eLife Science Digests

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


  1. Clearing space to move

    A protein called MT1-MMP helps clear the space between nerve and muscle cells so that factors deposited in this gap can build the communication sites needed to coordinate movement.
  2. Help for DNA repair

    Two pairs of proteins work together to activate homologous recombination in yeast cells.
  3. Best kept apart

    Drug therapies that combine TOP2 poisons and proteasome inhibitors may have unintended effects on cancer cells.
  4. Stop. STOP. STOP!

    Stopping protein production all depends on context.
  5. Solving the puzzle of self-assembly

    Mathematical modeling reveals some of the fundamental constraints that affect how biological structures self-assemble from building blocks.
  6. Defective enzyme weakens cell wall

    A peptidoglycan-modifying enzyme with a missing helix impairs the structural integrity of the bacterial cell wall.
  7. Why background noise can be so distracting

    Noticeable noises in the background, such as a phone ringing, shift our attention by activating the same circuit of nerves that we use when focusing on specific sounds.
  8. Just a spoonful of stress

    Some viruses use a small dose of cell stress during early infection to help them take over the cells.