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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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What Price Kindness?

By | September 1, 2011

Exposing the life and work of a visionary and troubled scientist opens a window onto the evolution of altruism.

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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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Top 7 in Evolutionary Biology

By | August 29, 2011

A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in evolutionary biology, from Faculty of 1000

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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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Religion and Disease

By | August 25, 2011

Deadly epidemics can have a profound impact on people’s choice of religion.

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86 Percent of Eukaryotes Undiscovered

By | August 24, 2011

A new estimate of eukaryotic diversity suggests a total of 8.7 million species. So far, scientists have discovered only 1.2 million of them.

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Haitian Cholera Source Confirmed

By | August 23, 2011

Researchers pinpoint Nepalese soldiers as the source of last year’s deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti.

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Beer Yeast Identified

By | August 23, 2011

A new yeast species found in Patagonia appears to be the missing half of the long-used lager yeast.

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Chronic Fatigue Scientists Get Death Threats

By | August 23, 2011

Researchers who suggest psychological contributors to chronic fatigue syndrome receive death threats from activists.

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