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.

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    1. Neuroscience

    Connectomes: Mapping the fly’s ‘brain in the brain’

    Stanley Heinze
    Studying neurons and their connections in the central complex of the fruit fly reveals new insights into how their structure and function shape perception and behavior.
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    1. Ecology

    Animal Behaviour: The elusive perspective of a food thief

    Claudia Zeiträg, Ivo Jacobs
    Eurasian jays fail to take into account the point of view and desire of other jays when hiding food they can eat later.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    RNA Viruses: What leads to parallel evolution?

    Debapriyo Chakraborty
    The repeated emergence of similar variants of influenza virus is linked to interactions between the virus’s RNA segments.
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    1. Cell Biology

    Endometrium: Preparing for implantation

    J Julie Kim
    A new laboratory model helps to understand the role of senescent cells in fostering a uterine environment that can support an embryo.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Ecology

    Fungi: Sex and self defense

    Milton T Drott
    The fungus Aspergillus nidulans produces secondary metabolites during sexual development to protect itself from predators.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Polygenic Screening: What’s the use?

    Jason M Fletcher et al.
    A theoretical framework predicts that using polygenic screening to select embryos against traits that depend on many genes has few benefits.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Chaperones: Aggregation in the spotlight

    Zihao Wang et al.
    New findings clarify apparently conflicting results about how molecular agents that preserve protein integrity prevent harmful, dense aggregates from forming.
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    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Membrane Proteins: Pain or gain?

    Valeria Kalienkova
    The 3D structures of a membrane protein called TMEM120A suggest that it may act as an enzyme in fat metabolism rather than as an ion channel that senses mechanical pain.
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    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Risk Modeling: Predicting cancer risk based on family history

    Michelle F Jacobs
    A new software package provides more accurate cancer risk prediction profiles and has the ability to integrate more genes and cancer types in the future.
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    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Medicine

    Cancer Immunotherapy: A promising platform for predicting toxicity

    Maria Ochoa de Olza
    Organ-on-chip approaches could help researchers to better predict the toxicity of cancer immunotherapy drugs.
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