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What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.


Acute bouts of diarrhea could have lasting effects on the microbiota and host immune system activation, a mouse study suggests.

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image: This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids

This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 11, 2018

Vaccination reduced the risk of death by two-thirds for children with no other health problems.  


The receptors, found in so-called elite controllers who don’t need medications to keep the virus in check, suggest a new path toward immunotherapy.

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A security researcher found the email addresses and encrypted passwords of more than 92 million users of the genealogy site on a private server outside the company.


image: Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu

Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 6, 2018

They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.  


The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.


Compared with their urban counterparts, babies and toddlers in rural Nigeria have gut microbiota that more closely resembles that of adults in their community.


image: New Insights to Improve CAR T Cells’ Safety

New Insights to Improve CAR T Cells’ Safety

By Vicki Brower | June 5, 2018

Drugs approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis block cytokines, the molecules responsible for severe side effects from the immunotherapy, and reduce symptoms in mice.


Luna DNA, Nebula Genomics, and other “bio-brokers” will allow customers to make money by granting access to their genetic and personal information for research purposes.

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