A full moon rises over the torii gate of Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture), with countless reflections on the waves. Upon closer inspection, the numerous moon figures seen on the waves are actually cells of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. In addition to cells undergoing vegetative growth, cells in the process of sexual reproduction (conjugation, first and second meiosis) and asci containing spores are visible in the foreground. The Meeting Report of the 11th International Fission Yeast Meeting in Hiroshima (POMBE2023 Hiroshima) appears in this month's issue of this journal (Toda et al., Genes Cells 28: 642-645, DOI: 10.1111/gtc.13055).
Morning glories bloom on an August morning. The pattern of the flowers is reminiscent of paraspeckles, which are nonmembranous organelles formed by lncRNA Neat1. Also, the tendril extending right-upwards looks like Hero proteins, which are intrinsically disordered. A review article on nondomain biopolymers, including Neat1 and Hero proteins, appears in this issue of this journal (Arakawa et al. (2023) Genes Cells 28: 539-552, DOI: 10.1111/gtc.13050).