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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. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Cortical Development: Do progenitors play dice?

    Esther Klingler, Denis Jabaudon
    The wide range of cell types produced by single progenitors in the neocortex of mice may result from stochastic rather than deterministic processes.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Transcriptomics: Revisiting the genomes of herpesviruses

    Bhupesh K Prusty, Adam W Whisnant
    Combining integrative genomics and systems biology approaches has revealed new and conserved features in the genome of human herpesvirus 6.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Associative Learning: How nitric oxide helps update memories

    Daniel JE Green, Andrew C Lin
    Some dopaminergic neurons release both dopamine and nitric oxide to increase the flexibility of olfactory memories.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Genealogy: The challenges of maintaining genetic privacy

    Shai Carmi
    Two studies suggest that a determined adversary may be able to obtain genetic information that they should not have permission to access from some genealogy databases.
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    1. Developmental Biology

    Cell Competition: Counting the Minutes

    Stephano Mello, Dirk Bohmann
    A newly discovered mechanism that causes the 'Minute' phenotype in fruit flies can explain how organisms are able to eliminate the mutant cells that arise occasionally during development.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Viral Latency: Down but not out

    Erin T Larragoite, Adam M Spivak
    A new study in monkeys suggests that treating HIV infection early with antiretroviral therapy reduces the number of latent viruses, but has little impact on viral reactivation when treatment stops.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Morphology: Too hip for two sacral vertebrae

    Michelle R Stocker
    A complex pelvic morphology has been discovered in the fossils of one of the largest crocodylians.
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    1. Cancer Biology

    Reproducibility in Cancer Biology: Rethinking research into metastasis

    Peter Friedl
    The partial success of an attempt to repeat findings in cancer biology highlights the need to improve study designs for preclinical research into metastasis and the targeting of cancer cells.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Cell Signaling: Uncovering the secret life of Rho GTPases

    Jenna A Perry, Amy Shaub Maddox
    New methods to directly visualize Rho GTPases reveal how a protein called RhoGDI regulates the activity of these 'molecular switches' at the plasma membrane.
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    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Sepsis: Modelling survival

    Teresa A Zimmers, Leonidas G Koniaris
    A new mouse model of sepsis can reproduce the long-term muscle weakness seen in patients who survive this life-threatening illness.
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