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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.
Ruth Williams | Jan 15, 2015
Experimental vaccines that specifically boost T helper cells lead to immunopathology and death in mice.
Fat to the Rescue
Jenny Rood | Jan 5, 2015
Adipocytes under the skin help fight infections by producing an antimicrobial agent.
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.
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
Molly Sharlach | Dec 29, 2014
Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research
Ruth Williams | Dec 18, 2014
B cells have commandeered ancient viral sequences in the genome to transmit antigen signals.
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
Molly Sharlach | Dec 4, 2014
A carbohydrate antigen found on cells of
and other species prompts a potent immune response against malaria-causing parasites in mice.
Bespoke Cell Jackets
Ruth Williams | Dec 1, 2014
Scientists make hydrogel coats for individual cells that can be tailored to specific research questions.