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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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Opinion: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

By | October 22, 2013

Nutrition research must overcome pseudoscientific measures and self-interest to make progress in the fight against obesity.

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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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Opinion: Academic Waste

By | October 17, 2013

From funding to publishing, academic research needlessly burns through time and money.

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Genetics Firm Gets Baby-Predicting Patent

By | October 4, 2013

23andMe denies that its new patent will be used to help couples create designer babies based on personal genetic testing.

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Consent at Last

By | September 18, 2013

A working group including members of the Lacks family approves the first projects to use the HeLa genome.

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Q&A: NIH Brokers HeLa Genome Deal

By | August 7, 2013

Officials at the government agency hammer out an agreement with the Lacks family to provide restricted access to genomes of their relative’s unwittingly donated cells.

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Week in Review, July 8–12

By | July 12, 2013

Editor accused of fraud leaves post; the good and the bad of gut microbiota; bacterial gene shuffle; legal restrictions hamper illicit drug research; antibodies and autism

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