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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
    2. Neuroscience

    Autism: Balancing excitation and inhibition in the autistic brain

    Charlotte M Pretzsch, Dorothea L Floris
    A metric called the Hurst exponent could be a useful biomarker for studies exploring brain differences between men and women with autism spectrum disorder.
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    1. Ecology

    Ecosystems: The diversity of decay

    Emma J Sayer, Ralf Schäfer
    To predict how species loss will affect ecosystems, it is important to consider how biodiversity influences processes such as decomposition.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Neurogenesis: Delayed gratification in the adult brain

    Gerd Kempermann
    Some immature neurons in the cerebral cortex of mammals might wait for years before they become activated and finish their development.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Neural Circuits: Turning away from danger

    Jun Liu, Monika Scholz
    The flexible escape behavior exhibited by C. elegans in response to threats relies on a combination of feedback and feedforward circuits.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Phase Separation: Restricting the sizes of condensates

    Furqan Dar, Rohit Pappu
    Computer simulations of model proteins with sticker-and-spacer architectures shed light on the formation of biomolecular condensates in cells.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Optogenetics: Exciting inhibition in primates

    Wim Vanduffel, Xiaolian Li
    A new genetic marker enables precise control over a group of inhibitory neurons in monkeys.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Developmental Immunology: An atlas for hemocytes in an insect

    Samuel Liegeois, Dominique Ferrandon
    Single-cell RNA sequencing has revealed distinct subpopulations of hemocytes in fruit fly larvae.
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    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Antibiotic Resistance: Genomics against gonorrhoea

    Nicholas Medland
    Surveillance strategies based on whole genome sequencing could help with the early identification and detection of new forms of drug-resistant gonorrhoea.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cancer Biology

    Anti-Cancer Drugs: The mitochondrial paradox

    Sophie L Penman et al.
    A structural motif that is found in two cancer drugs may be responsible for their ability to tackle cancers and for the side-effects caused by the drugs.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Neuropeptide Signaling: Unravelling the evolutionary history of kisspeptin

    Maria I Arnone, Paola Oliveri
    Experiments in sea cucumbers reveal how the physiological responses regulated by a neuropeptide called kisspeptin have evolved.
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