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Toward Targeted Therapies for Autoimmune Disorders

By Lawrence Steinman | June 1, 2016

Training the immune system to cease fire on native tissues could improve outcomes for autoimmune patients, but clinical progress has been slow.

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FDA Approves Bladder Cancer Immunotherapy

By Jef Akst | May 23, 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration greenlights Roche’s Tecentriq, which blocks a protein that obstructs the immune system’s ability to fight cancer.

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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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Copper Stopper

By The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2016

This research found that coating hospital surfaces with copper helped battle microbes and the infections they spread.

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Nanotechnology Could Conquer Hospital-Acquired Infections

By Edward D. Marks and Steven Smith | May 1, 2016

Metal ions and materials with nanoscale patterns can kill even antibiotic-resistant pathogens. 

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Nanoscale Defenses

By Edward D. Marks and Steven Smith | May 1, 2016

Coating hospital surfaces, surgical equipment, patient implants, and water-delivery systems with nanoscale patterns and particles could curb the rise of hospital-acquired infections.

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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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