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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

    Brain Size: Gene losses did not stop the evolution of big brains

    Cristian Cañestro, Vittoria Roncalli
    Elephants and fruit bats have evolved large brains even though they have lost a gene that is fundamental to the supply of energy to the brain when glucose is not available.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Retinal Circuits: How we see the forest and the trees

    Jeffrey S Diamond
    Specific pathways in the retina help us see spatial detail in our visual world.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Neutral Evolution: The randomness that shapes our DNA

    Kelley Harris
    Just 5% of the human genome is subject to neutral evolution but this process remains central to understanding the history of human migration across the Earth.
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    1. Ecology

    Biodiversity: Making wildlife welcome in urban areas

    Travis Gallo, Mason Fidino
    Careful design of the green spaces in cities will benefit both wild animals and humans.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution of Segmentation: Sox enters the picture

    Felix Kaufholz, Natascha Turetzek
    The discovery of a gene that regulates two segmentation mechanisms in spider embryos is fueling the ongoing debate about the evolution of this crucial developmental process.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Sex Difference: What does cannabis do to the brain before birth?

    Stefano Musardo, Camilla Bellone
    Being exposed to cannabinoids in the womb has different consequences for male and female rats. .
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Gene Expression: Transposons take remote control

    Julius Judd, Cédric Feschotte
    A family of retroviral-like elements in the human genome has a pervasive influence on gene expression.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Thalidomide: Unlocking a dark past

    Fernando Rodríguez-Pérez, Michael Rape
    A transcription factor called SALL4 could be the missing link between thalidomide and the limb defects caused by the drug.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Muscle Contraction: Too much of a good thing

    H Lee Sweeney
    A mutation that causes heart disease in humans increases the number of active myosin heads during contraction in the muscles of fruit flies, leading to the progressive dysfunction of the flight muscles and heart tube.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Navigation: Shedding light on stellate cells

    Andrew S Alexander, Michael E Hasselmo
    The relationship between grid cells and two types of neurons found in the medial entorhinal cortex has been clarified.
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