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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. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: Kin selection spreads

    James P Higham
    By spending more time around infants which physically resemble their own, mandrill mothers may increase how frequently their offspring interact with their paternal half siblings.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Mechanosensing Dendrites: The elegance of prickly sensations

    Bibi Nusreen Imambocus, Peter Soba
    Neurons sensing harmful mechanical forces in the larvae of fruit flies have a striking architecture of dendrites that are optimized to detect pointy objects.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Perception: In sync with the heart

    Aleksandra M Herman
    People actively adjust how they acquire sensory information, such as tactile cues, based on how their bodily functions alter their senses.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: How vertebrates got their bite

    Thomas F Schilling, Pierre Le Pabic
    A newly discovered enhancer region may have allowed vertebrates to evolve the ability to open and close their jaws.
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    1. Cancer Biology

    Gene Interactions: Developing a taxonomy for colorectal cancer

    Jiansong Fang, Dawei Wang, Xiude Fan
    Analyzing how gene interaction networks are perturbed in individuals can help identify different types of colorectal cancers, paving the way towards personalized care.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Antimicrobial Resistance: Adapt or perish

    Rohan BH Williams
    Microbial communities in wastewater treatment plants provide insights into the development and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Hippocampus: Connecting to the long axis

    Bryan A Strange
    New study reveals how various regions of the human cortex connect to the hippocampus along its longer anterior-posterior axis, shedding light on the way this structure is functionally organized.
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Protein Expression: Finding abundance regulators

    Olivia Ozguc, Sibylle Vonesch
    A new pooled screening method in yeast allows scientists to probe how protein levels are regulated by mutating thousands of genes at once.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Bacteria: Bringing cells to the edge

    Teng Wang, Lingchong You
    A network of open channels allows cells and molecular cargo to travel from the center to the periphery of lab-grown colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, helping to eradicate competing species.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Evolution: A life LINE for large viruses

    Eugene V Koonin, Mart Krupovic
    As long suspected, poxviruses capture host genes through a reverse-transcription process now shown to be mediated by retrotransposons.
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