

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Evaluation of Bioburden Requirements for Mars Missions, Joseph K. Alexander, Amanda R. Hendrix, Angel Abbud-Madrid, Anthony Colaprete, Michael J. Daly, David P. Fidler, Trista J. Vick‐Majors, and et. al.

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Comparative study of the effects of biocides and metal oxide nanoparticles on microbial community structure in a stream impacted by hydraulic fracturing, Rehab Alhajjar, Ryan B. Ghannam, Jeremy R. Chen See, Olivia G. Wright, Maria Fernanda Campa, Terry C. Hazen, Regina Lamendella, and Stephen Techtmann

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Abstract PO-001: HDAC6 inhibitors sensitize non-mesenchymal triple-negative breast cancer cells to cysteine deprivation, Tahiyat Alothaim, Morgan Charbonneau, and Xiaohu Tang

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HDAC6 inhibitors sensitize non-mesenchymal triple-negative breast cancer cells to cysteine deprivation, Tahiyat Alothaim, Morgan Charbonneau, and Xiaohu Tang

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Taxon-specific photosynthetic responses of attached algal assemblages to experimental translocation between river habitats, Keith Bouma-Gregson, Mary E. Power, Paula C. Furey, Casey Huckins, and Yvonne Vadeboncoeur

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Digestion and Assimilation of Benthic Biofilm by the Sábalo, Prochilodus lineatus, Stephen H. Bowen

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Temporal variation of crude and refined oil biodegradation rates and microbial community composition in freshwater systems, Emily R. Byrne, Kayley M. Roche, Laura G. Schaerer, and Stephen Techtmann

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MicroRNA Techniques: Valuable Tools for Agronomic Trait Analyses and Breeding in Rice, Jiwei Chen, Sachin Teotia, Ting Lan, and Guiliang Tang

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Abstract 3151: β Hydroxy β Methylbutyrate synergizes with cytotoxic chemotherapy and immunotherapy in a mouse model of pancreatic cancer, Michael F. Coleman, Kristyn A. Liu, Suhas K. Etigunta, Alex J. Pfeil, Xiaohu Tang, Salvador Fabela, and et. al.

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β-Hydroxy-β-Methylbutyrate Supplementation Promotes Antitumor Immunity in an Obesity Responsive Mouse Model of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma, Michael F. Coleman, Kristyn A. Liu, Alexander J. Pfeil, Suhas K. Etigunta, Xiaohu Tang, Salvador Fabela, and et. al.

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From Aedes to Zeugodacus: a review of dipteran body coloration studies regarding evolutionary developmental biology, pest control, and species discovery, William A. Dion, Tessa Steenwinkel, and Thomas Werner

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Co-occurrence of in-stream nitrogen fixation and denitrification across a nitrogen gradient in a western U.S. watershed, 2015 - 2016, Erin K. Eberhard, Amy Marcarelli, and Colden V. Baxter

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Exploring environmental selection on genome size in angiosperms, Lubna Faizullah, Joseph A. Morton, Erika Hersch-Green, Angela Walczyk, Andrew R. Leitch, and Ilia J. Leitch

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Activation of Orexin System Stimulates CaMKII Expression, Yuanyuan Fan, Enshe Jiang, Huanjia Gao, Jeremy Bigalke, Bojun Chen, Chunxiu Yu, Qinghui Chen, and Zhiying Shan

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DrosoPhyla: genomic resources for drosophilid phylogeny and systematics, Cédric Finet, Victoria A. Kassner, Antonio B. Carvalho, Henry Chung, Komal K. B. Raja, Thomas Werner, and et. al.

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Rebuild the Academy: Supporting academic mothers during COVID-19 and beyond, Robinson W. Fulweiler, Sarah W. Davies, Jennifer F. Biddle, Amy J. Burgin, Emily H.G. Cooperdock, Torrance C. Hanley, Carly D. Kenkel, Amy Marcarelli, Catherine M. Matassa, Talea L. Mayo, Lory Z. Santiago-Vàzquez, Nikki Traylor-Knowles, and Maren Ziegler

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Machine learning applications in microbial ecology, human microbiome studies, and environmental monitoring, Ryan B. Ghannam and Stephen Techtmann

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Morning sympathetic activity after evening binge alcohol consumption, Ian M. Greenlund, Hannah Cunningham, Anne L. Tikkanen, Jeremy A. Bigalke, Carl Smoot, John J. Durocher, and Jason R. Carter

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Open source vacuum oven design for low-temperature drying: Performance evaluation for recycled pet and biomass, Benjamin R. Hubbard, Lindsay I. Putman, Stephen Techtmann, and Joshua M. Pearce

