eLife Science Digests

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


  1. The toolkit of a natural killer

    Different proteins on the surface of natural killer cells work together help the immune system destroy cancer cells.
  2. Coating a cuticle

    Unravelling the genes that provide mosquitoes with their protective coating.
  3. Droplets of bacterial diversity

    Growing bacteria from the human gut in tiny liquid droplets gives access to a larger diversity of organisms compared to conventional culturing methods.
  4. Drug factories in the soil

    The hormone avenolide stimulates some soil bacteria to produce a compound that is similar to a drug used to treat river blindness in humans.
  5. Burning fat to make mature blood cells

    In fruit flies, the breakdown of fatty acids may drive the maturation of blood cells.
  6. Legs on the move

    A new study sheds light on how motor neurons control the legs of fruit flies.
  7. The big picture of behavior

    New imaging platform reveals how dopamine coordinates different types of motor programs in C. elegans.
  8. Cutting the virus for COVID-19

    SARS-CoV-2 seems to have the same cut site as a protein in respiratory cells which may trick a host enzyme into cutting the viral spikes and allowing the virus to infect human cells.