histone methylation, microbiology, immunology
Ants Share Pathogens for Immunity
Sabrina Richards | Apr 3, 2012
A new study shows that grooming by ants promotes colony-wide resistance to fungal infections by transferring small amounts of pathogen to nestmates.
Next Generation: Painless Vaccine Patch
Megan Scudellari | Apr 2, 2012
Vaccination via tiny microneedles elicits a powerful immune response in the skin.
Let Them Eat Dirt
Megan Scudellari | Mar 22, 2012
Early exposure to microbes shapes the mammalian immune system by subduing inflammatory T cells.
Immune Role in Brain Disorder?
Hannah Waters | Mar 19, 2012
Replacing immune cells in a mouse model of Rett syndrome, a developmental brain disorder, improved symptoms, suggesting a new target for treatment.
Transplant Without Drugs?
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 8, 2012
A new method for transplanting immunologically mismatched organs may remove the need for life-long immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2012
Meet some of the people featured in the March 2012 issue of The Scientist.
How Drugs Interact with a Baby’s Parts
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 1, 2012
A lot changes in a child’s body over the course of development, and not all changes occur linearly: gene expression can fluctuate, and organs can perform different functions on the way to their final purpose in the body. Here are some of the key deve
Biota Babble
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 1, 2012
Editor's choice in immunology
Child-Proofing Drugs
Edyta Zielinska | Mar 1, 2012
When children need medications, getting the dosing and method of administration right is like trying to hit a moving target with an untried weapon.
Skin-Deep Immunity
Megan Scudellari | Feb 29, 2012
Immune cells in skin provide powerful protection against infection, suggesting new routes for vaccination.