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Retrotransposon RNA Triggers NLRC4 Inflammasome Formation: Study
Researchers identify a sensor that sets off inflammation in the absence of infection when it detects RNA from the mobile genetic elements.
Retrotransposon RNA Triggers NLRC4 Inflammasome Formation: Study
Retrotransposon RNA Triggers NLRC4 Inflammasome Formation: Study

Researchers identify a sensor that sets off inflammation in the absence of infection when it detects RNA from the mobile genetic elements.

Researchers identify a sensor that sets off inflammation in the absence of infection when it detects RNA from the mobile genetic elements.

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DNA in Cell Cytoplasm Implicated in Age-Related Blindness
Katarina Zimmer | Sep 29, 2021
A new study suggests that DNA synthesized in the cell cytoplasm drives retinal cell death in an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
Macrophages of the Human Eye Come into Focus
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2021
Imaged in real time in living people, immune cells at the surface of the retina could serve as biomarkers to detect retinal and possibly neurological diseases and track their progression.
Image of the Day: Retinal Cell Implant
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Apr 17, 2018
For the first time, a transplant of replacement tissue grown from stem cells has been shown to be feasible for patients with macular degeneration.
Image of the Day: Mouse Cornea
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Jan 30, 2018
Researchers discover a genetic link in mice between thinner corneas and an increased risk of developing glaucoma.
The Bionic Eye
Various Researchers | Oct 1, 2014
Using the latest technologies, researchers are constructing novel prosthetic devices to restore vision in the blind.
Week in Review: March 24–28
Tracy Vence | Mar 28, 2014
Synthetic yeast chromosome; human enhancers and promoters mapped; brain-wide map links fly behaviors to neurons; treating eye diseases with nanotechnology
Smarter Contacts, No More Needles
Sarah Byrne | Mar 26, 2014
Nanotechnology could transform the way clinicians treat eye diseases.
Next Generation: Photoswitch Chemical Restores Sight
Laasya Samhita | Feb 19, 2014
In blind mice, a light-stimulated small molecule temporarily confers photosensitivity to retinal ganglion cells despite rod and cone damage.
Genes Get in Your Eye
Ruth Williams | Jun 12, 2013
Directed evolution of a gene therapy virus vector improves its penetration into the retina.
Restoring Sight
Sabrina Richards | Aug 13, 2012
A strategy to transmit signals to retinal nerve cells may show promise as a step toward alternative retinal prosthesis design.