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    Early Earth research is an exciting, yet particularly difficult field of research. This collection highlights the different opinions on how to investigate the early formation of genetic material, honours the difficulties of early Earth research, and showcases some advances in origin-of-life research that have been published in Nature Communications.

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    Autoimmunity is an underlying cause of many diseases. This collection of Research, Reviews and News articles from several Nature journals covers the latest advances in genetic and epigenetic research into autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases.

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    In health and biomedical applications, electronic technologies allow monitoring, sensing and extracting physiological data as well as correcting or supporting tissue function through electrical stimuli. This collection highlights the recent developments in materials science, electronics and biology of bioelectronic devices.

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    Perovskite materials have become very promising candidates for a new generation of potentially printable and efficient optoelectronic devices. Photovoltaic devices based on hybrid perovskites now achieve more than 20% photoconversion efficiency, and applications in solid-state lighting, photodetection and lasing are soaring. Their optoelectronic and photophysical properties are under intense scrutiny. This web-collection brings together a selection of multi-disciplinary research and comments published in the Nature journals that explores the basic properties of halide-based perovskite materials and their potential for application in optoelectronics, from solar cells to lasers. It serves to illustrate the road to easily processable and efficient devices by presenting both historical milestones and the crucial landmark studies published in the last 12 months in the Nature journals.

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    This cross-disciplinary collection brings together Nature Communications articles from biotechnology, optics, neuroscience, cell biology, and medicine that develop or apply light-controlled technologies.

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    Synthetic and medicinal chemists are at the forefront of drug discovery and development. This collection showcases some of the most recent advances in organic synthesis, biocatalysis and -chemistry geared towards discovery and improvement of bioactive compounds, which have been published in Nature Communications.

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    This collection showcases recent review articles and original research on active matter across a selection of Nature journals.

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    This interdisciplinary collection showcases recent Nature Communications articles that provide new insights into microbial interactions, competition and coexistence dynamics, community assembly, and contributions to ecosystem function.

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    In this collection we highlight recent plasma research from Nature Communications, including fundamental processes relevant to astrophysical events, energy transfer from lasers to particles during acceleration, material development for plasma confinement and nuclear reactions in plasma fusion devices, plus much more.

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    Editors' Highlights: Each month our editors select a small number of Articles recently published in Nature Communications that they believe are particularly interesting or important.

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