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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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Inferring DNA from RNA

By | April 11, 2012

A new technique to derive DNA information from non-DNA sources, such as RNA, threatens the anonymity of genetic database donors.

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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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Bushmeat Roulette

By | April 1, 2012

Pathogens lurk in illegal wildlife products confiscated at US airports.

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The Two Faces of Metastasis

By | April 1, 2012

During development, the cells of an embryo change their pattern of gene expression, which allows them to detach from their original location and migrate to another part of the embryo, where the pattern changes again to allow formation of a new organ.

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Are Cancer Stem Cells Ready for Prime Time?

By | April 1, 2012

A flood of new discoveries has refined our definition of cancer stem cells. Now it’s up to human clinical trials to test if they can make a difference in patients.

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Emmeline Hill: Genes for Speed

By | April 1, 2012

Lecturer, School of Agriculture & Food Science, University College Dublin. Age: 38

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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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Immune Role in Brain Disorder?

By | March 19, 2012

Replacing immune cells in a mouse model of Rett syndrome, a developmental brain disorder, improved symptoms, suggesting a new target for treatment.

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