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Insight articles are related to original research papers in eLife and explain why the results reported in the paper are significant in a given field of research. Insight articles are commissioned by eLife staff.

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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Bacterial Immunity: An adaptable defense

    Michael A Schelling, Dipali G Sashital
    The response of bacteria to the threat posed by phages depends on their local environment.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Developmental Variability: Exerting an influence on evolution

    Charles C Roseman
    Experiments on mice have shown that developmental processes are influencing the generation of phenotypic variation in a way that shapes evolution.
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Translation: Finding sense in the context

    Kim M Keeling, David M Bedwell
    Ribosomal profiling has shed new light on how ribosomes can ignore stop codons in messenger RNA.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Polygenic Scores: It is time to get real when trying to predict educational performance

    Cecile Janssens
    A study of 3,500 children in the UK shows that data on socioeconomic background and previous educational achievements can better predict how students will perform at school than genetic data.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Animal Behavior: Whale breaching says it loud and clear

    Alexander J Werth, Charles L Lemon
    A whale leaping above the surface expends an enormous amount of energy, displaying its health and strength to peers and potential mates.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: Mapping the ancestry of primates

    Ignacio Martínez, Mercedes Conde-Valverde
    Structures in the inner ear can help determine the evolutionary relationship between extinct and living primates.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Contraception: Stopping sperm in their tracks

    Luke L McGoldrick, Jean-Ju Chung
    An automated high-throughput platform can screen for molecules that change the motility of sperm cells and their ability to fertilize.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Aging and Longevity: Short and sweet

    Coleen T Murphy
    A truncated version of the only insulin receptor in C. elegans has been discovered.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Ion Channels: A novel origin for calcium selectivity

    Esteban Suárez-Delgado, León D Islas
    A native calcium ion channel has been identified in bacteria for the first time.
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Histone Methylation: Navigating the structure of COMPASS

    Karolin Luger, Jonathan W Markert
    Cryo-electron microscopy reveals how ubiquitination promotes the methylation of histone H3 by the histone-modifying complex COMPASS.
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