Media Coverage: December roundup of eLife papers in the news

High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in December 2019, including BBC News, The Guardian and The New York Times.
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In our latest monthly media coverage roundup, we highlight the top mentions that eLife papers generated in December. You can view the coverage, along with the related research articles, below:

Crispell et al.’s Research Article, ‘Combining genomics and epidemiology to analyse bi-directional transmission of Mycobacterium bovis in a multi-host system’, was covered in:

  • The Independent – Cattle ‘twice as likely to contract TB from other cows as from badgers’, study shows for first time
  • The Guardian – TB infection from cow to cow more likely than transmission by badger
  • The Telegraph – Cows twice as likely to contract TB from other cattle than from badgers, study finds
  • Daily Mail – Cows are twice as likely to catch bovine TB from other cattle as they are from badgers - offering hope for a reduction in culling
  • The Irish Times – Genetic clues of TB spread between cows and badgers revealed
  • Farmers Weekly – Bovine TB spread between cows and badgers, study finds
  • AgriLand – UK study finds TB 10 times more likely to transmit from badgers to cows than in reverse

Stavisky et al.’s Research Article, ‘Neural ensemble dynamics in dorsal motor cortex during speech in people with paralysis’, was mentioned in:

  • The Scientist – Speech Decoded from Brain Activity in Area for Hand Control

You can read an eLife press release about this study here.

Ye et al.’s Research Article, ‘High fat diet induces microbiota-dependent silencing of enteroendocrine cells’, was highlighted in:

  • NDTV Food (India) – Greasy Meals May Intervene Gut Action And Hinder Intestinal Activity

The Research Article by Thomas et al., ‘Demographic reconstruction from ancient DNA supports rapid extinction of the great auk’, was mentioned in:

An eLife press release about this study is available to read here.

Currais et al.’s Research Article, ‘Elevating acetyl-CoA levels reduces aspects of brain aging’, was picked up in:

  • India TV – Two experimental Alzheimer's drugs show improvement in memory and anti-ageing
  • Hindustan Times – Two experimental Alzheimer’s drugs show anti-ageing effects
  • Times NOW (India) – Study shows these Alzheimer's drug candidates reverse broader ageing

The Research Article by Scheyer et al., ‘Giant extinct caiman breaks constraint on the axial skeleton of extant crocodylians’, was covered in:

  • BBC News – Giant prehistoric caiman had extra hip bone to carry its weight
  • Metro – Ancient crocodile as big as a bus was a terrifyingly effective hunter, scientists reveal
  • Daily Mail – Giant three-tonne crocodile that was as long as a bus and lived six million years ago had an extra hip bone and upright shoulders to carry its 'vast bulk'

Campus et al.’s Research Article, ‘The paraventricular thalamus is a critical mediator of top-down control of cue-motivated behavior in rats’, was highlighted in:

You can read an eLife press release about this study here.

Teo et al.’s Research Article, ‘Metabolic stress is a primary pathogenic event in transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans expressing pan-neuronal human amyloid beta’, was picked up in:

  • Asian Scientist – Metabolic Defects Precede Alzheimer’s Disease, Study Finds

Willett et al.’s Research Article, ‘Cerebellar nuclei excitatory neurons regulate developmental scaling of presynaptic Purkinje cell number and organ growth’, was covered in:

  • Science – Stabilizing cell-type ratios

Xiong et al.’s Research Article, ‘Novel genetic loci affecting facial shape variation in humans’, was mentioned in:

  • La Nacion (Argentina) – International study reveals genes linked to different facial features (translated)

And Roderick et al.’s Research Article, ‘Birds land reliably on complex surfaces by adapting their foot-surface interactions upon contact’, was covered in:

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