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

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Probiotics Prevent Cholera in Animal Models

By Ruth Williams | June 13, 2018

Two different types of bacteria—one genetically engineered and one from cheese—defend animal intestines from Vibrio cholerae infection.  

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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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Computational biologists are optimistic that the purchase of the world’s largest hub for open-source computer code will not affect the way they use GitHub for science.

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Bees Appear Able to Comprehend the Concept of Zero

By Ashley Yeager | June 7, 2018

The insects correctly ordered an absence of black dots as “less than” a group of black dots.

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Almost half of all patents relating to the genes of marine organisms belong to one large international corporation, BASF, a new study reveals.  

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Researchers find that conserving marsupials on a predator-free island dampens their avoidance behaviors, which could mean trouble for their reintroduction to mainland Australia.

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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.

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Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe

By Ruth Williams | June 1, 2018

The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  

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Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

By Abby Olena | May 31, 2018

Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.

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