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Certain drugs could worsen graft-versus-host disease in stem cell transplant patients, scientists show.

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Tasmanian Devil Antibodies Fight Cancer

By Jef Akst | May 9, 2016

The proteins could be the key to stopping the transmissible facial tumor disease that is threatening the species.

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Breast Milk Primes Gut for Microbes

By Ruth Williams | May 5, 2016

Maternal antibodies engender a receptive gut environment for beneficial bacteria in newborn mice.

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Study: “Dirty” Mice More Humanlike

By Tanya Lewis | April 21, 2016

Housing laboratory mice with those reared in a pet store makes the lab rodents’ immune systems more similar to those of people.

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AACR Q&A: Elaine Mardis

By The Scientist Staff | April 18, 2016

The genomics pioneer shares the sessions she most looks forward to at this year’s American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting.

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Microglia Tamp Down Neurogenesis

By Kerry Grens | April 7, 2016

The immune cells—known for clearing dead cells—also chew up live progenitors in neurogenic regions of mouse brains. 

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One Way Placenta Deflects Zika Infection

By Kerry Grens | April 5, 2016

Certain immune cells surrounding the organ appear to block viral entry.

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Guts and Glory

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 1, 2016

An open mind and collaborative spirit have taken Hans Clevers on a journey from medicine to developmental biology, gastroenterology, cancer, and stem cells.

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Parallel Plagues

By Sean B. Carroll | April 1, 2016

Like cancer, ecological scourges result from the breakdown of regulatory processes, and may be treated with similar logic.

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Tumor Traps

By Kerry Grens | April 1, 2016

After surgery to remove a tumor, neutrophils recruited to the site spit out sticky webs of DNA that aid cancer recurrence.

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