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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. Immunology and Inflammation

    Skin Immunity: A new player in the dermis

    Gyohei Egawa, Kenji Kabashima
    Langerhans-like cells located in the dermis can travel to lymph nodes where they modulate immune responses.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Aging: The temporary cost of dominance

    Calen P Ryan, Christopher W Kuzawa
    In a population of wild baboons, a new way to assess biological age reveals a surprising effect of social hierarchy.
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    1. Developmental Biology

    Fertilization: Conserved sperm factors are no longer a bone of contention

    Xue Mei, Andrew Singson
    Proteins related to a molecule involved in the formation of osteoclasts in bone are required for fertilization in worms, flies and mammals.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Flagella: A new kind of beat

    Kirsty Y Wan
    New mathematical model reveals how the flagella of some single-celled algae generate a lasso-like beat pattern that propels the cell through water.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Tumor Biology: Cells under pressure

    Dhiraj Indana, Ovijit Chaudhuri
    A new method for applying solid stress to aggregates of cells is shedding light on the impact of mechanical forces on cancer cells.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Bioacoustics: Characterizing the hum of hovering animals

    Robert Niese
    The sounds of flying animals, such as the hum of a hummingbird as it hovers, are influenced by the unique forces generated by the flapping of their wings.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Navigation: Why flies look to the skies

    Stanley Heinze
    Fruit flies rely on an intricate neural pathway to process polarized light signals in order to inform their internal compass about the position of the Sun.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Virus Engineering: ORACLE reveals a bright future to fight bacteria

    Willow Coyote-Maestas, James S Fraser
    A new way to alter the genome of bacteriophages helps produce large libraries of variants, allowing these bacteria-killing viruses to be designed to target species harmful to human health.
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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Medicine

    Cardiovascular Disease: Exploring risk factors at the molecular level

    Martina Rudnicki, Tara L Haas
    Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases trigger molecular changes that harm the endothelial cells in the heart, but exercise can suppress these effects.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Antibiotic Resistance: Bacterial evolution on demand

    Pål J Johnsen et al.
    Bacteria carry antibiotic resistant genes on movable sections of DNA that allow them to select the relevant genes on demand.
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