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Sci. Signal.  28 Mar 2017:
Vol. 10, Issue 472, eaan2960
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.aan2960

This week’s articles highlight synaptic organization in sociability, the interactions between a plant and its microbiome, and the role of RNA modification in the response to DNA damage.

HOST-MICROBE INTERACTIONS

Plants prioritize nutrition over defense

Castrillo et al. found that a plant nutrient stress response network shapes the root microbiome and coordinates defense with nutritional stress.

NEUROSCIENCE

Sociability through glutamatergic signaling

Krishnan et al. report that an autism-associated protein impairs sociability in mice by altering glutamatergic synapse organization.

DNA REPAIR

Marking DNA damage with methylated RNA

Xiang et al. found that ultraviolet radiation induces an RNA modification that recruits a DNA repair enzyme.

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