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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. Neuroscience

    Neurodegeneration: Fly model sheds light on brain disease

    Martin H Berryer et al.
    Experiments on flies suggest that a gain-of-function mechanism in a protein called CSPɑ contributes to the progressive brain disease CLN4.
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    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Genetic Variation: Searching for solutions to the missing heritability problem

    Luisa F Pallares
    Rare genetic variants in yeast explain a large amount of phenotypic variation in a complex trait like growth.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Plant Disease: Cycling in synchrony

    Míriam Osés-Ruiz, Nicholas J Talbot
    The corn smut fungus uses two different mechanisms to control its cell cycle when it is infecting plants.
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    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Neuroscience

    Autoimmunity: Bringing on the itch

    Daniel A Waizman et al.
    Neutrophils are the first immune cells that enter the skin and cause itch in atopic dermatitis.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Multicellularity: How contraction has shaped evolution

    Mukund Thattai
    Two new unicellular organisms reveal that coordinated contractions of groups of cells using actomyosin predated animal multicellularity during evolution.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Behavior: The cerebellum shows its stripes

    Ashley L Holloway, Talia N Lerner
    New studies examine how the different sub-structures in the cerebellum are organized to receive information during complex behavioral tasks.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Brain Development: The impact of light during the night

    Sophia TC Leung et al.
    Exposing chicks to one hour of light during the night disrupts the releaseof a hormone that is needed by cells in the developing brain to survive.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Regeneration: Lymphatic vessels help mend broken hearts

    Catherine Pfefferli, Anna Jaźwińska
    Experiments on zebrafish show that the regeneration of the heart after an injury depends on lymphatic vessels.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Enzyme Mechanisms: Wedging open a catalytic site

    Annie Beuve
    The activation mechanism of the nitric oxide receptor has been revealed by cryo-electron microscopy.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Prefrontal Cortex: A tale of two pathways

    Jonathan A Oler, Julie L Fudge
    A combination of invasive and non-invasive techniques has allowed researchers to take a closer look at the two major neural pathways that connect the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex.
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