Media Coverage: January roundup of eLife papers in the news

High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in January 2019, including the Telegraph, Xinhua and Science.
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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:

Timmers et al.’s Research Communication article, ‘Genomics of 1 million parent lifespans implicates novel pathways and common diseases and distinguishes survival chances’, was covered in:

  • The Telegraph – DNA test costing £150 could tell if you have the genes for a long life
  • The Times – Your DNA points to life expectancy, say scientists
  • Daily Mail – DNA tests could predict when you'll DIE! Scientists develop a scoring system that analyses variations in our genetic code that influence lifespan
  • The Mirror – Scientists develop £150 DNA test that predicts when you'll DIE
  • – DNA could give clues about how long you can expect to live
  • Hindustan Times (India) – Genes may help predict how long a person will live: Study
  • Economic Times (India) – Length of one's lifespan may soon be predicted, all thanks to DNA
  • GenomeWeb – For Long Life

Sadier, Davies et al.’s Research Article, ‘Multifactorial processes underlie parallel opsin loss in neotropical bats’, was mentioned in:

  • Science – Dropping opsin function

The Research Article by Cheng, Rolls et al., ‘Decreased brain connectivity in smoking contrasts with increased connectivity in drinking’, was featured in:

  • Xinhua – Smoking, drinking linked to different brain areas
  • South China Morning Post – All in the mind: the study that could help treat addiction by looking at the wiring in drinkers’ and smokers’ brains
  • – Brain areas work differently for smokers and drinkers
  • IFLScience – Smoking And Drinking Associated With Opposite Brain Features

The joint Research Articles by Arunsan et al., ‘Programmed genome editing of the omega-1 ribonuclease of the blood fluke, Schistosoma mansoni’, and ‘Programmed knockout mutation of liver fluke granulin attenuates virulence of infection-induced hepatobiliary morbidity’, were covered in:

Babic et al.’s Feature Article, ‘Meta-Research: Incidences of problematic cell lines are lower in papers that use RRIDs to identify cell lines’, was highlighted in:

Saba et al.’s Research Article, ‘The elemental mechanism of transcriptional pausing’, was picked up in:

Ehrmann et al.’s Research Article, ‘An ancient germ cell-specific RNA-binding protein protects the germline from cryptic splice site poisoning’, was featured in:

And Obeso et al.’s Research Article, ‘A causal role for right temporo-parietal junction in signaling moral conflict’, was covered in:

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