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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. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Translation: It’s a competitive business

    Masaaki Sokabe, Christopher S Fraser
    A new in vitro system called Rec-Seq sheds light on how mRNA molecules compete for the machinery that translates their genetic sequence into proteins.
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    1. Medicine

    Viral Infections: Race against dengue

    Swee Sen Kwek, Eng Eong Ooi
    Understanding the kinetics of dengue viruses in the bloodstream can provide insights into the clinical outcomes of the disease.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Hearing: Letting the calcium flow

    Régis Nouvian
    Two calcium-binding proteins, CaBP1 and CaBP2, cooperate to keep calcium channels in the hair cells of the inner ear open.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Protein Tracking: Everything, everywhere, almost at once

    Jacob Kæstel-Hansen, Nikos S Hatzakis
    A new platform that can follow the movement of individual proteins inside millions of cells in a single day will help contribute to existing knowledge of cell biology and identify new therapeutics.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Insulin Release: Synchronizing beta cells in the pancreas

    Bradford E Peercy, David J Hodson
    The secretion of insulin from the pancreas relies on both gap junctions and subpopulations of beta cells with specific intrinsic properties.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Microglia: Maestros of anesthesia

    Romeesa Khan, Rodney M Ritzel
    Microglia regulate anesthesia by altering the activity of neurons in specific regions of the brain via a purinergic receptor.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Empathy: Exploring the impact of violence in video games

    Nicolas Roy, Michel-Pierre Coll
    Playing a violent game for a few weeks did not alter neural and behavioral responses to the pain of others in inexperienced male gamers.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Electromyography: Accessing populations of motor units

    Eric A Kirk, Britton A Sauerbrei
    A new device improves the way scientists can record the activity of motor units in a wide range of animals and settings.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Pathogen Evolution: Exploring accidental virulence

    Daniel FQ Smith
    Experimentally evolving yeast to adhere better to plastic led to adaptations that increased their ability to cause an infection.
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    1. Developmental Biology

    Development: Investigating the origin of insect metamorphosis

    Xavier Belles
    Experiments exploring the role of juvenile hormone during the life cycle of firebrat insects provide clues about the evolution of metamorphosis.
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