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Mammalian Immunity: What’s RNAi Got to Do with It?

By Shawna Williams | July 21, 2017

A new study adds to the evidence that mammalian cells can use small interfering RNAs to defend against viruses, but questions remain about physiological importance.

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Bacteriophages to the Rescue

By Emily Monosson | July 17, 2017

Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.


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Book Excerpt from Natural Defense

By Emily Monosson | July 17, 2017

In Chapter 3, “The Enemy of Our Enemy Is Our Friend: Infecting the Infection,” author Emily Monosson makes the case for bacteriophage therapy in the treatment of infectious disease.


Using single-cell RNA sequencing, scientists characterize new populations of dendritic cells and monocytes.


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Untreatable Gonorrhea Rising Globally

By Diana Kwon | July 7, 2017

Fifty countries report strains of the bacteria that are resistant to last-resort antibiotics.


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Image of the Day: Fungal Fireworks

By The Scientist Staff | June 26, 2017

The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus begins to grow biofilms as it develops into a larger intertwined network.


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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.


The discovery of peptides, enzymes, and other gene products that confer antibiotic resistance could give clues to how it develops.

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


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Art’s Diagnosticians

By Abby Olena | June 12, 2017

Physicians peer into the subjects of artistic masterpieces, and find new perspective on their own approach to diagnosing maladies.


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