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The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf

By Mary Bates | September 22, 2017

In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.

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Booger Bacteria’s Sweet Immune Suppression

By Ruth Williams | September 6, 2017

Sweet taste receptor-activating molecules produced by sinus microbes suppress the local innate immune system in humans.

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An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2017

A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.

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Opinion: The Flood Reduction Benefits of Wetlands

By Michael W. Beck and Siddharth Narayan | August 31, 2017

Conservationists and the insurance industry team up to model the economic benefits of marshes during hurricanes.

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Dengue Infection Impairs Immune Defense Against Zika

By Catherine Offord | August 18, 2017

A memory B cell response to Zika virus in dengue-infected patients produced antibodies that were poorly neutralizing in vitro and instead enhanced infection.

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From Mass Death, Life

By Steve Graff | August 15, 2017

When thousands of animals die during mass migrations, ecosystems accommodate the corpses and new cycles are set in motion.

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The Ever-Expanding T-Cell World: A Primer

By Ashley P. Taylor | August 7, 2017

Researchers continue to identify new T-cell subtypes—and devise ways to use them to fight cancer. The Scientist attempts to catalog them all.

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Fascinated by Folding

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 4, 2017

Lila Gierasch uses biochemical tools to understand how linear chains of amino acids turn into complex three-dimensional structures.

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Ecotourism: Biological Benefit or Bane?

By Daniel T. Blumstein, Benjamin Geffroy, Diogo S.M. Samia, and Eduardo Bessa | August 4, 2017

As nature-based tourism becomes more popular, considering the ecological effects of the practice becomes paramount.

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A new method stimulates B cells to make human antigen-specific antibodies, obviating the need for vaccinating blood donors or hunting for rare B cells.

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