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MYC Helps Cancer Hide
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 10, 2016
The transcriptional regulator dampens the immune system’s ability to elicit an antitumor response, a study shows.
Birth of the Skin Microbiome
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 17, 2015
The immune system tolerates the colonization of commensal bacteria on the skin with the aid of regulatory T cells during the first few weeks of life, a mouse study shows.
Neutrophils Lead, T Cells Follow
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 3, 2015
When influenza invades the mouse respiratory tract, neutrophils guide the subsequent T-cell attack on infected tissue, scientists show.
Measles Vax’s Off-Target Effects
Jef Akst | May 11, 2015
Researchers find evidence that measles vaccines reduced deaths from other infectious diseases due to “immune amnesia.”
T Cells of the Skin
Ruth Williams | Mar 18, 2015
A census of adaptive immune system components in human skin reveals a variety of resident and traveling memory T cells.
Monitoring the Development of Adaptive Immunity
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 25, 2015
Sequencing cells from human fetal blood samples, researchers track the development of the adaptive immune system throughout gestation.
Thanks for the Memories
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2015
B and T cells may be the memory masters of the immune system, but research reveals that other cells can be primed by pathogens, too.
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2015
Regulation of genome expression orchestrates the behavior of insect castes and the human response to social stress.
A Movable Defense
Eugene V. Koonin and Mart Krupovic | Jan 1, 2015
In the evolutionary arms race between pathogens and hosts, genetic elements known as transposons are regularly recruited as assault weapons for cellular defense.
Newly ID’d Transposons Involve Cas
Kerry Grens | May 27, 2014
Researchers uncover a group of mobile genetic elements in bacteria and archaea encoding a Cas enzyme.