Random bits from last week

Here are a few articles from last week that I found interesting. Since I was busy blogging about everything else under the sun, I never got to these:

In Am J Bot, Karagatzides and Ellison found that the cost of building a trap on a carnivorous plant is less than building a leaf. Why do I care? I like carnivorous plants.

In Science, Zhang et al. developed a 3D structural look at the central metabolic network of the thermophilic bacterium Thermotoga maritima. Not sure why this merited a Science publication, but I've got a soft spot for protein structural biology.

And in the world of transposable elements, the genome sequence of potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans had a plethora of repetitive sequences. Katzourakis et al. found an endogenous foamy retrovirus in a sloth genome.

Haas et al. 2009. Genome sequence and analysis of the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans. Nature 461:393-398.

Karagatzides and Ellison. 2009. Construction costs, payback times, and the leaf economics of carnivorous plants. Am J Bot 96:1612-1619.

Katzourakis et al. 2009.
Macroevolution of Complex Retroviruses. Science 325:1512.

Zhang et al. 2009. Three-Dimensional Structural View of the Central Metabolic Network of Thermotoga maritima. Science325:1544-1549.