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Differential protein abundance of vetiver grass in response to acid mine drainage, Jeffrey Kiiskila, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Rupali Datta

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Codon usage bias and dinucleotide preference in 29 Drosophila species, Prajakta P. Kokate, Stephen Techtmann, and Thomas Werner

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Mechanism for the genomic and functional evolution of the MIR2118 family in the grass lineage, Ting Lan, Xiaoyu Yang, Jiwei Chen, Peng Tian, Lina Shi, Yu Yu, Lin Liu, Lei Gao, Beixin Mo, Xuemei Chen, and Guiliang Tang

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DDR2 upregulation confers ferroptosis susceptibility of recurrent breast tumors through the Hippo pathway, Chao Chieh Lin, Wen Hsuan Yang, Yi Tzu Lin, Xiaohu Tang, Po-Han Chen, Chien-Kuang Cornelia Ding, and et al.

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Fate of glacier surface snow-originating bacteria in the glacier-fed hydrologic continuums, Keshao Liu, Yongqin Liu, Anyi Hu, Feng Wang, Zhihao Zhang, Qi Yan, Mukan Ji, and Trista J. Vick‐Majors

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A Cross-Ecoregion Evaluation of Nitrogen Fixation and Denitrification in Streams and Rivers of the United States of America, Amy Marcarelli, Erin K. Eberhard, Michelle Kelly, and Kevin Nevorski

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Nitrogen fixation: A poorly understood process along the freshwater-marine continuum, Amy M. Marcarelli, Robinson W. Fulweiler, and J. Thad Scott

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Nutrient limitation of algae and macrophytes in streams: Integrating laboratory bioassays, field experiments, and field data, Christopher A. Mebane, Andrew M. Ray, and Amy Marcarelli

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High-Resolution, Highly-Integrated Traction Force Microscopy Software, Nikhil Mittal and Sangyoon J. Han

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Butterfly eyespots evolved via co-option of the antennal gene-regulatory network, Suriya Narayanan Murugesan, Heidi Connahs, Yuji Matsuoka, Mainak das Gupta, Manizah Huq, Thomas Werner, and et. al.

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Greening the gray infrastructure: Green adsorbent media for catch basin inserts to remove stormwater pollutants, Viravid Na Nagara, Dibyendu Sarkar, Kirk Barrett, and Rupali Datta

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Health Risk Assessment of Exposure to Trace Elements from Drinking Black and Green Tea Marketed in Three Countries, Viravid Na Nagara, Dibyendu Sarkar, Qingzi Luo, Jayanta Kumar Biswas, and Rupali Datta

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Removal of antibiotics and nutrients by vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides) from a plug flow reactor based constructed wetland model, Saumik Panja, Dibyendu Sarkar, Zhiming Zhang, and Rupali Datta

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Scientific access into Mercer Subglacial Lake: Scientific objectives, drilling operations and initial observations, John C. Priscu, Jonas Kalin, John Winans, Timothy Campbell, Matthew R. Siegfried, Mark Skidmore, Trista J. Vick‐Majors, and et. al.

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Anticancer Activities of Plant Secondary Metabolites: Rice Callus Suspension Culture as a New Paradigm, Wusirika Ramakrishna, Anuradha Kumari, Nafeesa Rahman, and Pallavi Mandave

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Regional variation in mercury bioaccumulation among NW Atlantic Golden (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) and Blueline (Caulolatilus microps) Tilefish, Hunter Roose, Gordon Paterson, Michael G. Frisk, Robert M. Cerrato, Paul Nitschke, and Jill A. Olin

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The Rhizosphere Responds: Rich Fen Peat and Root Microbial Ecology after Long-Term Water Table Manipulation, Danielle L. Rupp, Louis J. Lamit, Stephen Techtmann, Evan Kane, Erik A. Lilleskov, and Merritt R. Turetsky

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Mixed stock analysis of genetic compositions of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) mixtures in Lake Michigan: hierarchical spatial heterogeneity and evidence of improving recruitment in Wisconsin spawning populations, Kim T. Scribner, Travis O. Brenden, Robert Elliott, Michael Donofrio, Kristin Bott, Jeannette Kanefsy, Jared J. Homola, Iyob Tsehaye, James R. Bence, Edward Baker, and Nancy A. Auer

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Evaluating the impact of hydraulic fracturing on streams using microbial molecular signatures, Jeremy R.Chen See, Olivia Wright, Lavinia V. Unverdorben, Nathan Heibeck, Stephen Techtmann, Terry C. Hazen, and Regina Lamendella

