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    1. Developmental Biology

    Neuron hemilineages provide the functional ground plan for the Drosophila ventral nervous system

    Robin M Harris et al.
    Hemilineages link neuronal stem cells to behavioral functions by providing a conserved ground plan of neuronal types that evolution then uses to sculpt different types of walking and flight behaviors.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Recurrent loss of CenH3 is associated with independent transitions to holocentricity in insects

    Ines A Drinnenberg et al.
    CenH3, the defining component of centromeres in almost all eukaryotes, was independently lost in four insect lineages that transitioned from monocentricity to holocentricity.
  1. The natural history of a curator: an interview with Ben Price

    Growing up on a game ranch in Zimbabwe stimulated Ben Price’s fascination with insects – “the sheer diversity of insects makes it impossible to not be interested once you start looking”. He continued to explore nature during a PhD on the evolutionary history of cicadas, and two postdocs. Now, he is the senior curator of Odonata and Small Orders, an eclectic group that includes land-based and aquatic insects, at the Natural History Museum in London.
  2. Media coverage: July roundup of eLife papers in the news

    High-profile news coverage that eLife papers generated in July 2017, including The Conversation, Us Weekly and New Scientist.
  3. Early-career researcher travel grants 2018: First seven authors selected

    The eLife travel grant programme offers up to $1000 to help recipients gain exposure and recognition for their work.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Endothelial cells express NKG2D ligands and desensitize antitumor NK responses

    Thornton W Thompson et al.
    Antitumor (natural killer) NK cell responses are negatively regulated by interactions between NK cells and endogenous NKG2D ligands constitutively expressed on lymph node endothelial cells and super-induced on tumor-associated endothelium.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A diverse host thrombospondin-type-1 repeat protein repertoire promotes symbiont colonization during establishment of cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis

    Emilie-Fleur Neubauer et al.
    The colonization of corals and their relatives by intracellular microalgae is facilitated by immunity proteins in the animal that contain thrombospondin-type-1 repeats, elucidating the inter-partner recognition processes required for the establishment of this ecologically important symbiosis.
    1. Neuroscience

    A neural command circuit for grooming movement control

    Stefanie Hampel et al.
    The identification of a neural circuit that drives a specific grooming movement in Drosophila reveals that it may also control movement parameters, such as duration.
    1. Neuroscience

    Nonlinear circuits for naturalistic visual motion estimation

    James E Fitzgerald, Damon A Clark
    New computational models provide insights into how the insect brain estimates the speed and direction of movement.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Tumor-derived CSF-1 induces the NKG2D ligand RAE-1δ on tumor-infiltrating macrophages

    Thornton W Thompson et al.
    Macrophages respond to elevated levels of CSF-1 in tumor micro-environments by expressing a ligand for the NKG2D immunoreceptor.