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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    How cocktails of miniature llama antibodies may help fight SARS-CoV-2

    The identification of hundreds of tiny llama antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 could lead to the development of potential treatments against new variants.
  1. eLife, PREreview and partners develop course to involve more African researchers in peer review

    The training course adds to ongoing efforts to promote greater diversity in scholarly review.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Grouping of immune cell receptors could help decode patients’ personal history of infection

    Novel software for grouping immunological T-cell receptors may enable the identification of shared patterns that could be used to determine if a person has previously been infected or vaccinated against a given pathogen.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Male animals are subject to stronger evolutionary pressures than females

    A study provides evidence to support the theory that stronger selection on males allows them to purge the population of genetic mutations that reduce survival fitness.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Ancient human relative “walked like a human, but climbed like an ape”

    New lower back fossils are the “missing link” that settles a decades-old debate proving early hominins used their upper limbs to climb like apes, and their lower limbs to walk like humans.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Medicine

    How cellular structures regulate insulin secretion ‘hotspots’

    Scientists have shed new light on how insulin is released from beta cells in the pancreas, with potential implications for understanding more about what happens in diseases such as diabetes.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Medicine

    Precise blood pressure control may aid patient recovery from spinal injury

    A study using machine learning techniques suggests that maintaining an optimal range of blood pressure control during surgical repair of spinal injuries may improve patient outcomes.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Swapping spit helps ants share metabolic labour

    Findings show how fluids passed mouth-to-mouth in a colony of ants allow them to divide and share metabolic labour and adapt to the colony’s needs.
    1. Medicine

    Model predicts early response to cancer immunotherapy

    A mathematical model that uses information from routine scans or tissue biopsy analysis may help predict the effectiveness of immunotherapy treatment for individual patients.
    1. Neuroscience

    Social motivation in voles differs by species and sex

    How motivated voles are to be near friends and family varies across species and sex, and is linked to the density and location of brain receptors for the hormone oxytocin.