eLife Science Digests

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


  1. Deciphering the languages of bacteria

    An analysis of signaling proteins provides new insights into how bacteria evolve to discriminate their own signals from those of other bacterial species.
  2. Giving cells the silent treatment

    Silent substitutions could provide a new, discrete way to regulate actin proteins.
  3. Decoys, at the ready

    Certain bacteria can evade from antibiotics by releasing vesicles which trap the harmful drugs away from the cells.
  4. Still the same?

    Human behavioural studies combined with re-designed computer simulations of neurons reveal how a visual centre in the brain recognises objects in various contexts.
  5. A long way to fly

    Research in locusts reveals how migratory insects supply their muscles with the metabolic fuel for long-distance flights.
  6. Improving a switch

    Introducing mutations on the surface of allosteric enzymes increases the effect of the ‘switch’ that turns them on.
  7. Actin(g) up

    Fruit fly experiments reveal a unique way for neurons to control the recycling process that allows them to package signalling molecules.
  8. Cause or coincidence?

    Blood biomarkers can help to determine whether seriously ill children who have malaria parasites in their blood have severe malaria or a different underlying disease.