eLife Science Digests

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


  1. Plant hormones leave a bitter taste

    A hormone released by cabbage deters diamondback moths from feeding on its leaves and laying eggs.
  2. Sex and feeding

    The gene that controls the mating behaviors of male flies and silkworms is also linked to mosquito feeding behaviors that are specific to each sex.
  3. Taking a new look at tuberculous meningitis

    Using Bayesian statistics to reanalyse clinical data highlights a link between survival and the genetic makeup of tuberculous meningitis patients.
  4. Blocking the MYC

    Targeting a molecule that attaches to MYC proteins could be a way to shrink tumours.
  5. Discovery of an arousal state in female flies

    The neural circuits underlying lasting changes in the behavior of female flies have been identified.
  6. Guiding protein formation

    Electron microscopy reveals structural features of cellular machinery that contributes to the manufacturing of membrane proteins.
  7. Screening faulty immune cells

    Analyzing the genetic make-up of single cells sheds light on how the body keeps immune cells from attacking healthy tissue.
  8. Predicting antibody polyreactivity

    Predictive software has the potential to improve the design process of therapeutic antibodies by identifying poor candidates early on.