Croaton, immunology, cell & molecular biology
BRCA1 Linked to Alzheimer’s
BRCA1 Linked to Alzheimer’s
Jef Akst | Nov 30, 2015
The cancer-related protein BRCA1 is important for learning and memory in mice and is depleted in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, according to a study.
Ebola’s Effects on the Eye
Ebola’s Effects on the Eye
Tracy Vence | Nov 30, 2015
A second doctor shows symptoms of ocular disease after recovering from Ebola infection.
Cortical Census
Cortical Census
Ruth Williams | Nov 26, 2015
Scientists document the characteristics and connections of mouse neocortical neurons to establish the most detailed microcircuit map to date.
Birth of the Skin Microbiome
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.
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Wiping Out Gut Bugs Stops Obesity
Kerry Grens | Nov 16, 2015
In mice lacking intestinal microbiota, white fat turns brown and obesity is prevented.
Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found
Another Telomere-Regulating Enzyme Found
Jef Akst | Nov 12, 2015
Researchers identify a novel protein that helps maintain the length of chromosome-capping telomeres. 
Blood-Gut Barrier
Blood-Gut Barrier
Ruth Williams | Nov 12, 2015
Scientists identify a barrier in mice between the intestine and its blood supply, and suggest how Salmonella sneaks through it.
Microbes Play Role in Anti-Tumor Response
Microbes Play Role in Anti-Tumor Response
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 5, 2015
Gut microbiome composition can influence the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy in mice.
New Route to Hearing Loss Mapped
New Route to Hearing Loss Mapped
Kerry Grens | Nov 5, 2015
Deficiency in a protein called pejvakin makes inner ear cells more vulnerable to sound, unable to brace themselves against oxidative stress stimulated by noise. 
Ebola’s Immune Escape
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.