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Making CAR T-Cell Therapy Safer

By Catherine Offord | April 1, 2017

Following a spate of patient deaths in clinical trials testing modified T cells for the treatment of cancer, researchers work to reduce the treatment’s toxicity without sacrificing efficacy.

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Neoantigens Enable Personalized Cancer Immunotherapy

By Stephen P. Schoenberger and Ezra Cohen | April 1, 2017

Tumors’ mutations can encode the seeds of their own destruction, in the form of immunogenic peptides recognized by T cells.

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image: Infographic: Antibody Cancer Therapy

Infographic: Antibody Cancer Therapy

By Ruth Williams | April 1, 2017

An experimental technique removes T cells that aid in vitro tumor growth.

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image: Infographic: Targeting Cancer Antigens

Infographic: Targeting Cancer Antigens

By Stephen P. Schoenberger and Ezra Cohen | April 1, 2017

Neoantigens may serve as valuable targets for new immunotherapies.

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image: Targeting Tregs Halts Cancer’s Immune Helpers

Targeting Tregs Halts Cancer’s Immune Helpers

By Ruth Williams | April 1, 2017

New monoclonal antibodies kill both cancer-promoting immunosuppressive cells and tumor cells in culture.

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Anti-Flavivirus Antibodies Enhance Zika Infection in Mice

By Anna Azvolinsky | March 30, 2017

Researchers report evidence of antibody-dependent enhancement in a Zika-infected, immunocompromised mouse model.

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Experimental MERS Treatments Target Host Cell Receptor

By Ashley Yeager | March 30, 2017

Researchers are searching for ways to prevent the coronavirus from attaching to DPP-4 receptors, blocking it from invading and replicating within host cells.

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image: Study: Diet Contributes to Brain Size

Study: Diet Contributes to Brain Size

By Diana Kwon | March 30, 2017

The results of a historical primate behavior analysis suggest that species with fruit-filled diets evolved larger brains.

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image: Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up

Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up

By Jef Akst | March 24, 2017

An analysis of 74 dinosaur species leads a group of researchers to reorganize the extinct animals’ evolutionary history.

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image: Sharks May Have Evolved from Acanthodians

Sharks May Have Evolved from Acanthodians

By Joshua A. Krisch | March 14, 2017

Analysis of an ancient shark fossil provides the strongest evidence to date that modern sharks derive from a class of 400 million–year-old bony fish.

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