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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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Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung

By Tracy Vence | May 25, 2016

Researchers assess some of the downstream effects of treating livestock with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

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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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Post-publication peer review prompts the authors to clarify the ages of mice used in their experiments and share additional data.

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

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Secret Genome Meeting

By Jef Akst | May 16, 2016

A closed-door gathering at Harvard last week hosted researchers talking about synthesizing entire genomes, including that of humans. 

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Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotic Could Spare the Microbiome

By Amanda B. Keener | May 9, 2016

A drug that singles out Staphylococcus aureus leaves gut-dwelling microbiota largely intact, a mouse study shows.

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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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Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | May 4, 2016

Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.

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