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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. Cell Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Protein Homeostasis: How chloroplasts protect themselves from unfolded proteins

    Felix Kessler, Paolo Longoni
    A genetic screen has identified the first signaling component of the unfolded protein response in chloroplasts.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Mating Behavior: When structure meets function

    Sarah A Signor
    A new study upturns the long-held belief that in fruit flies, the yellow gene determines sex-specific behaviors by acting in the brain.
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    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Neuropathy: Looking into nerve damage in the cornea

    Mihaela Gadjeva
    Interactions between T helper cells and the complement system promote loss of sensory neurons in the eye.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Bone Formation: Sensing the load

    Nele Haelterman, Joohyun Lim
    How does the skeleton detect and adapt to changes in the mechanical load it has to carry?
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    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Tissue Engineering: Building a better model of the retina

    Milica Radisic
    Researchers have combined organ-on-a-chip engineering with the benefits of organoids to make improved models of the human retina.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Reproduction: How flies turn food into progeny

    Thomas Flatt
    Sex-optimal diets have different effects on gene expression in female and male flies.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Intracellular Organization: Getting ready for DNA duplication

    Nina Y Yao, Michael E O'Donnell
    The discovery of a biomolecular condensate involved in DNA replication has wide ranging implications.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Intergenerational Effects: How maternal adversity impacts offspring

    Zaneta M Thayer, Chlöe A Sweetman
    Adversities experienced by female baboons early in life can affect the survival of their offspring years later.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Bacterial Protein Secretion: Looking inside an injection system

    Sophie A Howard, Alain Filloux
    The proteins injected by bacteria into eukaryotic organisms can lead to fates as diverse as death and metamorphosis.
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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Transcription: Overcoming chromatin barriers

    Babette E de Jong, John van Noort
    Single-molecule experiments reveal the dynamics of transcription through a nucleosome with single-base-pair accuracy.
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