Insights

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.

Latest articles

    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Evolution: The enigmatic xenopsins

    Detlev Arendt
    A new member of the family of light-sensitive proteins called opsins has stirred up our view of photoreceptors.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Tissue Engineering: Building a better blood-brain barrier

    Courtney Lane-Donovan, Joachim Herz
    A new three-dimensional model of the blood-brain barrier can be used to study processes that are involved in neurodegenerative diseases.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Sleep: To rebound or not to rebound

    Bethany A Stahl, Alex C Keene
    Sexual arousal in flies counteracts the effects of sleep deprivation.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Neuroscience

    Sound Processing: A new role for zinc in the brain

    Brendan B McAllister, Richard H Dyck
    Certain neurons in the auditory cortex release zinc to influence how the brain processes sounds.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Plant Biology

    Drought Stress: Into the fourth dimension

    David L Des Marais
    The influence of time on the drought response of Brassica rapa, an agriculturally important species of plant, has been clarified.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Biofilms: Flipping the switch

    Xavier Pierrat, Alexandre Persat
    A structural switch controls the architecture of Vibrio cholerae biofilms by mediating the interactions between two matrix components.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Signaling: Enzymatic insights into an inherited genetic disorder

    Liping Zhang, Kelly G Ten Hagen
    Mutations in an enzyme involved in protein degradation affect a signaling pathway that stimulates the development of the digestive tract.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Ecology

    Stone Tool Use: Monkeys overharvest shellfish

    George H Perry, Brian F Codding
    The use of stone tools by macaques in Thailand has reduced the size and population density of coastal shellfish; previously it was thought that tool-assisted overharvesting effects resulted uniquely from human activity.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Reproduction: What is a placental mammal anyway?

    Patrick Abbot, John A Capra
    Many developmental functions in marsupials and eutherian mammals are accomplished by different tissues, but similar genes.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Neuroscience

    Sensory Neurons: A new target for G protein signaling

    László Csanády
    G protein-coupled receptor stimulation inhibits TRPM3 channel activity through direct binding of the Gβγ subunit to the channel.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF