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Fanning the Flames

By Kate Yandell | November 1, 2015

Obesity triggers a fatty acid synthesis pathway, which in turn helps drive T cell differentiation and inflammation.

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Not Immune to Fat

By Kate Yandell | November 1, 2015

The effect of a high-fat diet on murine T cells

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Weak Support for Malaria Vaccine

By Kerry Grens | October 27, 2015

The World Health Organization recommends more pilot trials.

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B Cells Can Drive Inflammation in MS

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 21, 2015

Researchers identify a subset of proinflammatory cytokine-producing B cells that may spark multiple sclerosis-related inflammation.  

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Two-Faced Proteins May Tackle HIV Reservoirs

By Amanda B. Keener | October 21, 2015

Researchers design antibody-like proteins to awaken and destroy HIV holdouts.

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Buzzed Honeybees

By Karen Zusi | October 20, 2015

Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.

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One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened

By Karen Zusi | October 6, 2015

A global assessment of declining cacti populations places responsibility on increasing human activities.

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Genetic Repression Boosts Memory

By Kate Yandell | October 1, 2015

Expression or translation of some genes must be turned off in the mouse hippocampus for memories to form.

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Dengue’s Downfall?

By Jef Akst | September 15, 2015

Researchers characterize a protein that could be key to the virus’s virulence—and to developing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease.

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Immune Cells Can Deliver Deadly Packages

By Amanda B. Keener | September 8, 2015

Much of the CD4+ T-cell death that occurs during HIV infection may be caused by direct delivery of the virus from neighboring cells, a study shows.

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