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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

    Thermoregulation: Bugs battle stress from hot blood

    Joshua B Benoit, David L Denlinger
    A heat exchange mechanism in the head of kissing bugs helps to prevent stress and regulate their temperature while they feed on warm blood.
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    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Protein dynamics: Proteins acting out of (dis)order

    David Eliezer
    A disordered region at the N-terminus of the glucocorticoid receptor can fine tune how cells respond to a hormone via an allosteric mechanism.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Horizontal Gene Transfer: Learning from losers

    Benjamin Kirkup
    Bacteria can overcome environmental challenges by killing nearby bacteria and incorporating their DNA.
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    1. Biochemistry

    Origin of Life: Transitioning to DNA genomes in an RNA world

    Razvan Cojocaru, Peter J Unrau
    The unexpected ability of an RNA polymerase ribozyme to copy RNA into DNA has ramifications for understanding how DNA genomes evolved.
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    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Sperm Competition: The need for speed

    Tom Pizzari
    A change in social status can quickly lead to a change in the quality of the seminal fluid produced by a male Chinook salmon as he responds to increased reproductive competition from higher-status males.
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    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Intraflagellar Transport: Trainspotting in a cilium

    Dhivya Kumar, Stephen M King
    A new imaging technique sheds light on how cilia regulate their length and growth.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Functional MRI: Making connections in the brain

    Alex TL Leong, Ed X Wu
    Simultaneous measurements of neuronal activity and fMRI signals in the rat brain have shed new light on the origins of resting-state fMRI connectivity networks.
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    1. Genes and Chromosomes

    Gene Regulation: A transcriptional switch controls meiosis

    A Elizabeth Hildreth, Karen M Arndt
    A key protein involved in the segregation of meiotic chromosomes is produced 'just in time' by the regulated expression of two mRNA isoforms.
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    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Evolution: The enigmatic xenopsins

    Detlev Arendt
    A new member of the family of light-sensitive proteins called opsins has stirred up our view of photoreceptors.
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    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Tissue Engineering: Building a better blood-brain barrier

    Courtney Lane-Donovan, Joachim Herz
    A new three-dimensional model of the blood-brain barrier can be used to study processes that are involved in neurodegenerative diseases.
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