3D rendered image of three T cells in grey 
T Cells Ward Off Aging with Help from Their Friends
Immune cells deliver packages of telomeres to T cells, helping them retain their virus-fighting function over time, research suggests.
T Cells Ward Off Aging with Help from Their Friends
T Cells Ward Off Aging with Help from Their Friends

Immune cells deliver packages of telomeres to T cells, helping them retain their virus-fighting function over time, research suggests.

Immune cells deliver packages of telomeres to T cells, helping them retain their virus-fighting function over time, research suggests.

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Bright purple and orange lactobacillus bacteria.
How a Specific Gut Bacterium May Cause Type 1 Diabetes
Dan Robitzski | Aug 25, 2022
A bacterium that produces an insulin-like peptide can give mice type 1 diabetes, and infection with the microbe seems to predict the onset of the disease in humans, a study finds.
Artist’s rendition of light blue monkeypox viruses in front of a black background.
FDA To Stretch Monkeypox Vaccine Supply via Intradermal Injection
Shafaq Zia | Aug 12, 2022
The newly authorized intradermal vaccination only requires one-fifth of the usual vaccine dose. This will help stretch out the limited vaccine supply, experts say, but only if healthcare personnel receive sufficient training.
Leveraging the Microbiome to Break Down Tumor Resistance
Leveraging the Microbiome to Break Down Tumor Resistance
The Scientist Creative Services Team and PerkinElmer
Mat Robinson and Mark Tangney discuss how enhancing the efficacy of immune checkpoint inhibitors improves patient outcomes.
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Can Taking a Test Now Tell You if You’ve Already Had COVID-19?
Natalia Mesa | Aug 8, 2022
The Scientist asks Brigham and Women’s Hospital infectious disease specialist Lindsey Baden about testing for prior infections.
Illustration showing rod-shaped Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria in the lungs of a person with tuberculosis
Delayed T cell Response Allows Tuberculosis to Gain Foothold in Monkeys
Anna Napolitano | Jun 1, 2022
The results could help guide the design of new vaccines for the disease.
Learn About Sero-Surveillance During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Using Sero-Surveillance to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Scientist Creative Services Team and Bio-Rad Laboratories
Immunoassays for detecting, tracking, and testing SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses
Microscopic image of nerves in the eye, a pathogen, and t cells
Science Snapshot: Eye Immunity
Lisa Winter | May 26, 2022
Researchers find that tissue-resident memory T cells in the corneas of mice engender a lasting immune response.
Metal shelves densely packed with preserved tissue specimens of various sizes, all suspended in glass containers.
Evolution of 1918 Flu Virus Traced from Century-Old Samples
Dan Robitzski | May 10, 2022
The work reveals that the pandemic flu was likely the direct predecessor of the seasonal H1N1 flu that circulated for decades.
Cytokine storm
The Next Generation of Immunoassays Support COVID-19 Research
The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Bio-Techne
An automated, microfluidic immunoassay system enables researchers to quickly and reliably measure cytokines in patient blood samples.
A two-pronged needle, a glass vial of smallpox vaccine, and a syringe sit on a blue surface.
Smallpox Vaccine Recruits Skin Bacteria to Fight Disease
Patience Asanga | Apr 26, 2022
A mouse study points to a possible mechanism by which the smallpox vaccine helped eradicate the disease in the 1980s.
A micrograph from the first US case of COVID-19, with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in blue
SARS-CoV-2 Can Spread Via Cell-to-Cell Transmission
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2022
The virus’s ability to slip directly from one cell to another may help it avoid some of the body’s immune responses.
Beyond Acute Respiration: SARS-CoV-2's Effects on Long-Term Physiology
The Scientist Creative Services Team
John Connolly and Masataka Nishiga discuss the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the neurological and cardiovascular systems.
mice on wheel and ground
Exercise-Associated Protein Boosts Brain Function in Mice
Chloe Tenn | Dec 9, 2021
A study that transfused plasma from active to inactive mice suggests the protein clusterin enhances cognition.
illustration of a coronavirus and antibodies
When the Immune Response Makes COVID-19 Worse
Alejandra Manjarrez | Sep 27, 2021
If the immune system makes mistakes—reacting late or getting the target wrong—it can amplify the damage wrought by SARS-CoV-2.
First Responders: SARS-CoV-2 and the Immune System
The Scientist Creative Services Team
Angela Rasmussen and Ya-Chi Ho explore the positive and negative aspects of the host immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection and discuss how this knowledge influences therapeutic benefits.
Updated Mar 8
A healthcare worker holds up three syringes with clear medicine
To Booster or Not: Scientists and Regulators Debate
Jef Akst | Sep 16, 2021
President Biden’s planned rollout of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses is set to begin next week, but questions remain about who should get them.
Illustration of the BCG vaccine and resulting immune response
Infographic: TB Vaccines in the Pipeline Take Varied Approaches
Anthony King | Jul 1, 2021
More than a dozen vaccines for tuberculosis are currently being tested in clinical trials. Some use whole bacteria as BCG does, while others deliver protein subunits or genetic material carried by viral vectors.  
Rapid Characterization of the SARS-CoV-2 Immune Response Using the Simple Western Multi-Antigen Serology Assay
The Scientist Creative Services Team
The Simple Western automated western blotting platform accelerates characterization of the human IgG immune response to COVID-19.
False-colored micrograph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Tuberculosis: The Forgotten Pandemic
Anthony King | Jul 1, 2021
This month marks the 100-year anniversary of BCG, still the only approved vaccine against the lethal pathogen. But there are new vaccines for this wily foe on the horizon.