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Ancient Viral DNA Helps Mouse Brains Fight Infection
Mammals that give birth to live young may have evolved to make use of the remnants of viruses in their genomes to ward off pathogens, a study suggests. 
Ancient Viral DNA Helps Mouse Brains Fight Infection
Ancient Viral DNA Helps Mouse Brains Fight Infection

Mammals that give birth to live young may have evolved to make use of the remnants of viruses in their genomes to ward off pathogens, a study suggests. 

Mammals that give birth to live young may have evolved to make use of the remnants of viruses in their genomes to ward off pathogens, a study suggests. 

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Microscopic photograph of brain tissue demonstrating the characteristics of Alzheimer's disease
David Gate Probes Links Between Alzheimer’s and the Immune System
James M. Gaines | Nov 1, 2021 | 4 min read
The Northwestern University researcher studies how adaptive immune cells influence neurodegenerative disease.
One white mouse with red eyes runs on a blue exercise wheel, while another mouse stands with front paws on the wheel
Serious Infections Linked to Autism: Study
Abby Olena | Sep 17, 2021 | 5 min read
In both a mouse model and the hospital records of more than 3 million children, researchers found a connection between strong immune activation in males and later symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.
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Blood Replacement Rescues Mice from Stroke Damage
Amanda Heidt | Aug 31, 2020 | 5 min read
When mice that had suffered a stroke were given blood from a healthy donor, they experienced less tissue and neurological damage.
Image of the Day: Memory Erasure
Amy Schleunes | Feb 12, 2020 | 1 min read
By trimming synapses in the adult mouse hippocampus, microglia help facilitate forgetting.
Excess of Immune Cells Found in Brains of People with Autism
Ashley Yeager | Jan 13, 2020 | 5 min read
An accumulation of T cells and astrocytes in postmortem brain tissue hints at possible autoimmune origins for many cases of autism.
Microglia Cause Cognitive Decline in Obese Mice
Diana Kwon | Sep 10, 2018 | 3 min read
The brain’s immune cells gobble up synapses in the hippocampi of rodents fed high-fat or high-sugar diets.
Tiny Tunnels Run from the Skull to the Brain: Study
Ashley Yeager | Aug 29, 2018 | 2 min read
Immune cells travel through these passageways to get to injured tissue quickly, researchers say.
Image of the Day: Brain, Heal Thyself
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | Apr 20, 2018 | 1 min read
When a mouse’s brain undergoes traumatic injury, immune cells clear the dead from the affected area, after which blood cells swoop in to repair blood vessels.
Nosing Around
Mary Beth Aberlin | Nov 1, 2016 | 3 min read
Covering neuroscience research means choosing from an embarrassment of riches.
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