Media coverage: January roundup of eLife papers in the news

High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in January 2018, including Science, Smithsonian magazine and The Conversation.
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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:

The Research Article by Ruby, Smith and Buffenstein, ‘Naked mole-rat mortality rates defy Gompertzian laws by not increasing with age’, was mentioned in:

  • Science – Naked mole rats defy the biological law of aging
  • Discover – Naked Mole Rats Defy Mortality Mathematics
  • Smithsonian magazine – Old Age Doesn’t Seem to Kill Naked Mole Rats
  • International Business Times – Naked mole rats are already one of nature's weirdest animals – now scientists say they don't age
  • ScienceAlert – Scientists Just Found Naked Mole Rats Have Another Freaking Weird Superpower
  • Der Standard (Austria) – Naked mole rat refutes ‘Law of Aging’ (translated)
  • Welt (Germany) – 4 reasons why you want to be a nude mole rat in the next life (translated)
  • La Vanguardia (Spain) – This is the naked animal that defies the laws of life and death (translated)
  • Vesti (Russia) – Contrary to biologists and mathematicians’ beliefs: naked mole rats do not grow old (translated)
  • Gazeta (Russia) – Scientists have discovered a new secret of the naked mole rat (translated)
  • Telegraf (Ukraine) – Biologists have discovered a new "superpower" of naked mole rats (translated)
  • Inquisitr – ‘Naked Mole Rats’: Non-Aging Mammals With One In 10,000 Chance Of Death, A New Study Reveals
  • New York Daily News – Naked mole rats defy laws of life and death
  • New York Post – Naked mole rats are immune to aging
  • Tech Times – Naked Mole Rats May Hold Clue To Fountain Of Youth
  • Gizmodo – Naked Mole-Rats Could Theoretically Live Forever, Study Suggests
  • Newsweek – How to stop aging: naked mole rats do not get old and could hold clues for extending human life
  • IFLScience – Naked Mole-Rats Break The Rules Of Aging

Levenga et al.’s Research Article, ‘AKT isoforms have distinct hippocampal expression and roles in synaptic plasticity’, was featured in:

  • India Times – Have You Ever Wondered What Our Memories Are Made Of?
  • Hindustan Times – This is how humans are able to remember birthdays, random facts and to-do lists

Povedano et al.’s Research Article, ‘Therapeutic effects of telomerase in mice with pulmonary fibrosis induced by damage to the lungs and short telomeres’, was covered in:

Huang et al.’s Tools and Resources article, ‘Tracing neuronal circuits in transgenic animals by transneuronal control of transcription (TRACT)’, was featured in:

  • Economic Times (India) – Always wondered how the brain works? New tech is here to understand how the organ functions
  • Financial Express (India) – New technology to map brain wiring

Charlop-Powers et al.’s Short Report, ‘Global biogeographic sampling of bacterial secondary metabolism’, was covered in:

  • Financial Express – Strange! Tapping dirt can save you from infectious apocalypse; know how

The Research Article by Yokouchi et al., ‘Epidermal cell turnover across tight junctions based on Kelvin's tetrakaidecahedron cell shape’, was picked up in:

  • ScienceAlert – Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn't Leak

Shi and Long’s Research Article, ‘Hedgehog signaling via Gli2 prevents obesity induced by high-fat diet in adult mice’, was mentioned in:

  • Sina (China) – Chinese scholars bring new ideas for weight loss (translated)

Font et al.’s Research Article, ‘Optical control of pain in vivo with a photoactive mGlu5 receptor negative allosteric modulator’, was featured in:

  • el Economista (Spain) – A photopharmaceutical for pain and a study on central sensitization (translated)
  • 20 minutos – A photopharmaceutical for pain and a study on central sensitization, awarded by the USAL-Grünent Foundation Chair (translated)

Sotu et al.’s Short Report, ‘Distinct memory engrams in the infralimbic cortex of rats control opposing environmental actions on a learned behavior’, was covered in:

  • Sina – How is memory formed? (Translated)

The Research Article by Ocklenburg et al., ‘Epigenetic regulation of lateralized fetal spinal gene expression underlies hemispheric asymmetries’, was mentioned in:

  • International Business Times – Are you left-handed? Scientists have discovered the reason behind it
  • ScienceAlert – We Might Have Been Wrong About What Makes People Left- or Right-Handed
  • MSN – This is why you're right handed or left handed
  • Business Insider – Scientists think they have found the reason some people are left-handed — and it has nothing to do with the brain
  • Sina – It may not be the brain that determines whether you are left-handed or right-handed (translated)

Lagator et al.’s Research Article, ‘Regulatory network structure determines patterns of intermolecular epistasis’, was featured in:

  • Der Standard – The more mutations occur at the same time, the freer the development (translated)

Pull et al.’s Research Article, ‘Destructive disinfection of infected brood prevents systemic disease spread in ant colonies’, was covered in:

And eLife’s coverage of the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology was mentioned in:

  • The Conversation – Novelty in science – real necessity or distracting obsession?

For any questions about the studies or media mentions listed here, please contact:

Emily Packer, Senior Press Officer


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