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eLife News

  1. Press package: Fruit flies halt reproduction during infection

    March 07, 2017

    A protective mechanism that allows fruit flies to lay fewer eggs in response to bacterial infection is explained in a study published in the journal eLife. The findings represent a case of ‘behavioural immunity’ in response to bacterial infection: in addition to triggering conventional antibacterial weaponry, fruit flies use nerve cell signalling pathways to reduce the impact of infection on their offspring and environment. It is widely known that all living organisms adapt their behaviour in response to infection, but the mechanisms behind this are less understood. Recent studies in fruit...

  2. Webinar report: The push for mobility

    March 06, 2017

    The first #ECRwednesday webinar of 2017, held in partnership with EU-LIFE, covered the topic of mobility: why should you move to another city or country for your career, and what are the challenges involved? Nearly all researchers move institutions at some point in their career, and it is increasingly common to spend some time working abroad. But it’s a big decision to make the move. This week's speakers included: Jeanne Salje, Group Leader, MORU/Oxford University and member of the eLife early-career advisory group, Francesca Spagnoli, Group Leader, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany; Verena Ruprecht, Group Leader, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Spain; and Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK.

  3. News from eLife: eLife welcomes four Senior Editors

    March 02, 2017

    eLife welcomes four leading scientists, with expertise from across the life sciences and biomedicine, to its editorial board.

  4. Hack Cambridge Recurse entries: eXplore, Knowledge Direct, SciChat

    February 27, 2017

    We are delighted to showcase three projects entered for the eLife prize at Hack Cambridge Recurse : eXplore, Knowledge Direct and SciChat. The winner of the eLife prize was eXplore. These hackathon projects are still early stage, and each team welcomes contributions and feedback via the respective GitHub repositories. eXplore Team members: Charlotte Guzzo – PhD student in Biological Sciences, Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge Will Jones – PhD student in Mathematical Genomics and Medicine, University of Cambridge Patrick Short – PhD student in Mathematical Genomics and Medicine...

  5. Innovation: Imagining the tools of the future at Hack Cambridge Recurse

    February 27, 2017

    On the last weekend of January, nearly 300 coders gathered in Cambridge for Hack Cambridge Recurse, a hackathon organised by local students. The participants had 24 hours to work on a project from scratch, building from available application programming interfaces (APIs) and other resources, and according to the challenges set by the sponsors. eLife challenged the participants to transform research communication with technology. The eLife prize was awarded to team eXplore, for their prototype tool to give people personalised, plain-English insights into their sequenced genome data. The...

  6. Press package: Scientists find genetic mutations that drive antibiotic resistance

    February 21, 2017

    Scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level antibiotic resistance in multi-drug environments. The findings, published in eLife, add to our understanding of how antibiotic resistance develops, which the team says is crucial for maintaining the effectiveness of both existing and future drugs. The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is challenging clinicians, with some infections already resistant to nearly all available drugs. A 2013 report from the Centers for Disease...

  7. Job vacancy: Senior Developer (Ruby, DevOps, AWS, Open-source)

    February 21, 2017

    eLife are now seeking a Ruby Developer with an interest in DevOps to work on the development, automation, monitoring, architecture and testing of a system we are co-developing with another publisher. You’ll join a small and enthusiastic team who are passionate about continuous improvement and software quality. Things like TDD/BDD, continuous delivery, strong collaboration and DevOps are part of our culture. We are committed to openness both in science and in the products that we release, so that we can encourage broad change across the research communication landscape. This means everything...

  8. Press package: How habitat destruction figures in long-term survival plans

    February 21, 2017

    Some organisms might have an interesting strategy for long-term survival: switching between two unsustainable forms of behaviour that, when kept unchecked, can actually cause them to wipe out their own homes. This discovery, published in the journal eLife, could provide insight into how some species, including humans, can survive and even thrive in harsh conditions and with limited environmental resources. During their life cycles, organisms such as slime moulds switch between living as single, free-ranging individuals (known as ‘nomads’) and living communally in a colony. To explore the...

  9. Innovation: eLife challenges Hack24 participants to transform research communication with technology

    February 17, 2017

    This March, we are excited to sponsor Hack24 , a 24-hour hackathon in Nottingham, UK, involving 150 participants. We have set the hackers the challenge of transforming research communication. eLife challenge: Transform research communication with technology Cutting-edge research is stuck in the past. Research publication, whilst the ultimate currency for researchers, does not typically enable them to show their workings in full. In addition, the traditional incentives to publish research discoveries offer few rewards for researchers who work collaboratively and transparently. This makes it...

  10. Press package: Scientists reveal how the brain maintains useful memories

    February 14, 2017

    Researchers from the University of Toronto, Canada, have discovered a reason why we often struggle to remember the smaller details of past experiences. Writing in the journal eLife, the team found that there are specific groups of neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) of a rat’s brain – the region most associated with long-term memory. These neurons develop codes to help store relevant, general information from multiple experiences while, over time, losing the more irrelevant, minor details unique to each experience. The findings provide new insight into how the brain collects and...

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