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Rural Teens Have Fewer Allergies

By | May 8, 2012

The diversity of microbes in the great outdoors may protect against inflammatory disorders.

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Bird Flu Transmission in Mammals

By | May 2, 2012

After much ado, Nature publishes the first report of a bird flu virus adapted for transmission in ferrets.

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Pure Pursuits

By | May 1, 2012

Techniques for simpler, cheaper, and better antibody purification

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Tumor Turnabout

By | May 1, 2012

A cytokine involved in suppressing the immune system may actually activate it to kill cancer cells.

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Extended H5N1 Moratorium?

By | April 30, 2012

A US science official recommends extending moratorium on bird flu studies as well as other types of risky research.

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Anti-inflammatory Factors Fight Bugs

By | April 25, 2012

A combination of antibiotics and the body’s own defensive metabolites clears bacterial infections faster than antibiotics alone.

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Flu Review Criticized

By | April 17, 2012

A member of the NSABB biosecurity board that recently reviewed H5N1 data criticizes the process.

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Social Rank Affects Monkey Immunity

By | April 11, 2012

In rhesus macaques, an individual's drop in the social hierarchy leads to overactive immune genes and, possibly, poor health.

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Ants Share Pathogens for Immunity

By | April 3, 2012

A new study shows that grooming by ants promotes colony-wide resistance to fungal infections by transferring small amounts of pathogen to nestmates.

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Next Generation: Painless Vaccine Patch

By | April 2, 2012

Vaccination via tiny microneedles elicits a powerful immune response in the skin.

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