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. Evolutionary Biology

    Adaptation: Evolution of island lizards remains a mystery

    Kathryn D Kavanagh
    Lizards that live in the Greater Antilles exploit a large range of skeletal variations to adapt to similar habitats, in defiance of the theory of plasticity-led evolution.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Multi-Level Selection: The perils of cheating

    M Florencia Camus
    Experiments on mitochondrial DNA in worms highlight that cheating does not always pay off.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Sexual Reproduction: Reading the epigenetic code for exchanging DNA

    Mathilde Biot, Bernard de Massy
    Three independent studies show that a protein called ZCWPW1 is able to recognize the histone modifications that initiate the recombination of genetic information during meiosis.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Neuroepithelial Stem Cells: The many roles of C1q

    Mark Noble, Christoph Pröschel
    The ability of C1q to bind to a variety of receptors has implications for signaling biology, spinal cord injury and, possibly, the evolution of the complement system.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Developmental Biology

    Stem Cells: More than just a pool

    Amanda Cinquin, Olivier Cinquin
    An intricate stem cell niche boundary formed by finger-like extensions generates asymmetry in stem cell divisions.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Heat Shock: When pH comes to the rescue

    Davi Gonçalves et al.
    In starving yeast exposed to thermal stress, a transient drop in intracellular pH helps to trigger the heat shock response.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Ecology
    2. Neuroscience

    Social Behaviours: Nurturing nature

    Elena Dreosti
    Mutant zebrafish exhibit different behaviours depending on the genetic background of the fish they were raised with.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Cancer Biology

    Toxicity: Fishing for protective compounds

    Giuliano Ciarimboli
    A new zebrafish study identifies compounds that shield ears and kidneys against an anticancer drug.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    Neighboring communities of bonobos hunt different prey species

    Social Learning: Does culture shape hunting behavior in bonobos?

    Andrew Whiten
    New evidence that neighboring communities of bonobos hunt different prey species, despite extensive overlaps in where they live and hunt, is difficult to explain without invoking cultural factors.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF
    1. Plant Biology

    Pollen Tube Guidance: Growing straight through walls

    Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Sharon A Kessler
    The pollen tube in a flowering plant grows in a direction that is influenced by the mechanical properties of the stigma papillae and the organization of structures called cortical microtubules inside these cells.
    Insight
    Available as:
    • HTML
    • PDF