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Bird Flu Mutation Risk

By Ed Yong | June 6, 2013

Some H5N1 and H7N9 bird flu viruses could be one mutation away from spreading efficiently between humans.

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Muscle Disease Gene Identified in Fish

By Ed Yong | June 4, 2013

Scientists discover gene behind an inherited muscle disorder by studying zebrafish embryos.

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Gene Transfer Beats Some Flu Strains

By Dan Cossins | May 31, 2013

Mice and ferrets are protected from several deadly viruses when genes encoding “broadly neutralizing antibodies” are delivered into their nasal passages.

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Malaria parasites transmitted via mosquitoes elicit a more effective immune response and cause less severe infection than those directly injected into red blood cells.

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Inhibit Mitochondria to Live Longer?

By Sabrina Richards | May 22, 2013

Researchers find that reducing mitochondrial protein production in some animals can increase lifespan by activating a protective stress response.

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Macrophages Drive Regeneration

By Edyta Zielinska | May 22, 2013

The activity of one type of immune cell helps regrow the limbs of amputated salamanders.

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Vitamin C Slays TB Bacteria

By Dan Cossins | May 21, 2013

The essential nutrient can kill drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis by producing oxidative radicals that damage DNA.

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Protective Phages

By Edyta Zielinska | May 20, 2013

Viruses that attack bacteria may be an important component of our gut microbiota.

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Blood Protein Rejuvenates Aging Heart

By Dan Cossins | May 10, 2013

A molecule found only in the blood of young mice dramatically reverses thickening and stiffening of the heart muscle in old mice.

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Discoverer of Lysosomes Dies

By Kate Yandell | May 8, 2013

Christian de Duve chose to be euthanized at home in Belgium at age 95.

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