eLife Science Digests

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


  1. Memory in the balance

    Th recall of specific memories is associated with a change in the balance of excitation and inhibition that the hippocampus elicits in another region of the brain called the neocortex.
  2. Peering into the gut

    Transparent zebrafish larvae provide clues as to how bacteria are spatially arranged in the gut.
  3. That lightbulb moment

    A new maze shows that fruit fly learning happens at the flick of a switch.
  4. Flying home

    A map of the neurons in the brains of bumblebees finds differences with other insects that help them navigate home over long distances.
  5. To remove or not to remove

    Maybug larvae can use their digestive enzymes to feed on toxic host plants, but the effects of these enzymes may make the plant less appetizing.
  6. Flipping the photosynthesis switch

    A molecular tag turns photosynthesis on and off by changing the colour of leaves.
  7. Getting a new perspective on antiviral drugs

    A new tool for studying how nucleotide analogs inhibit the virus SARS-CoV-2 could lead to more effective treatments for COVID-19.
  8. Evaluating experimental results from a new perspective

    A new statistical approach that focuses on individual participants rather than population averages could help address issues of replication in psychology and neuroscience.