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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. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Deep Learning: Tackling the challenges of bioimage analysis

    Daniël M Pelt
    Using multiple human annotators and ensembles of trained networks can improve the performance of deep-learning methods in research.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Sperm: The secrets of success

    Kayla M Komondor, Anne E Carlson
    Imaging sperm as they travel through the female reproductive tract has revealed new details about fertilization at the molecular level.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Antibiotics: Modelling how antimicrobial resistance spreads between wards

    Tjibbe Donker
    Moving patients between wards and prescribing high levels of antibiotics increases the spread of bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment in hospitals.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Photosynthesis: On the art of stealing chloroplasts

    Paulo Cartaxana, Sónia Cruz
    Sea slugs increase the longevity of the chloroplasts they steal from algae by limiting the harmful side-effects of photosynthesis.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Social Status: Modulating chronic stress

    Debra A Bangasser, Evelyn Ordoñes Sanchez
    Social rank differentially influences how male and female mice respond to chronic stress.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Nanoscale Signaling: Messages across time and space

    Sascha M Kuhn, André Nadler
    Compartmentalized oscillations of second messengers affect global cellular signaling.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Viral Maturation: How to package the RNA of HIV-1

    Alex Kleinpeter, Eric O Freed
    Interactions between viral RNA and the integrase enzyme are required for HIV-1 particles to become infectious, a process that can be disrupted through multiple mechanisms.
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    1. Ecology

    Social Behaviour: Finding the right size for a group

    Marlee Tucker
    Vulturine guineafowl range over larger areas, explore more new places and are more likely to reproduce when they live in groups of intermediate size.
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    1. Plant Biology

    Photosystems: Performing photosynthesis without β-carotene

    Alison Telfer
    Research on mutant tobacco plants shows that a pigment called β-carotene is not necessary for photosynthesis.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: How geometry shapes division of labor

    Merlijn Staps, Corina Tarnita
    A mathematical model shows how the shape of early multicellular organisms may have helped cells evolve specialized roles.
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