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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. Human Biology and Medicine

    Adverse Drug Reactions: The benefits of data mining

    Audrey Bone, Keith Houck
    Careful analysis of a database populated by physicians and patients sheds new light on the side effects of drugs.
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    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Organ Development: Tips from the embryonic lung

    Avinash Waghray, Jayaraj Rajagopal
    A new source of progenitor cells can now be used to study hidden aspects of human lung development and pediatric lung disease.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Mechanotransduction: Two views of the same stimulus

    Wayne A Johnson
    Signals from two different membrane proteins are combined to modulate how strongly sensory neurons respond to mechanical force.
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    1. Biochemistry

    Post-translational Modifications: Reversing ADP-ribosylation

    Giuliana Katharina Moeller, Gyula Timinszky
    Interactions between serines and molecules of ADP-ribose play an important role in signaling that the DNA in a cell has been damaged and needs to be repaired.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Tissue Regeneration: Regional differences

    Zhou Yu, Ting Chen
    The skin is a complex landscape containing regions in which hair follicles exhibit different types of behavior.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genes and Chromosomes

    Heterochromatin: Silencing repetitive DNA

    Nahid Iglesias, Danesh Moazed
    Some RNAs in mammalian cells can help to silence the DNA they are transcribed from.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Neuroplasticity: Exciting experiences make neurons less excitable

    Prakruti Nanda et al.
    Neurons in the brain of a female mouse that respond to the scent of a given male become suppressed after mating.
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    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    MRI: Searching for epilepsy’s crystal ball

    Olli Gröhn, Alejandra Sierra
    Multi-modal MRI techniques have identified biomarkers that could help to predict whether someone will develop epilepsy.
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    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Meiotic Recombination: Birth and death of a protein

    Julie Clément, Bernard de Massy
    The ways in which recombination sites are determined during meiosis are becoming clearer following a phylogenomic analysis for 225 different species.
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    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Virus Evolution: A new twist in measuring mutation rates

    Bartram L Smith, Claus O Wilke
    The influenza virus mutates faster than we previously thought.
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