Media Coverage: May roundup of eLife papers in the news

High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in May 2020, including the Daily Mail, Science and ITV News.
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In our latest monthly media coverage roundup, we highlight the top mentions that eLife papers generated in May. You can view the coverage, along with the related research articles, below:

Rivett et al.’s Research Article, ‘Screening of healthcare workers for SARS-CoV-2 highlights the role of asymptomatic carriage in COVID-19 transmission’, was covered in:

  • Daily Mail – Three per cent of NHS medics on coronavirus frontline unknowingly had the virus in April, suggesting thousands may have treated patients while infectious
  • ITV News – Thousands of hospital staff 'carrying Covid-19 without realising they're infected', says Cambridge study
  • Indian Express – Explained: Are doctors, nurses getting infected by Covid without knowing it?
  • RMF 24 (Poland) – Medical examinations from the UK. As many as 15 thousand people may be asymptomatic (translated)

The Research Advance by Wietrzynski et al., ‘Charting the native architecture of Chlamydomonas thylakoid membranes with single-molecule precision’, was highlighted in:

  • Science – Editor’s Choice: Dissecting uneven complex distribution

Baba et al.’s Research Article, ‘Role of IL-4 in bone marrow driven dysregulated angiogenesis and age-related macular degeneration’, was covered in:

  • Medical News Today – Age-related macular degeneration: Study finds surprising culprit
  • MK (South Korea) – The cause of macular degeneration may be an immune protein (translated)

Gelblum et al.’s Research Article, ‘Ant collective cognition allows for efficient navigation through disordered environments’, was mentioned in:

  • Videnskrab (Denmark) – Video: Ant flock elegantly controls through maze using collective brainpower

Jackman et al.’s Short Report, ‘Cerebellar Purkinje cell activity modulates aggressive behavior’, was highlighted in:

Bentham et al.’s 2016 Research Article, ‘A century of trends in adult human height’, was featured in:

  • Sputnik Arabic – 7 radical changes in the human body during the last 150 years (translated)
  • Kenh 14 (Vietnam) – The 7 differences of mankind between 150 years ago and now (translated)
  • Index (Croatia) – Seven Big Changes: How have people changed in the last 150 years?

Schreur et al.’s Research Article, ‘Multimeric single-domain antibody complexes protect against bunyavirus infections’, was highlighted in:

  • Science – Biologists invent a new way to fight viruses with llama blood and molecular superglue

Zhou et al.’s Short Report, ‘Intelligent classification of platelet aggregates by agonist type’, was covered in:

  • Egypt Independent – New technology for the diagnosis and treatment of blood clots with artificial intelligence (translated)

The Research Article by Belsky et al., ‘Quantification of the pace of biological aging in humans through a blood test, The DunedinPoAm DNA methylation algorithm’, was mentioned in:

  • Heraldo (Spain) – Can you measure the rate of aging of life? (Translated)
  • Tekniikan Maailma (Finland) – Researchers developed a new type of blood test that could reveal a person's biological aging rate and even the risk of death in the near future (translated)

Brook et al.’s Research Article, Accelerated viral dynamics in bat cell lines, with implications for zoonotic emergence, was featured in:

  • Nature – Profile of a killer: the complex biology powering the coronavirus pandemic
  • Galileu (Brazil) – What makes bats more resistant to viruses than humans? (Translated)

Shindyapina et al.’s Research Article, Germline burden of rare damaging variants negatively affects human healthspan and lifespan, was highlighted in:

The Research Article by Protsiv et al., ‘Decreasing human body temperature in the United States since the Industrial Revolution’, was covered in:

  • Irish Examiner – Cold facts: Humans are cooling - what does that mean for our health?

Li et al.’s Research Article, Longitudinal trajectories, correlations and mortality associations of nine biological ages across 20-years follow-up, was mentioned in:

Criswell et al.’s Research Article, ‘Resegmentation is an ancestral feature of the gnathostome vertebral skeleton’, was featured in:

Turi et al.’s 2018 Research Article, Pupillometry reveals perceptual differences that are tightly linked to autistic traits in typical adults, was highlighted in:

  • In (Greece) – A visual illusion reveals if you have symptoms of autism (translated)

Campus et al.’s 2019 Research Article, ‘The paraventricular thalamus is a critical mediator of top-down control of cue-motivated behavior in rats’, was mentioned in:

  • CDSTM (China) – Brain circuit of uncontrolled behavior (translated)

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