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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. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Fossils: A new home for microbes

    Raphael Eisenhofer, Alan Cooper
    Modern microorganisms growing in fossils provide major challenges for researchers trying to detect ancient molecules in the same fossils.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Limb Development: A lesson in homology

    Nikola-Michael Prpic
    The same genes and signaling pathways control the formation of limbs in vertebrates, arthropods and cuttlefish.
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    1. Developmental Biology

    3D Imaging: Taking a closer look at whole organisms

    Noriko Ichino, Stephen C Ekker
    By enabling researchers to image whole zebrafish with cellular resolution, X-ray histotomography will improve our understanding of the biological differences between individuals of the same species.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Ecology: Keeping it fresh

    Jonathan L Klassen
    Beewolf wasp eggs release nitrogen oxides to provide protection against fungi and other microbes.
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    1. Ecology

    Kairomones: Finding the fish factor

    Georg Pohnert
    The water flea Daphnia moves to deeper waters to avoid predators when it detects a chemical produced by fish.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Evolution: ANP32B, or not to be, that is the question for influenza virus

    Steven F Baker, Andrew Mehle
    The evolutionary history of ANP32 proteins impacts how the influenza virus jumps from birds to mammals.
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    1. Cancer Biology

    Biomarkers: Improving survival prediction for melanoma

    Mykyta Artomov
    The survival of patients with cutaneous melanoma can be accurately predicted using just four DNA methylation marks.
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Regulatory Networks: Reality check for transposon enhancers

    Julie Brind'Amour, Dixie L Mager
    Hundreds of retrovirus-like sequences have features that suggest they might be gene enhancers, but only a small fraction displays gene-regulating activity in experiments on mouse stem cells.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Stem Cells: Getting to the heart of cardiovascular evolution in humans

    Alex Pollen, Bryan J Pavlovic
    Differences in the response of cardiomyocytes to oxygen deprivation in humans and chimpanzees may explain why humans are more prone to certain heart diseases.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Innate Behavior: Flies spring a surprise

    Johanna M Kobler, Ilona C Grunwald Kadow
    A combination of genetic, anatomical and physiological techniques has revealed that the lateral horn, a region of the brain involved in olfaction in flies, has many more types of neurons than expected.
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