Volume 560 Issue 7719



News Features

News & Views

Checkpoint for gut microbes after birth p.436

The route to the establishment of a beneficial microbial community in the gut after birth is not fully understood. It now emerges that a gut-cell protein in newborn mice shapes the long-term composition of this community.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05861-z

Diet boosts the effectiveness of a cancer drug p.439

A drug that slows cancer growth has been found to elevate the level of the hormone insulin. This insulin rise lessens the drug’s effectiveness, but a diet that lowers insulin can increase the benefits of the therapy in mice.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05871-x



Photonic topological Anderson insulators p.461

A counter-intuitive state—known as a topological Anderson insulator—in which strong disorder leads to the formation of topologically protected rather than trivial states is realized in a photonic system.

doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0418-2

Magnetoelectric inversion of domain patterns p.466

The magnetization or polarization of domain states in multiferroics can be reversed while retaining the overall domain pattern, owing to the inherent versatility in coupling the large number of multiferroic order parameters.

doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0432-4

RNA velocity of single cells p.494

RNA velocity, estimated in single cells by comparison of spliced and unspliced mRNA, is a good indicator of transcriptome dynamics and will provide a useful tool for analysis of developmental lineage.

doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0414-6