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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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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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Publish H5N1 Papers, Says US Gov’t

By | April 23, 2012

The NIH agrees with the government advisory board’s recommendation to publish both controversial bird flu studies in full.

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White House Weighs in on H5N1

By | April 18, 2012

Science adviser John Holdren speaks out about how the Presidential Administration is handling the controversial research that rendered avian flu transmissible between ferrets.

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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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Deliberating Over Danger

By | April 1, 2012

The creation of H5N1 bird flu strains that are transmissible between mammals has thrown the scientific community into a heated debate about whether such research should be allowed and how it should be regulated.

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Risky Research Review

By | March 30, 2012

A new policy will require federal agencies to perform a careful review of research involving 15 pathogens and toxins that could be used for bioterrorism, including H5N1.

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Let Them Eat Dirt

By | March 22, 2012

Early exposure to microbes shapes the mammalian immune system by subduing inflammatory T cells.

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