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Infographic: How Immunology Can Influence Pregnancy Outcomes
Pregnancy-induced changes in the immune system are key to a successful birth. Understanding those changes could allow researchers to protect both mother and child.
Infographic: How Immunology Can Influence Pregnancy Outcomes
Infographic: How Immunology Can Influence Pregnancy Outcomes

Pregnancy-induced changes in the immune system are key to a successful birth. Understanding those changes could allow researchers to protect both mother and child.

Pregnancy-induced changes in the immune system are key to a successful birth. Understanding those changes could allow researchers to protect both mother and child.

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Illustration of pregnancy and the immune system
Modulating Immunity to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes
Tobias R. Kollmann, Arnaud Marchant, and Sing Sing Way | Nov 14, 2022 | 10+ min read
Aberrant immune activation, the main cause of prematurity and stillbirths, could be preventable through interventions such as maternal vaccination. 
Hawaiian Bobtail squid
Symbiotic Organs: Extreme Intimacy with the Microbial World
Catherine Offord | Oct 3, 2022 | 10+ min read
All multicellular creatures interact with bacteria, but some have taken the relationship to another level with highly specialized structures that house, feed, and exploit the tiny organisms.
Illustration of a Hawaiian Bobtail squid
Infographic: Symbiotic Organs Bring Hosts and Microbes Closer
Catherine Offord | Oct 3, 2022 | 2 min read
Specialized structures in plants and animals help attract and mediate communication with bacterial symbionts.
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Finding Could Pave the Way to New, Targeted Antibody Treatments
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Jul 8, 2022 | 3 min read
IgA antibodies appear to bind to specific species of commensal gut bacteria in mice, according to a study.
ABOVE: A pair of Labroides dimidiatus cleaner fish cleaning a puffer fish
Cleaner Fish Alter Behavior if Partners Can See Them “Cheating”
Chloe Tenn | Oct 7, 2021 | 4 min read
A study of feeding behavior suggests the fish feed differently in front of their partners—a behavioral feature also found in primates.
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Gut Fungi Hamper Radiation Therapy in Mice with Cancer
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Aug 11, 2021 | 3 min read
Depleting intestinal fungi allows radiation to effectively fight cancer, likely because the microbes influence the antitumor immune response.
Honeybee Microbes Shape the Colony’s Social Behavior
Max Kozlov | Jan 1, 2021 | 4 min read
Recent research shows that the insect’s microbial community is central to protecting the hive from invaders—both big and small.
Regulator of Mysterious Gut Antibodies Identified
Ruth Williams | Jul 31, 2020 | 3 min read
A B-cell receptor critical for the production of a subset of intestinal antibodies has been pinpointed, but the function of those antibodies remains unclear.
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Do Commensal Microbes Stoke the Fire of Autoimmunity?
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 1, 2019 | 10+ min read
Molecules produced by resident bacteria and their hosts may signal immune cells to attack the body’s own tissues.
Commensal Mimicry in Autoimmune Disease
Infographic: Commensal Mimicry in Autoimmune Disease
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 1, 2019 | 1 min read
Antigens originating from the microbiome may trigger an autoimmune response.
Rat Remains Reveal Landscape Changes Wrought by Human Settlement of Polynesia
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Isotope changes in the bones demonstrate a similar pattern across far-flung islands.
A Bacterial Messenger Molecule Extends Healthspan
Sandhya Sekar | Aug 27, 2017 | 3 min read
E. coli that make indoles protect older worms, flies, and mice from frailty. 
TS Picks: October 17, 2016
Kerry Grens | Oct 17, 2016 | 2 min read
Problematic dietary advice; the man whose cells were fixed with CRISPR; treating toads
Breast Milk Primes Gut for Microbes
Ruth Williams | May 5, 2016 | 4 min read
Maternal antibodies engender a receptive gut environment for beneficial bacteria in newborn mice.
Behavior Brief
Catherine Offord | Mar 24, 2016 | 4 min read
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
The Mycobiome
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Feb 1, 2016 | 8 min read
The largely overlooked resident fungal community plays a critical role in human health and disease.
The Fungi Within
Mahmoud Ghannoum | Jan 31, 2016 | 2 min read
Diverse fungal species live in and on the human body.
Blood-Gut Barrier
Ruth Williams | Nov 12, 2015 | 3 min read
Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.
Commensal Defense
Kate Yandell | Jan 8, 2015 | 4 min read
Beneficial gut bacteria have evolved resistance to antimicrobial peptides that hosts release to fight pathogens.
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