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By Karen Zusi | February 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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Fungal Security Force

By Karen Zusi | February 1, 2016

In yew trees, Taxol-producing fungi function as an immune system to ward off pathogens.

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Holding Their Ground

By Amanda B. Keener | February 1, 2016

To protect the global food supply, scientists want to understand—and enhance—plants’ natural resistance to pathogens.

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Plant Immunity

By Amanda B. Keener | February 1, 2016

How plants fight off pathogens

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Infection-Autism Link Explained?

By Jef Akst | January 31, 2016

A mouse study suggests a mechanism by which severe infections during pregnancy increase autism risk. 

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Cross-Reactive Ebola Antibodies

By Anna Azvolinsky | January 21, 2016

Human monoclonal antibodies induced during Ebola infection are able to neutralize related viral species, scientists show. 

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Planning for the Next Ebola Outbreak

By Bob Grant | January 20, 2016

A public-health nonprofit and an international drugmaker team up to stockpile hundreds of thousands of doses of a promising vaccine and to speed along the approval process.

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Cord Blood Cells Foretell Food Allergy

By Amanda B. Keener | January 13, 2016

Scientists link an immune phenotype present at birth to the development of food allergies a year later.

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Molecular Fingerprint Predicts Flu Shot Response

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | January 4, 2016

A gene-expression signature correlates with a person’s likelihood of experiencing adverse events after receiving a seasonal flu vaccine, scientists show. 

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Pregnancy May Explain Ebola Return

By Kerry Grens | December 21, 2015

Health officials suspect recently reported cases of the disease in Liberia might stem from a flare-up of the virus in a survivor who became pregnant.

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