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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. Genetics and Genomics

    Genetics: The next step in Mendelian randomization

    Matthias Weith, Andreas Beyer
    Expanding a statistical approach called Mendelian randomization to include multiple variables may help researchers to identify new molecular causes of specific traits.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Antibiotic Resistance: A mobile target

    Carolina Oliveira de Santana, Pieter Spealman, Gabriel G Perron
    The global spread of antibiotic resistance could be due to a number of factors, and not just the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and medicine as previously thought.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Metamorphosis: The making of a maggot brain

    Andreas S Thum, Bertram Gerber
    The way neurons in the brain rewire in larvae as they turn to adult fruit flies sheds light on how complete metamorphosis was ‘invented’ over the course of evolution.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Floral Maturation: How the sunflower gets its rings

    Young-Joon Park, Pil Joon Seo
    The circadian clock may help to control the development patterns which allow the florets on a sunflower head to go through their final stages of maturation at precisely the right time.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Sleep Apnea: When the tongue runs out of gas

    Lila Wollman, Ralph Fregosi
    The transmission of signals from the brain to the tongue to control breathing depends, in part, on the balance between two gaseous molecules.
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    1. Developmental Biology

    Regeneration: Renal interstitial cells to the rescue

    Hannah M Wesselman, Rebecca A Wingert
    The ability of the adult zebrafish to replace damaged nephrons in the kidney depends on renal progenitor cells and renal interstitial cells working closely together.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Machine Learning: Finding the right type of cell

    Louis K Scheffer
    A new method allows researchers to automatically assign cells into different cell types and tissues, a step which is critical for understanding complex organisms.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Condensates: When fixation creates fiction

    Judith Miné-Hattab
    A chemical regularly used to image cells can dramatically alter the way cellular compartments called condensates look under the microscope.
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    1. Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Angelman Syndrome: How late is too late for treatment?

    Lawrence T Reiter
    Experiments on mice suggest that an approach called antisense oligonucleotide therapy may be able to treat some symptoms of Angelman syndrome, including problems with epilepsy and sleep.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Gut Bacteria: Synergy in symbiosis

    Aileen Berasategui, Hassan Salem
    Honeybees rely on their microbial gut symbionts to overcome a potent toxin found in pollen and nectar.
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