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Booger Bacteria’s Sweet Immune Suppression

By Ruth Williams | September 6, 2017

Sweet taste receptor-activating molecules produced by sinus microbes suppress the local innate immune system in humans.

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Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found

By Shawna Williams | September 5, 2017

Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.

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An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2017

A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.

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How Immune Receptors Got into Mouse Noses

By Shawna Williams | September 1, 2017

A study traces proteins’ evolution from the immune to the olfactory system.

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Do Microbes Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Jill U. Adams | September 1, 2017

The once fringe idea is gaining traction among the scientific community.

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Emerging evidence links bacterial or viral infection with the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

By Ashley Yeager | August 28, 2017

A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.

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Dengue Infection Impairs Immune Defense Against Zika

By Catherine Offord | August 18, 2017

A memory B cell response to Zika virus in dengue-infected patients produced antibodies that were poorly neutralizing in vitro and instead enhanced infection.

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Pollution Drives Marine Reptile Color Change

By Bob Grant | August 11, 2017

The turtle-headed sea snake is losing its stripes, and researchers suggest that the change reflects adaptation to fouled oceans.

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The Ever-Expanding T-Cell World: A Primer

By Ashley P. Taylor | August 7, 2017

Researchers continue to identify new T-cell subtypes—and devise ways to use them to fight cancer. The Scientist attempts to catalog them all.

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