China, immunology
Interferon Discoverer Dies
Interferon Discoverer Dies
Kerry Grens | Jan 26, 2015
Jean Lindemann, the virologist who helped figure out that interferons were responsible for anti-viral responses, has passed away at age 90.
Inflammation Overdrive
Inflammation Overdrive
Ruth Williams | Jan 15, 2015
Experimental vaccines that specifically boost T helper cells lead to immunopathology and death in mice.
Fat to the Rescue
Fat to the Rescue
Jenny Rood | Jan 5, 2015
Adipocytes under the skin help fight infections by producing an antimicrobial agent.
A Movable Defense
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.
Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures
Daniel Cossins | Jan 1, 2015
Social adversity shapes humans’ immune systems—and probably their susceptibility to disease—by altering the expression of large groups of genes.
The Year in Pathogens
The Year in Pathogens
Molly Sharlach | Dec 29, 2014
Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research
Repurposed Retroviruses
Repurposed Retroviruses
Ruth Williams | Dec 18, 2014
B cells have commandeered ancient viral sequences in the genome to transmit antigen signals.
Platelets Fan Inflammation
Platelets Fan Inflammation
Kate Yandell | Dec 4, 2014
The circulating blood cells bind to neutrophils, prompting inflammation-related activity in these immune cell partners.
Gut Microbes Trigger Malaria-Fighting Antibodies
Gut Microbes Trigger Malaria-Fighting Antibodies
Molly Sharlach | Dec 4, 2014
A carbohydrate antigen found on cells of E. coli and other species prompts a potent immune response against malaria-causing parasites in mice.
Bespoke Cell Jackets
Bespoke Cell Jackets
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2014
Scientists make hydrogel coats for individual cells that can be tailored to specific research questions.