Media coverage: January roundup of eLife papers in the news

High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in January 2022, including Sky News, Bloomberg and CTV News.
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In our latest monthly media coverage roundup, we highlight the top mentions that eLife papers generated in January. You can view the coverage, along with the related research articles, below:

Garcia-Souto et al.’s Short Report, ‘Mitochondrial genome sequencing of marine leukaemias reveals cancer contagion between clam species in the Seas of Southern Europe’, was featured in:

  • Nature World News – Highly contagious blood cancer detected in clams threaten marine ecology
  • CTV News – Contagious blood cancer spreads through multiple species of clam
  • La Vanguardia (Spain) – Cancer is contagious between some species, such as clams (translated)
  • Phys.org – How a contagious cancer spread among clams
  • International Business Times – Contagious cancer spreads from one species to another in clams, study finds

This study was also summarised in the eLife press release, ‘How a contagious cancer spread among clams’.

Shabir et al.’s Research Article, ‘Assessment of neurovascular coupling and cortical spreading depression in mixed mouse models of atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease’, was featured in:

  • Daily Express – Condition over 2 million people have in UK shown to treble Alzheimer’s protein in brain
  • Hindustan Times – Heart disease causes early brain dysfunction, may treble key Alzheimer’s protein
  • Deccan Herald (India) – Heart ailment causes early brain dysfunction, can treble key protein that triggers Alzheimer’s
  • The Economic Times (India) – Take care of your heart. Cardiac diseases can cause early brain dysfunction, lead to Alzheimer’s
  • Infosalus (Spain) – Heart disease causes early brain dysfunction and triples the key Alzheimer’s protein (translated)

Wildenberg et al.’s Research Article, ‘Partial connectomes of labeled dopaminergic circuits reveal non-synaptic communication and axonal remodeling after exposure to cocaine’, was featured in:

Todesco et al.’s Research Article, ‘Genetic basis and dual adaptive role of floral pigmentation in sunflowers’, was mentioned in:

  • Earth.com – “Invisible” colors in sunflowers do more than just attract bees
  • Phys.org – Sunflowers’ invisible colors help them attract bees and adapt to drought
  • ABPlive – Sunflowers have invisible colours that help them fight stress

The Research Article by Munoz et al., ‘Bisphosphonate drugs have actions in the lung and inhibit the mevalonate pathway in alveolar macrophages’, was covered in:

  • Bioon.com (China) – Common osteoporosis drugs - bisphosphonates - may enhance the immune response of the body’s lungs (translated)
  • Cosmos Magazine – Osteoporosis medication as an immune booster?
  • Infosalus (Spain) – Common medications for osteoporosis stimulate the immune response in the lungs (translated)

Garcia et al.’s Research Article, ‘A prion accelerates proliferation at the expense of lifespan’, was featured in:

  • The Scientist – Protein mediates non-genetic inheritance of growth strategies

Moreno et al.’s Research Article, ‘Pan-genome analysis identifies intersecting roles for Pseudomonas specialized metabolites in potato pathogen inhibition’, was mentioned in:

  • Phys.org – Smart soil bugs offer farmers an ecofriendly route to controlling crop diseases

Martin et al.’s Research Article, ‘Disease consequences of higher adiposity uncoupled from its adverse metabolic effects using Mendelian randomisation’, was featured in:

  • Business Standard – Unlucky fat genes to blame for obesity disease risk, finds UK study
  • Bloomberg – Lucky fat genes can help protect obese people from some diseases, study says
  • Aninews (South Asia) – Lucky genes can help protect people with obesity from diseases like type 2 diabetes
  • The Jerusalem Post – Study discovers why some obese people are protected from some diseases
  • Sky News – Obesity: lucky fat genes can help protect overweight people from certain diseases, study suggests
  • The Telegraph – Don’t curse your double chin and pot belly - you may have ‘lucky genes’

Belsky et al.’s Research Article, ‘DunedinPACE, a DNA methylation biomarker of the pace of aging’, was featured in:

The Research Article by Traets et al., ‘Mechanism of life-long maintenance of neuron identity despite molecular fluctuations’, was covered in:

  • Phys.org – C. elegans does not accidentally switch off its ability to detect salt

The Short Report and related Research Article by Hwang et al., ‘Native proline-rich motifs exploit sequence context to target actin-remodeling Ena/VASP protein ENAH’ and ‘A distributed residue network permits conformational binding specificity in a conserved family of actin remodelers’, were featured in:

  • Phys.org – Probing how proteins pair up inside cells

The Research Article by Graves et al., ‘Visualizing synaptic plasticity in vivo by large-scale imaging of endogenous AMPA receptors’, was featured in:

  • Spectrum News – New method spotlights synaptic plasticity in living mice

Zhang et al.’s Research Article, ‘Single-cell transcriptome analysis identifies a unique tumor cell type producing multiple hormones in ectopic ACTH and CRH secreting pheochromocytoma’, was featured in:

And Hale et al.’s Research Article, ‘FMRP regulates mRNAs encoding distinct functions in the cell body and dendrites of CA1 pyramidal neurons’, was covered in:

  • Spectrum News – Location prompts fragile X protein to flip its function

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