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Time for T cells

By | November 7, 2013

Circadian rhythms control the development of inflammatory T cells, while jet lag sends their production into overdrive.

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Newborn Immune Systems Suppressed

By | November 6, 2013

Cells that temporarily restrain their immune systems give babies’ gut bacteria a chance to settle down. 

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Frisky Fruit Flies

By | November 5, 2013

Researchers show that Drosophila females upregulate an immune gene for protection against sexually transmitted infections before copulation.

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It’s in the Genes

By | October 24, 2013

Researchers find strong correlations between the composition of the human microbiome and genetic variation in immune-related pathways.

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Drug Widens Immunity to Flu

By | October 20, 2013

An immune suppressive drug can unexpectedly help immunized mice fight off many strains of flu.

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Next Generation: Cells Communicate with Light

By | October 20, 2013

Researchers design a clear cellular scaffold called a hydrogel that can be used to detect and transmit light to cells in vivo.

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Get a Whiff of This

By | October 1, 2013

An issue devoted to the latest research on how smells lead to actions

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Scents in a Flash

By | October 1, 2013

The modern technique of optogenetics stimulates the complex act of smelling with a simple flash of light.

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Brain Circuit Toggles Eating

By | September 26, 2013

A network of neurons in the hypothalamus can turn feeding behavior on or off with the flip of an optogenetic switch in mice.  

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Manipulating Mouse Memory

By | July 25, 2013

Researchers deliver bursts of light to specific cells in the mouse hippocampus to implant false memories about a fearful event.

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