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Cell Cannibalism as Cancer Defense

By Jef Akst | July 11, 2017

A new study suggests that the mysterious process by which one cell consumes another may be triggered by cell division, potentially helping to fight tumor growth.

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The cell-surface receptor, SIRP-alpha, initiates the innate immune response in hosts.  

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Gut Feeling

By Ruth Williams | June 22, 2017

Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.

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T Cells That Drive Toxic Shock in Mice Identified

By Ashley Yeager | June 20, 2017

Overzealous activity by mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells in response to bacterial toxins can lead to illness instead of stopping it.

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Sex Reversal Mystery Explained?

By Jef Akst | June 15, 2017

A proposed mechanism for how bearded dragons with male chromosomes hatch as females at high temperatures

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Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.

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Distinguished Autism Researcher Dies

By Diana Kwon | June 13, 2017

A child neurologist, Isabelle Rapin popularized the notion that autism was part of a spectrum of disorders.

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Scientists provide evidence that blood-flow patterns in six-month-old babies’ brains can accurately predict cognitive and behavioral markers of autism spectrum disorder two years later.  

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The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.

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Pinpointing the Culprit

By Rachel Berkowitz | June 1, 2017

Identifying immune cell subsets with CyTOF

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