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Fungus Factsheet

By | June 3, 2011

The Last Vaccine Frontier: Successful vaccines have been created to protect against pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Why aren’t there any for combating fungal infections?   


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Antifungal Immune Response

By | June 3, 2011

For years researchers believed that any effective antifungal vaccine would have to induce the production of antibodies.  Research studies have now shown that the cellular immune responses mediated by Th1 and Th17 cytokines are just as important. 


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Growth Plate Dynamics

By | June 3, 2011

The growth plate is divided into several distinct regions, each populated with cartilage cells (chondrocytes) displaying characteristic behaviors. 


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Mitochondria at Work

By | June 3, 2011

Mitochondria combine hydrogen derived from dietary carbohydrates and fats with oxygen to generate heat and ATP. 


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Anatomy of C. Difficile

By | June 2, 2011

Clostridium difficile is a spore-forming, gram-positive bacterium that can cause disease when ingested. 


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Tibetan medical paintings

By | May 15, 2011

Seventeenth-century Tibet witnessed a blossoming of medical knowledge, with the construction of a monastic medical college and the penning of several influential medical texts. Perhaps most striking was a set of 79 paintings, known as tangkas, which


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Micro Farmers

By | May 1, 2011

Columbia University evolutionary ecologist Dustin Rubenstein explains just why it's so interesting and important to find slime molds that engage in a form of agriculture.


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Taking Aim at Melanoma

By | April 1, 2011

Antigen-presenting cells, such as macrophages or dendritic cells, elicit an immune response by displaying tumor antigens bound to the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) to circulating T-cells. Simultaneous T-cell recognition of glycoproteins CD80


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Molecular Targeting of BRAF Mutations

By | April 1, 2011

BRAF is the most commonly mutated gene associated with melanoma, found in more than 50 percent of patients. The gene encodes a cytoplasmic kinase that is a member of the MAPK signal-transduction pathway, which is activated when growth factors bind to


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Vital Signs

By | April 1, 2011

Radiology scientist Alexander Lin talks about searching for the tell-tale biomarkers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.  


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