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Infection-Autism Link Explained?

By | January 31, 2016

A mouse study suggests a mechanism by which severe infections during pregnancy increase autism risk. 

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When the Flu Vax Fails

By | December 16, 2015

The status of a person’s immune system can predict when a seasonal flu vaccination will not provide sufficient protection, according to a study. 

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Long-Lived Immune Memories

By | December 9, 2015

Two types of memory T cells can preserve immunological memories for more than a decade, a study shows. 

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An Evolutionary Basis for Allergies

By | October 29, 2015

Some proteins found in parasitic worms bear similarity to those from environmental allergens and cause a similar immune response in humans.

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Neutrophils Lead, T Cells Follow

By | September 3, 2015

When influenza invades the mouse respiratory tract, neutrophils guide the subsequent T-cell attack on infected tissue, scientists show.  

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Platelets Fan Inflammation

By | December 4, 2014

The circulating blood cells bind to neutrophils, prompting inflammation-related activity in these immune cell partners.

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How Bacteria Evade the Immune System

By | December 12, 2013

Escherichia coli can quickly evolve to resist engulfment by macrophages, scientists have found.

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Gene Therapy Coming of Age?

By | July 11, 2013

Using lentiviral vectors to replace mutated genes in blood stem cells, scientists successfully treat two rare diseases apparently without causing harmful side effects.

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Ladybird Bioterrorists

By | May 16, 2013

The Asian harlequin ladybird carries a biological weapon to wipe out competing species.

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Brain Is Command Center for Aging

By | May 1, 2013

Inflammation in the hypothalamus may induce degeneration in tissues throughout the body.

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