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Insight articles are related to original research papers in eLife and explain why the results reported in the paper are significant in a given field of research. Insight articles are commissioned by eLife staff.

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    1. Ecology

    Social Behaviour: Finding the right size for a group

    Marlee Tucker
    Vulturine guineafowl range over larger areas, explore more new places and are more likely to reproduce when they live in groups of intermediate size.
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    1. Plant Biology

    Photosystems: Performing photosynthesis without β-carotene

    Alison Telfer
    Research on mutant tobacco plants shows that a pigment called β-carotene is not necessary for photosynthesis.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: How geometry shapes division of labor

    Merlijn Staps, Corina Tarnita
    A mathematical model shows how the shape of early multicellular organisms may have helped cells evolve specialized roles.
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    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Olfactory Navigation: Tempo is the key

    Antonio Celani
    Walking flies find the source of attractive odors by changing how frequently they stop and turn in response to the smell.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Plant-Microbe Interactions: Finding phenazine

    Sarah J Wolfson, Libusha Kelly
    Analysis of genetic information from soil samples provides insights into bacteria that help to protect crops from fungal diseases by producing chemicals called phenazines.
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    1. Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Parkinson’s Disease: Debunking an old theory

    Teresa Spix, Aryn Gittis
    Recording the neural activity of cells in the brain of patients with Parkinson's disease challenges long-standing assumptions about how this disease manifests at the cellular level.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Mutations: A larger target leads to faster evolution

    Bing Yang, Scott A Rifkin
    The speed at which a cell fate decision in nematode worms evolves is due to the number of genes that control the decision, rather than to a high mutation rate.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Seasonal Influenza: The challenges of vaccine strain selection

    Amanda C Perofsky, Martha I Nelson
    New measures of influenza virus fitness could improve vaccine strain selection through more accurate forecasts of the evolution of the virus.
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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Membrane Transport: Riding elevators into and out of cells

    Adam W Duster, Hai Lin
    The mechanisms responsible for the trafficking of carboxylate ions across cell membranes are becoming clearer.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Vascular Biology: Severing umbilical ties

    Jessica E Wagenseil, Karen M Downs
    High levels of proteins called proteoglycans in the walls of umbilical arteries enable these arteries to close rapidly after birth and thus prevent blood loss in newborns.
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