eLife Science Digests

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


  1. The very hungry zebrafish

    The brains of zebrafish larvae reveal how different regions of the hypothalamus interact to regulate appetite and feeding.
  2. Getting to know the mouse papillomavirus

    New insights into the mouse papillomavirus show that it could be a good model to study the papillomaviruses that cause cancers in humans.
  3. SAM finds meaning in the noise

    A new algorithm can spot differences between groups of cells based on variable gene activity.
  4. Stick or twist?

    A preference for short-term rewards over long-term gains explains why many of us stick with suboptimal situations for a little too long.
  5. How algae guard against too much of a good thing

    Algae harness energy from the sun and use a protein called Mars1 to protect their chloroplasts from damage caused by too much light.
  6. 100-year-old genetic mystery solved

    Yellow mutant fruit flies often fail during mating, and the reason why is not what geneticists thought.
  7. Exploring the (protein) neighborhood

    Two new molecular biology tools identify proteins present in minuscule amounts in plants, enabling the characterization of rare proteins near a protein of interest or confined to a subcellular compartment.
  8. Tendons slow down as they age

    As mice age, the cells in their tendons divide more slowly, which may stop their tendons from being able to grow and self-repair.