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Deploying the Body’s Army

By | April 1, 2014

Using patients’ own immune systems to fight cancer

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Funders Fight Re-Identification

By | March 25, 2014

Four UK research funding agencies firm up their stance against deliberate attempts by researchers to re-identify supposedly anonymous study participants.

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Vitamin A’s Influence on Immunity

By | March 19, 2014

Exposure to vitamin A in the womb influences immune system development and lifelong ability to fight infections, a mouse study shows. 

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Top US Scientific Misconduct Official Quits

By | March 14, 2014

The director of the Office of Research Integrity, the federal agency that investigates scientific misconduct, resigns after two years on the job.

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UK To Legalize Three-Parent IVF?

By | March 3, 2014

Regulators in England near the approval of a new mitochondrial replacement technique for creating embryos with less risk of developing certain heritable diseases.

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FDA Considers Three-Way Babies

By | February 26, 2014

The agency is soliciting opinions on a new technology that has the potential to circumvent mitochondrial diseases by producing embryos using DNA from three people.

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E.U. Pushes Forward With GM Corn

By | February 13, 2014

The European Commission is set to approve a new strain of genetically modified maize despite opposition from member nations.

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Week in Review: February 3–7

By | February 7, 2014

Federal stem cell regulations vary; Salmonella exploit host immune system; microglia help maintain synaptic connections; prosthesis re-creates feeling of touch

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Immune Response Promotes Infection

By | February 6, 2014

Salmonella enterica can exploit a standard immune response in mice to promote its own growth.

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image: Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections

Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections

By | February 2, 2014

Without microglia to pluck off unwanted synapses in early life, mouse brains develop with weaker connections, leading to altered social behavior.

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