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Gene Therapy Coming of Age?

By | July 11, 2013

Using lentiviral vectors to replace mutated genes in blood stem cells, scientists successfully treat two rare diseases apparently without causing harmful side effects.

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The Downside of Antibiotics?

By | July 3, 2013

Bacteria-killing antibiotics might also damage a person’s tissues.

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Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells

By | July 1, 2013

Researchers discover that unlike brown fat cells, white fat cells can directly sense cooling temperatures to switch on genes that control heat production.

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Platelets Help Tackle Bacteria

By | June 16, 2013

The cell fragments play a role in the body’s first line of defense against bacterial infection, helping white blood cells grab blood-borne bacteria in the liver.

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Bird Flu Mutation Risk

By | June 6, 2013

Some H5N1 and H7N9 bird flu viruses could be one mutation away from spreading efficiently between humans.

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Muscle Disease Gene Identified in Fish

By | June 4, 2013

Scientists discover gene behind an inherited muscle disorder by studying zebrafish embryos.

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Malaria parasites transmitted via mosquitoes elicit a more effective immune response and cause less severe infection than those directly injected into red blood cells.

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Inhibit Mitochondria to Live Longer?

By | May 22, 2013

Researchers find that reducing mitochondrial protein production in some animals can increase lifespan by activating a protective stress response.

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Vitamin C Slays TB Bacteria

By | May 21, 2013

The essential nutrient can kill drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis by producing oxidative radicals that damage DNA.

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Protective Phages

By | May 20, 2013

Viruses that attack bacteria may be an important component of our gut microbiota.

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