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Planning for the Next Ebola Outbreak
Bob Grant | Jan 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.
Cord Blood Cells Foretell Food Allergy
Amanda B. Keener | Jan 13, 2016
Scientists link an immune phenotype present at birth to the development of food allergies a year later.
Molecular Fingerprint Predicts Flu Shot Response
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jan 4, 2016
A gene-expression signature correlates with a person’s likelihood of experiencing adverse events after receiving a seasonal flu vaccine, scientists show.
Pregnancy May Explain Ebola Return
Kerry Grens | Dec 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.
When the Flu Vax Fails
Jef Akst | Dec 16, 2015
The status of a person’s immune system can predict when a seasonal flu vaccination will not provide sufficient protection, according to a study.
Ebola’s Effects on the Eye
Tracy Vence | Nov 30, 2015
A second doctor shows symptoms of ocular disease after recovering from Ebola infection.
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.
Microbes Play Role in Anti-Tumor Response
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 5, 2015
Gut microbiome composition can influence the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy in mice.
Ebola’s Immune Escape
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 3, 2015
The virus can persist in several tissues where the immune system is less active. Researchers are working to better understand this phenomenon and how it can stall the clearing of Ebola in survivors.
Fanning the Flames
Kate Yandell | Nov 1, 2015
Obesity triggers a fatty acid synthesis pathway, which in turn helps drive T cell differentiation and inflammation.