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Patients with the rare autoimmune condition, highlighted in the Oscar-nominated film The Big Sick, currently have limited treatment options.

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In response to short DNA fragments, lymphocytes release mitochondrial DNA that helps trigger an immune response.

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UK Judges Receive Primers on Forensic Science

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2018

Scientists in the U.K., in collaboration with members of the judiciary, have launched the first in a series of explanatory documents designed to help integrate science into the courtroom.

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Eat Yourself to Live: Autophagy’s Role in Health and Disease

By Vikramjit Lahiri and Daniel J. Klionsky | March 1, 2018

New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.

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Point of Order

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2018

Watch Niamh Nic Daéid’s TedX talk about forensic evidence in the courtroom.

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Testing treatments on mini tumors may save time in identifying which therapies work best, a new study shows.   

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Sci-Hub Loses Domains and Access to Some Web Services

By Diana Kwon | February 20, 2018

A few months after the American Chemical Society won its lawsuit against the pirate site, the game of virtual whack-a-mole continues.

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CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far

By Catherine Offord | February 16, 2018

The vaccine shows better-than-expected effectiveness against the most common and most virulent strain of influenza in children under 9 years old.

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Stem Cell Vaccine Protects Mice From Cancer

By Ruth Williams | February 15, 2018

Stem cells and cancer cells have enough molecular similarities that the former can be used to trigger immunity against the latter.

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Researchers Produce Alpaca Antibodies Using Yeast

By Catherine Offord | February 14, 2018

With multiple applications in biomedicine, the antibodies can now be made quickly, cheaply, and without the need for an alpaca or one of its relatives.

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