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Mice treated with an immunostimulant had better outcomes when researchers blocked the expression of TNFR2, a compound that helps tumors evade immune attack.

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In the presence of cytosolic DNA, cancer cells activate antiviral pathways that disguise them as immune cells.

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Errors in segregation during cell division can lead to inflammation in daughter cells.

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Genetic Mutation Linked to Cot Death

By Catherine Offord | March 29, 2018

Alterations to a protein involved in breathing may help explain some cases of sudden infant death syndrome, a study finds.

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The drugs’ disruption of the microbiome makes a subsequent flavivirus infection more severe.

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A study finds that the vaccine’s effects wear off as a person ages, suggesting a need for booster shots.

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Recipients of Experimental Herpes Vaccine File Lawsuit

By Catherine Offord | March 15, 2018

The suit claims that Rational Vaccines, the company of recently deceased researcher William Halford, violated US and international laws when it carried out the procedure.

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New Genetic Stroke-Risk Factors Identified

By Catherine Offord | March 13, 2018

Analysis of DNA samples from more than 520,000 people brings the number of known stroke-risk loci to 32. 

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Social Dominance Comes At a Cost

By Richard Kemeny | March 5, 2018

Dominant male mammals are particularly at risk of infection by parasites.

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Diabetes Is Five Diseases, Not Two

By Jim Daley | March 5, 2018

The new classification system could help improve personalized medicine approaches to the disease.

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