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  1. Scientists decipher the fingertip’s ‘memory’

    A study has demonstrated that tactile neurons transmit information about previous forces experienced by the fingertip, potentially aiding the brain in navigating daily manual tasks.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    New species of marine bacteria isolated from a deep-sea cold seep

    Scientists have isolated a new species of marine bacteria that multiplies by a unique budding mechanism and releases viruses to facilitate nitrogen metabolism.
  2. Media Coverage: July roundup of eLife papers in the news

    High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in July 2023, including Earth.com, Quanta Magazine and Futurity.
  3. Scientists develop new therapeutic model for potentially treating incurable eye diseases

    Researchers have successfully transplanted human microglia into mouse retina to create a model for studying eye disease treatments, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Donor motor neurons could restore muscle function in ALS

    A study in mice suggests that grafting replacement motor neurons can reliably restore the damaged nerve-to-muscle connections in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  4. Sandwich-stacked columns give brachiopod shells their strength and flexibility

    Scientists have shed light on the evolution of pillar structures in the shells of a subtype of brachiopods, which may have helped them thrive during the Cambrian period.
    1. Ecology

    Biodiversity research and conservation efforts may be missing half the world’s species

    An analysis of what drives different scientific and societal interest in global species suggests we are missing knowledge on more than half of the world’s biodiversity.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Medicine

    Study identifies new drug target for preventing fatty liver disease

    Findings suggest a molecule found predominantly in the liver plays a key role in fat metabolism, and could provide a new treatment approach for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  5. Study sheds new light on how animals navigate their environment

    Researchers have created tools for tracking the navigational strategies of mice, which could be combined with other approaches to explore the neural processes behind selecting these strategies.
    1. Neuroscience

    First comprehensive maps of infant brains reveal clues to neurodevelopment

    Researchers have constructed the first comprehensive fine-grained functional maps of infant brain development from thousands of MRI scans, providing a new tool for studying neuroanatomy and neurodevelopmental disorders.