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Blood Simple

By | September 1, 2011

A veterinary vaccine spawned products that could clean the HIV virus from blood supplies.

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The Seat of Memory

By | September 1, 2011

Early on, researchers had learned that the hippocampus was the structure in the brain where long-term memories were created and stored, but it was not known whether the different cell types within this structure might be more or less susceptible to the aging process.

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Adapting to Climate Change

By | September 1, 2011

Indigenous populations are especially vulnerable to the effects of global climate change. A new research project aims to help them adapt.

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Piggyback Pathogen

By | September 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Immunology

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The Cytokine Cycle

By | September 1, 2011

The initiating cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown. However, from our studies it’s clear that many types of neuronal damage—­­from traumatic brain injury, to epilepsy, infection, or genetic predisposition—­can activate brain immune cells—microglia and astrocytes-- promoting them to produce IL-1 and S100 inflammatory cytokines.

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Black Death Pathogen Extinct?

By | August 29, 2011

The Yersinia pestis strain extracted from the bones of Black Death victims may no longer exist.

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Bird Braves Irene

By | August 29, 2011

A shorebird flies into the teeth of the massive hurricane that hit the US East Coast…and lives to tell about it.

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Missing Mosquitoes

By | August 29, 2011

Tanzanian mosquito populations are declining, and scientists don’t know why.

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Bug Fest 2011

By | August 25, 2011

Earlier this month (August 13-14) thousands of children and bug-loving adults descended on the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, where all manner of insect—dead, alive, and deep fried—were on display to be looked at, touched and, yes...eaten.

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Beetle Mania

By | August 25, 2011

Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences was crawling with bugs, and The Scientist went down to join in the fun.

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