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Birth of the Skin Microbiome

By | November 17, 2015

The immune system tolerates the colonization of commensal bacteria on the skin with the aid of regulatory T cells during the first few weeks of life, a mouse study shows.

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Lab-Made Coronavirus Triggers Debate

By | November 16, 2015

The creation of a chimeric SARS-like virus has scientists discussing the risks of gain-of-function research.

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Week in Review: November 2–6

By | November 6, 2015

How Ebola hides from immune cells; gut microbes’ role in immunotherapy response; new mechanisms of hearing loss; butterflies use milkweed toxins to ward off predators

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Microbes Play Role in Anti-Tumor Response

By | November 5, 2015

Gut microbiome composition can influence the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy in mice.

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Ebola’s Immune Escape

By | November 3, 2015

The virus can persist in several tissues where the immune system is less active. Researchers are working to better understand this phenomenon and how it can stall the clearing of Ebola in survivors.

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Fanning the Flames

By | November 1, 2015

Obesity triggers a fatty acid synthesis pathway, which in turn helps drive T cell differentiation and inflammation.

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Not Immune to Fat

By | November 1, 2015

The effect of a high-fat diet on murine T cells

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Toward a Universal Flu Vax

By | October 27, 2015

Adding an adjuvant to stimulate both innate and adaptive immunity, researchers boost the effectiveness of an influenza A vaccine in mice.

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Weak Support for Malaria Vaccine

By | October 27, 2015

The World Health Organization recommends more pilot trials.

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Infection Assistants

By | October 22, 2015

Parasite-derived exosomes boost Leishmania infection in mice. 

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