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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. Evolutionary Biology

    Bioacoustics: Characterizing the hum of hovering animals

    Robert Niese
    The sounds of flying animals, such as the hum of a hummingbird as it hovers, are influenced by the unique forces generated by the flapping of their wings.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Navigation: Why flies look to the skies

    Stanley Heinze
    Fruit flies rely on an intricate neural pathway to process polarized light signals in order to inform their internal compass about the position of the Sun.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Virus Engineering: ORACLE reveals a bright future to fight bacteria

    Willow Coyote-Maestas, James S Fraser
    A new way to alter the genome of bacteriophages helps produce large libraries of variants, allowing these bacteria-killing viruses to be designed to target species harmful to human health.
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Medicine

    Cardiovascular Disease: Exploring risk factors at the molecular level

    Martina Rudnicki, Tara L Haas
    Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases trigger molecular changes that harm the endothelial cells in the heart, but exercise can suppress these effects.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Antibiotic Resistance: Bacterial evolution on demand

    Pål J Johnsen et al.
    Bacteria carry antibiotic resistant genes on movable sections of DNA that allow them to select the relevant genes on demand.
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    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Malaria: What happens when forests fall?

    Mercedes Pascual, Andres Baeza
    Combining spatial and temporal data is helping researchers to understand how deforestation influences the risk of malaria.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Remodeling Synapses: From mice to men

    J Christian Althaus, Michael A Sutton
    All-trans retinoic acid induces functional and structural plasticity of synapses in human cortical circuits through the engagement of the spine apparatus.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Medicine

    COVID-19: Rare variants increase the risk of severe COVID-19

    Frank L van de Veerdonk, Mihai G Netea
    Evidence is mounting that rare loss-of-function variants in the TLR7 gene predispose men with no medical history to severe forms of COVID-19.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Microbiome: Taming the beasts inside

    Erica P Ryu, Emily R Davenport
    Changes in diet associated with domestication may have shaped the composition of microbes found in the guts of animals.
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    1. Ecology

    Climate Classification: Exploring a new way to think about climate regions

    Barnabas H Daru
    A new system for classifying climates emerges from modeling the environmental conditions that 26,000 species of tetrapods experience in their home range.
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