eLife Science Digests

Cutting jargon and putting research in context, digests showcase some of the latest articles published in eLife.


  1. Machine learning animal poses to understand behavior

    A new, freely-available machine learning toolkit that tracks animal movement enables scientists to measure animal behavior quickly and accurately.
  2. Like clockwork

    An enzyme involved in neurodegenerative diseases called CDK5 helps the brain’s circadian clock run on time.
  3. Moving thoughts on auxin

    New research challenges previous ideas on how a hormone controls which direction plant cells grow and develop.
  4. When the drugs don’t work

    Animal studies explore the random fluctuations in individual responses to anesthetic that are lost in the population-level data used to determine anesthetic doses in humans.
  5. The long-term effects of sepsis

    New results help to understand why many patients remain weak for years after surviving sepsis.
  6. Starving corals of oxygen

    When fleshy algae take over coral reefs they stimulate bacteria to grow, leading to loss of oxygen in the water surrounding the reef.
  7. How a smut fungus prepares to infect

    The fungus that causes corn smut disables a regulator of the cell cycle via a two-step process to stop its cells dividing before it penetrates the plant’s tissues.
  8. How Notch keeps balance in the lung

    Different Notch ligands promote different cell types in the mouse lung.