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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. Neuroscience

    Cerebellum: Sensing how to balance

    Fabrice Ango, Raphaël Dos Reis
    How does the inner ear communicate with the cerebellar cortex to maintain balance and posture?
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    1. Neuroscience

    Electric Fish: Learning to generalize

    André Longtin
    Electric fish are able to take what they have learnt about sensory processing in certain situations and apply it in other situations.
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    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Immunization: Reducing measles mortality in India

    Anindya Sekhar Bose
    A large-scale campaign to promote measles vaccinations has substantially reduced the number of children dying from the disease in India.
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    1. Plant Biology

    Plant Stress: Hitting pause on the cell cycle

    Thomas Eekhout, Lieven De Veylder
    Two recently discovered transcription factors stop cells from dividing when plants face extreme heat and DNA damage.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Locomotion: Building behaviors, one layer at a time

    Claire Wyart, Vatsala Thirumalai
    New interneurons are added in the hindbrain to support more complex movements as young zebrafish get older.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Hippocampus: Getting the full picture

    Alessandro Luchetti et al.
    A combination of old and new techniques have been used to reveal new details about the behavior of individual neurons across the sleep-wake-cycle.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Brain Networks: Modeling breathing rhythms

    Jan-Marino Ramirez, Nathan A Baertsch
    Computational models are helping researchers to understand how certain properties of neurons contribute to respiratory rhythms.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Population Genetics: Why structure matters

    Nick Barton et al.
    Great care is needed when interpreting claims about the genetic basis of human variation based on data from genome-wide association studies.
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    1. Cancer Biology

    Melanoma: Accelerating cancer without mutations

    Douglas E Brash
    Mice get melanoma faster when they have common, inherited variants in a few genes that control cell-wide changes but also respond to the environment.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Microbiome: Does disease start in the mouth, the gut or both?

    Andrei Prodan et al.
    Oral bacteria colonize the gut more frequently than previously thought.
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