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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. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Molecular Chaperones: Confirmation for conformational selection

    Yajun Jiang, Charalampos G Kalodimos
    NMR studies settle part of a long-standing debate about the mechanism used by the Hsp70 chaperone to recognize substrates.
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    1. Ecology

    Hibernation: Life in the fast lane

    C Loren Buck
    Dormice born late in the year start to prepare for winter sooner than mice born earlier in the year.
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    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: Oxygen and early animals

    Kalle T Rytkönen
    The biology of sponges provides clues about how early animals may have dealt with low levels of oxygen.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Isoforms: Fundamental differences

    Peter W Gunning, Edna C Hardeman
    The differences between β- and γ-actin are deeper than those between the amino acid sequences of these two proteins.
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    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Piezo Ion Channels: Portraits of a pressure sensor

    Alexander T Chesler, Marcin Szczot
    Near atomic-resolution structures have provided insights into the mechanisms by which the Piezo1 ion channel senses and responds to mechanical stimuli.
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    1. Ecology

    Life Expectancy: Age is just a number

    Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, Caleb Finch
    The naked mole rat defies the Gompertz law and shows no sign of increased mortality risk as it gets older.
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    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Reproduction: Shedding light on spawning in jellyfish

    Laurinda A Jaffe
    An opsin receptor has a central role in the production and release of eggs by female jellyfish.
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    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Vaccine Design: Chimeras could help in the fight against leptospirosis

    Jademilson C Santos, Ana Lucia TO Nascimento
    Understanding the structure of an antigen can guide the design of improved antigen-based vaccines.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Motor Systems: Variability in neural networks

    Daniel R Kick, David J Schulz
    Experiments on neurons in the heart system of the leech reveal why rhythmic behaviors differ between individuals.
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    1. Cancer Biology

    Cancer Risk: Why do women with melanoma do better than men?

    Keiran SM Smalley
    Harnessing female sex hormones may improve how all patients with melanoma respond to treatment.
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