eLife Science Digests

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


  1. Iron overload

    Mitochondrial dysfunction contributes to iron overload and symptoms of brain disease in mice, suggesting potential new approaches to treating age-related brain disease.
  2. Metabolic speed limits

    Changing the amount of specific helper molecules in the cell controls the rate of the metabolic reactions that power life.
  3. The many faces of cancer therapy

    Mesenchymal stem cells make a type of immunotherapy less effective in treating cancer.
  4. The biological basis of predictions

    A computational network designed using the biological features of the hippocampus can generate similar patterns of activity to those observed when the hippocampus of tufted titmouse makes predictions based on memories.
  5. Where did spiders get their venom?

    The vast variety of toxins found in the venom of modern-day spiders evolved from a single small protein around 375 million years ago.
  6. Digesting unhealthy habits

    Genetic variants that predispose people to cigarette smoking increase the risk of developing a wide array of digestive diseases.
  7. Mutational shifts

    Shifts in reproductive age do not explain differences in genetic mutation patterns across human populations.
  8. Keeping brain activity under control

    A brain process that can adjust the strength of connections between neurons is regulated by a set of proteins that stop the process from over activating and causing seizures.