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Rna in situ hybridization for detecting gene expression patterns in the abdomens and wings of drosophila species, Mujeeb Olushola Shittu, Tessa Steenwinkel, William Dion, Nathan Ostlund, Komal Raja, and Thomas Werner

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Nitrate removal uncertainty in stormwater control measures: Is the design or climate a culprit?, Renan Valenca, Huong Le, Yeyang Zu, Timothy M. Dittrich, Daniel C.W. Tsang, Rupali Datta, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Sanjay K. Mohanty

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A framework for transdisciplinary radiocarbon research: Use of natural-level and elevated-level 14c in antarctic field research, Ryan A. Venturelli, Trista J. Vick‐Majors, Billy Collins, Alan Gagnon, Kathy Kasic, Mark D. Kurz, Wei Li, John Priscu, Mark Roberts, and Brad E. Rosenheim

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Effects of 8-week active mindfulness and stress management on decentering and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Aditi Vyas, Erich Petushek, Brigitte Morin, and John J. Durocher

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microRNA-483 Protects Pancreatic β-Cells by Targeting ALDH1A3, Zhihong Wang, Ramkumar Mohan, Xinqian Chen, Katy Matson, Jackson Waugh, Yiping Mao, Shungang Zhang, Wanzhen Li, Xiaohu Tang, Leslie S. Satin, and Xiaoqing Tang

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A ratiometric near-infrared fluorescent probe based on a novel reactive cyanine platform for mitochondrial pH detection, Shulin Wan, Shuai Xia, Jerry Medford, Emma Durocher, Tessa Steenwinkel, Lexi Rule, Yibin Zhang, Rudy Luck, Thomas Werner, and Haiying Liu

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Free the Fruit Flies! An Open Education Journey, Thomas Werner, Tessa Steenwinkel, John Jaenike, and Annelise Doll

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Novel expression of coat proteins from thermophilic bacteriophage ΦIN93 and evaluation for assembly into virus-like particles, Lukai Zhai, Dana Anderson, Elizabeth Bruckner, and Ebenezer Tumban

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Ratiometric Detection of Glutathione Based on Disulfide Linkage Rupture between a FRET Coumarin Donor and a Rhodamine Acceptor, Yibin Zhang, Shuai Xia, Shulin Wan, Tessa Steenwinkel, Tara Vohs, Rudy Luck, Thomas Werner, and Haiying Liu

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Adsorption of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) by aluminum-based drinking water treatment residuals, Zhiming Zhang, Dibyendu Sarkar, Rupali Datta, and Yang Deng

Works from 2020

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Acetylation of Aβ42 at Lysine 16 Disrupts Amyloid Formation., Rashmi Adhikari, Mu Yang, Nabanita Saikia, Colina Dutta, Wafa Fhad A Alharbi, Zhiying Shan, Ravindra Pandey, and Ashutosh Tiwari

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Planetary Protection for the Study of Lunar Volatiles, Joseph K. Alexander, Angel Abbud-Madrid, Anthony Colaprete, Michael J. Daly, David P. Fidler, Sarah A. Gavit, Trista J. Vick‐Majors, and et. al.

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New insights into larval lake sturgeon daytime drift dynamics, Nancy A. Auer and Edward Baker

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Bacteriophage Qβ virus-like particles displaying Chikungunya virus B-cell epitopes elicit high-titer E2 protein antibodies but fail to neutralize a Thailand strain of Chikungunya virus., Rupsa Basu, Lukai Zhai, Brenna Rosso, and Ebenezer Tumban

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Is Arsenic in Rice a Major Human Health Concern?, Jayanta Kumar Biswas, Manas Warke, Rupali Datta, and Dibyendu Sarkar

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Genetic data improves niche model discrimination and alters the direction and magnitude of climate change forecasts, Helen M. Bothwell, Luke M. Evans, Erika Hersch-Green, Scott A. Woolbright, Gerard J. Allan, and Thomas G. Whitham

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Microbial Derived Short Chain Fatty-Acids and Autonomic Regulation of Cardiovascular Function, Jessica Bruning, Ryan B. Ghannam, Qing-Hui Chen, Zhiying Shan, Gregory Miodonski, Stephen Techtmann, and Andrew D. Chapp

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Elevated L-lactate Promotes Major Cellular Pathologies Associated with Neurodegenerative Diseases, Andrew Chapp, Jessica Behnke, Kyle Michael Driscoll, Taija Marie Hahka, Zoe LaLonde, Zhiying Shan, and Qing Hui Chen

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Development of a neural interface for high-definition, long-term recording in rodents and nonhuman primates., Chia-Han Chiang, Sang Min Won, Amy L Orsborn, Ki Jun Yu, Michael Trumpis, Chunxiu Yu, and et. al.

