Volume 579 Issue 7797



News Features

News & Views

Ahead of the curve in the evolution of human feet p.31

The longitudinal arch has long been considered a crucial structure that provides stiffness to the human foot. Now the transverse arch is stepping into the spotlight, with a proposed central role in the evolution of human foot stiffness.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-00472-z

One gene to rule them all in a chronic brain infection p.34

A gene has been found that controls the conversion of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii into a form that chronically infects the human brain. The discovery could aid the design of therapies to eliminate this currently untreatable infection.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-00564-w

A self-activating orphan receptor p.35

The first 3D structure of a full-length G-protein-coupled receptor whose natural activator is unknown has been determined, providing insights into an unusual mode of activation and a basis for discovering therapeutics.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-00411-y

Biodiversity theory backed by island bird data p.36

Analysis of a unique global data set reveals how the species diversity of birds is affected by the properties of archipelagos and offers a way to test an influential theory. Has this improved our understanding of island biodiversity patterns?

doi: 10.1038/d41586-020-00426-5