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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The African ape-like foot of Ardipithecus ramidus and its implications for the origin of bipedalism

    Thomas Cody Prang
    The most recent common ancestor of humans, chimpanzees, and bonobos possessed a foot adapted to terrestrial quadrupedalism and climbing.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Origin of life: Transitioning to DNA genomes in an RNA world

    Razvan Cojocaru, Peter J Unrau
    The unexpected ability of an RNA polymerase ribozyme to copy RNA into DNA has ramifications for understanding how DNA genomes evolved.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Random-sequence genetic oligomer pools display an innate potential for ligation and recombination

    Hannes Mutschler et al.
    Random sequence RNA pools display an innate capacity for ligation and recombination, enabling them to “bootstrap” themselves towards higher compositional, informational and structural complexity.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Ribozyme-catalysed RNA synthesis using triplet building blocks

    James Attwater et al.
    Adopting RNA trinucleotides as substrates, ribozymes can catalyse the copying of structured RNA sequences, allowing self-synthesis by part of a newly evolved symbiotic ribozyme pair.
  1. Scientific Publishing: Advancing research

    Mark Patterson et al.
    eLife has introduced a new type of article–the Research Advance–that allows the authors of an eLife paper to publish results that build on their original research paper.
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  2. Scientific Publishing: Progress and promise

    Randy Schekman
    As he prepares to step down as the Editor-in-Chief of eLife, Randy Schekman reflects on the origins of the journal, the eLife approach to peer review, and current challenges in scientific publishing.
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    1. Neuroscience

    An insect-like mushroom body in a crustacean brain

    Gabriella Hannah Wolff et al.
    An insect-like mushroom body in one group of crustaceans, the mantis shrimps (Stomatopoda), suggests either an ancient origin of this center and its reduction and loss in other crustaceans, or an extraordinary example of convergent evolution with the insect mushroom body.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Branching morphogenesis in the developing kidney is not impacted by nephron formation or integration

    Kieran M Short et al.
    Analysing developing mouse kidneys demonstrates nephron formation does not significantly impact branching morphogenesis of the ureteric bud, suggesting this process is distinct from branching in organs like the mammary gland.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Live cell-lineage tracing and machine learning reveal patterns of organ regeneration

    Oriol Viader-Llargués et al.
    A combination of live cell tracking, cell-lineage tracing and machine learning shows that injured sensory organs repair accurately regardless of the extent of damage.
    1. Neuroscience

    Non-thalamic origin of zebrafish sensory nuclei implies convergent evolution of visual pathways in amniotes and teleosts

    Solal Bloch et al.
    Mesencephalic origin of the zebrafish thalamocortical-like visual projection neurons indicates independent evolution of tectofugal visual pathways in amniotes and teleosts.

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