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Phylogeny and diversity of alkane-degrading enzyme gene variants in the Laurentian great lakes and Western atlantic, William C. Christian, Timothy M. Butler, Ryan B. Ghannam, Paige N. Webb, and Stephen Techtmann

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Dietary β-Hydroxy-β-Methylbutyrate Supplementation Promotes PDAC Response to Gemcitabine and Immunotherapy Response in Obese Mice, Michael Coleman, Kristyn Liu, Xiaohu Tang, Laura Lashinger, Zhengrong Cui, and Stephen Hursting

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Reverberating effects of resource exchanges in stream-riparian food webs., Scott F Collins, Colden V Baxter, Amy Marcarelli, Laura Felicetti, Scott Florin, Mark S Wipfli, and Gregg Servheen

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From simplicity to complexity: The gain or loss of spot rows underlies the morphological diversity of three Drosophila species, William A. Dion, Mujeeb Olushola Shittu, Tessa Steenwinkel, Komal K. B. Raja, Prajakta P. Kokate, and Thomas Werner

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The modular expression patterns of three pigmentation genes prefigure unique abdominal morphologies seen among three Drosophila species, William A. Dion, Mujeeb O. Shittu, Tessa Steenwinkel, Komal K.B. Raja, Prajakta P. Kokate, and Thomas Werner

Anti-inflammatory Effects of Northern Highbush Blueberry Extract on an In Vitro Inflammatory Bowel Disease Model, Kyle Michael Driscoll, Aparna Deshpande, Rupali Datta, and Wusirika Ramakrishna

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Moving student research forward during the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven J. Elmer and John J. Durocher

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Biogeographic Patterns in Members of Globally Distributed and Dominant Taxa Found in Port Microbial Communities., Ryan B Ghannam, Laura G. Schaerer, Timothy M. Butler, and Stephen M Techtmann

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Biogeographic patterns in members of globally distributed and dominant taxa found in port microbial communities, Ryan B. Ghannam, Laura G. Schaerer, Timothy M. Butler, and Stephen M. Techtmann

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Trends in herring gull egg quality over four decades reflect ecosystem state, Craig E. Hebert, D.V. Chip Weseloh, Michael T. Arts, Shane R. de Solla, David J. Moore, Gordon Paterson, and Cynthia Pekarik

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Increasing ground-layer plant taxonomic diversity masks declining phylogenetic diversity along a silvicultural disturbance gradient, Stefan Hupperts, Christopher R. Webster, Robert Froese, Erik A. Lilleskov, Amy Marcarelli, and Yvette L. Dickinson

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Copper-rich “Halo” off Lake Superior's Keweenaw Peninsula and how Mass Mill tailings dispersed onto tribal lands, W. Charles Kerfoot, Noel Urban, Jaebong Jeong, Carol MacLennan, and Sophia Ford

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Metabolic response of vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides) to acid mine drainage, Jeffrey Kiiskila, Kefeng Li, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Rupali Datta

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Maize microrna166 inactivation confers plant development and abiotic stress resistance, Na Li, Tianxiao Yang, Zhanyong Guo, Qiusheng Wang, Mao Chai, Mingbo Wu, Xiaoqi Li, Weiya Li, Guangxian Li, Jihua Tang, and Guiliang Tang

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RIPK3 upregulation confers robust proliferation and collateral cystine-dependence on breast cancer recurrence., Chao-Chieh Lin, Nathaniel W Mabe, Yi-Tzu Lin, Wen-Hsuan Yang, Xiaohu Tang, Lisa Hong, Tianai Sun, Jeremy Force, Jeffrey R Marks, Tso-Pang Yao, James V Alvarez, and Jen-Tsan Chi

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Magnitude and direction of stream-forest community interactions change with time scale., Amy Marcarelli, Colden V Baxter, Joseph R Benjamin, Yo Miyake, Masashi Murakami, Kurt D Fausch, and Shigeru Nakano

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Climate, snowmelt dynamics and atmospheric deposition interact to control dissolved organic carbon export from a northern forest stream over 26 years, Karl M. Meingast, Evan Kane, Ashley A. Coble, Amy Marcarelli, and David Toczydlowski

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Environmental factors and thresholds for nitrogen fixation by phytoplankton in tropical reservoirs, Fellipe H.M. Moutinho, Gabriela A. Marafão, Maria do Carmo Calijuri, Marcelo Z. Moreira, Amy Marcarelli, and Davi G.F. Cunha

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Removal of antibiotics and nutrients by Vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides) from secondary wastewater effluent, Saumik Panja, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Rupali Datta