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Ubiquitin Chains in Action

By | July 1, 2012

Present in every tissue of the body, ubiquitin appears to be involved in a dizzying array of functions, from cell cycle and division to organelle and ribosome biogenesis, as well as the response to viral infection. The protein plays at least two role


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The Fungus Among Us

By | June 11, 2012

Researchers find a slew of new fungal species inhabiting the human gut, and suggest a link to an inflammatory bowel disease.

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Parkinson's Vax Enters Clinical Trials

By | June 7, 2012

Researchers in Vienna are starting a Phase I trial on the first ever vaccine with a potential to treat the neurodegenerative disease.


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Memory Tools for Plants

By | June 4, 2012

How plants pass defenses to offspring through a complex molecular network


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Avant-Garde Science

By | June 1, 2012

Why naked mole-rats and experimental gene therapies remind me of groundbreaking artists.


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Rural Teens Have Fewer Allergies

By | May 8, 2012

The diversity of microbes in the great outdoors may protect against inflammatory disorders.


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Pure Pursuits

By | May 1, 2012

Techniques for simpler, cheaper, and better antibody purification


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Tumor Turnabout

By | May 1, 2012

A cytokine involved in suppressing the immune system may actually activate it to kill cancer cells.


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Anti-inflammatory Factors Fight Bugs

By | April 25, 2012

A combination of antibiotics and the body’s own defensive metabolites clears bacterial infections faster than antibiotics alone.


image: Social Rank Affects Monkey Immunity

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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