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    1. Neuroscience

    Study finds link between functional brain connectivity and aphantasia

    Researchers have explored how communication pathways between the hippocampus and the occipital lobe in the brain relate to difficulties in recalling personal memories in people with aphantasia.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Study reveals molecular mechanisms behind hibernation in mammals

    Researchers have characterised changes in the structure of motor proteins, called myosins, and energy consumption that occur during hibernation, highlighting key differences in large and small hibernators.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Interactions between flu subtypes predict epidemic severity more than virus evolution

    An analysis of influenza virus evolution over 22 years of flu seasons reveals the major drivers of disease transmission and epidemic severity.
  1. Media Coverage: January roundup of eLife papers in the news

    High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in January 2024, including The Debrief, ScienceNews, and Earth.com.
    1. Neuroscience

    Study reveals how the brain compensates for cognitive decline in old age

    Researchers have used neuroimaging analyses to provide evidence for functional compensation in the brains of healthy older adults during a problem-solving task.
    1. Medicine

    ‘Suspended animation’ drug could aid organ transplantation and survival from traumatic injury

    A study suggests that a pain relief drug that can quickly and reversibly induce a sleep-like state in cells and organs could facilitate organ transplantation and prevent irreversible tissue injury.
    1. Neuroscience

    Plankton use UV light sensors to detect pressure change and avoid getting swept away

    A study suggests that marine plankton sense external water pressure through the same cells they use to detect light, triggering them to swim upwards to an optimal water depth.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Scientists identify potential new method for diagnosing male infertility

    A study has revealed a potential new method to test the capacity of sperm to induce cell fusion, which could be used to diagnose male fertility issues.
    1. Neuroscience

    Ensheathed nerve fibres in human skin help communicate external stimuli

    A study provides evidence for the role of skin cells in communicating information about external stimuli to the central nervous system, by ensheathing nerve fibre terminals.
  2. Media Coverage: December roundup of eLife papers in the news

    High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in December 2023, including Forbes, The Hindu, and Earth.com.