eLife Science Digests

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


  1. Examining the role of non-coding RNAs in liver treatment

    A promising drug candidate for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis increases the production of a non-coding RNA known as Fincor, with potential links to clinical benefits.
  2. Sniffing out O-GlcNAcylated proteins

    A tool for identifying which proteins in the fruit fly brain have undergone a chemical change known as O-GlcNAcylation reveals how this process may impact olfactory learning.
  3. Fragile bones

    A new study in human bone tissue sheds light on the underlying mechanisms of bone fragility caused by type 2 diabetes.
  4. Understanding autism

    Experiments using cells from people with different types of autism spectrum disorders reveal shared disruption of fundamental developmental processes and a key signaling pathway.
  5. Remembering the unexpected

    A brain region called locus coeruleus helps mice remember out of the ordinary events by releasing the chemical dopamine.
  6. Fatty acid facts

    Having a lower ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids maximizes their protective effects against dying from cancer, heart disease or other conditions.
  7. Expanding the fly toolkit

    Generation of new fruit fly lines makes it easier to study how cells and organs communicate with one another.
  8. Finding opportunity in understudied genes

    An online tool aims to boost research on understudied, disease-linked genes by counteracting scientists’ bias toward well-known genes.