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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. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Gastrulation: May the force be with you

    Shinuo Weng, John B Wallingford
    Understanding the coordination of the forces generated in embryos by two processes, convergent extension and convergent thickening, is key to understanding how a hollow sphere of cells develops into an elongated embryo.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Gene Regulation: Acting in tandem

    Robert A Battaglia, Ailong Ke
    RNA structures called tandem riboswitches allow bacteria to employ complex logical operations in response to nutrient starvation.
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    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Immunodeficiency: Back from the brink of obscurity

    Donald C Vinh
    A mutation in a transcription factor makes people susceptible to Trophyrema whippelii, the bacterium that causes a rare condition called Whipple's disease.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Echolocation: Smart bats click twice

    Manfred Kössl, Julio Hechavarría
    The acoustic representation of the outside world in the midbrain of a bat becomes more precise as it uses double clicks to locate closer objects.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Intracortical Microstimulation: Regaining the senses of touch and movement

    Victor de Lafuente
    Artificially activating certain neurons in the cortex can make a tetraplegic patient feel naturalistic sensations of skin pressure and arm movement.
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    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Stem Cell Tumors: Cherub versus brat

    Jennifer A Malin, Claude Desplan
    A long non-coding RNA molecule called cherub is a driver of tumor development.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Tuberculous Meningitis: Can aspirin help?

    Ashwini Kalantri, Shriprakash Kalantri
    Using a combination of aspirin, anti-tuberculosis drugs and steroids may help to reduce the number of strokes and deaths in patients with tuberculous meningitis.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Neuronal Plasticity: Genetic signatures of memories

    Vivek Sagar, Thorsten Kahnt
    Memorable positive and negative experiences produce different profiles of gene expression in the brain areas associated with long-term memory.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Neuromuscular Disease: Protecting the nerve terminals

    Jonathan D Glass
    Maintaining the connections between nerve cells and muscle could help to slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Spinal Cord Injury: Is the vagus nerve our neural connectome?

    V Reggie Edgerton, Parag Gad
    What are the implications of the vagus nerve being able to mediate the time-dependent plasticity of an array of sensorimotor networks?.
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