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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. Cell Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Multicellularity: How contraction has shaped evolution

    Mukund Thattai
    Two new unicellular organisms reveal that coordinated contractions of groups of cells using actomyosin predated animal multicellularity during evolution.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Behavior: The cerebellum shows its stripes

    Ashley L Holloway, Talia N Lerner
    New studies examine how the different sub-structures in the cerebellum are organized to receive information during complex behavioral tasks.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Brain Development: The impact of light during the night

    Sophia TC Leung et al.
    Exposing chicks to one hour of light during the night disrupts the releaseof a hormone that is needed by cells in the developing brain to survive.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Regeneration: Lymphatic vessels help mend broken hearts

    Catherine Pfefferli, Anna Jaźwińska
    Experiments on zebrafish show that the regeneration of the heart after an injury depends on lymphatic vessels.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Enzyme Mechanisms: Wedging open a catalytic site

    Annie Beuve
    The activation mechanism of the nitric oxide receptor has been revealed by cryo-electron microscopy.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Prefrontal Cortex: A tale of two pathways

    Jonathan A Oler, Julie L Fudge
    A combination of invasive and non-invasive techniques has allowed researchers to take a closer look at the two major neural pathways that connect the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Bacterial Survival: Life on a leaf

    Robin Tecon
    Microscopic water films allow bacteria to survive the seemingly dry surface of plant leaves.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Bacterial Evolution: The road to resistance

    Devon M Fitzgerald
    The way that bacteria grow—either floating in liquid or attached to a surface—affects their ability to evolve antimicrobial resistance and our ability to treat infections.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Protein Homeostasis: How chloroplasts protect themselves from unfolded proteins

    Felix Kessler, Paolo Longoni
    A genetic screen has identified the first signaling component of the unfolded protein response in chloroplasts.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Mating Behavior: When structure meets function

    Sarah A Signor
    A new study upturns the long-held belief that in fruit flies, the yellow gene determines sex-specific behaviors by acting in the brain.
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