eLife Science Digests

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


  1. Hunting the elusive axo-axonic cell

    A new technique for specifically labelling a rare type of interneuron sheds light on their distribution and connectivity in the brain.
  2. A picture is worth more than one word

    The brain’s visual areas independently process rich levels of information from a scene to help identify objects while retaining other details.
  3. Breaking a sweat

    A heat-sensitive ion channel known as TRPV4 helps regulate sweating in mice, a finding that offers insights into human sweat disorders.
  4. Running scared

    Pavlovian fear conditioning triggers active fear responses as well as freezing.
  5. Immobilizing pancreatic cancer

    A protein known as CYRI-B is required for cancer cells to spread in a mouse model of pancreatic cancer.
  6. Decoding viral diversity

    New research reveals how genetic variability helps shape the biophysical properties of a key SARS-CoV-2 protein.
  7. Swabbing for safer births

    Measuring the levels of proteins related to antimicrobial immune responses in the vaginal fluids of pregnant individuals helps predict those at higher risk of giving birth early.
  8. Gene family of thousands

    Zebrafish have many more immune system genes than previously thought.