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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. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Aging: A new defense in the battle of the sexes

    George L Sutphin
    Young Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodites use their own sperm to protect against the negative consequences of mating.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Decision Making: Remembering to choose the future

    Lesley K Fellows
    A brain region known as the hippocampus is required when people assess different options before making a value-based choice.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Cell Signaling: Learning from ancestors

    Suk ho Hong, Neel H Shah
    Applying ancestral sequence reconstruction techniques to protein kinases reveals the mutations that underlie different modes of activation.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Anaerobic Bacteria: Solving a shuttle mystery

    Bridget Conley, Jeffrey Gralnick
    Shewanella oneidensis bacteria use an abiotic reaction to help shuttle electrons outside of the cell.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Neurogenesis: Silencing the alternative

    Priya Sivaramakrishnan, John Isaac Murray
    The transcription factor ztf-11 promotes neuronal differentiation by repressing other cell fates in the nematode worm C. elegans.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Reproduction: Parasites opt for the best of both worlds

    Ellen Decaestecker, Lore Bulteel
    The fungal parasite Podosphaera plantaginis employs both sexual and asexual reproduction to increase its chances of infecting the plant Plantago lanceolata.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Gene Drive: A family of killers

    Mickaël De Carvalho, Sarah E Zanders
    Spok genes are meiotic drivers that increase their own chances of transmission by killing gametes that do not inherit them.
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    1. Developmental Biology

    Transcriptional Reporters: Watching gene expression in color

    Julie H Simpson
    A combination of two fluorescent proteins with different half-lives allows gene expression to be followed with improved time resolution.
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    1. Ecology

    Symbiosis: Algae and fungi move from the past to the future

    Paola Bonfante
    The ability of photosynthetic algae to enter the hyphae of a soil fungus could tell us more about the evolution of these species.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Gene Transfer: Adapting for life in the extreme

    Carolin M Kobras, Daniel Falush
    Red algae have adapted to extreme environments by acquiring genes from bacteria and archaea.
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