immune system
Immune Defect Detected in Knockout Mice
Immune Defect Detected in Knockout Mice
Tanya Lewis | May 20, 2016
Researchers have identified a mutation in a commonly used commercial mouse strain that could impact experimental results.
Population Ecologist Dies
Population Ecologist Dies
Jef Akst | May 18, 2016
Ilkka Hanski of the University of Helsinki has passed away at age 63.
Tasmanian Devil Antibodies Fight Cancer
Tasmanian Devil Antibodies Fight Cancer
Jef Akst | May 9, 2016
The proteins could be the key to stopping the transmissible facial tumor disease that is threatening the species.
Study: “Dirty” Mice More Humanlike
Study: “Dirty” Mice More Humanlike
Tanya Lewis | Apr 21, 2016
Housing laboratory mice with those reared in a pet store makes the lab rodents’ immune systems more similar to those of people.
Mutations Not Tied to Metastasis
Mutations Not Tied to Metastasis
Kerry Grens | Feb 25, 2016
Clinical cases link immune changes to a cancer’s spread through the body, but find no role for so-called “driver” mutations.
Infection-Autism Link Explained?
Infection-Autism Link Explained?
Jef Akst | Jan 31, 2016
A mouse study suggests a mechanism by which severe infections during pregnancy increase autism risk. 
When the Flu Vax Fails
When the Flu Vax Fails
Jef Akst | Dec 16, 2015
The status of a person’s immune system can predict when a seasonal flu vaccination will not provide sufficient protection, according to a study. 
Long-Lived Immune Memories
Long-Lived Immune Memories
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 9, 2015
Two types of memory T cells can preserve immunological memories for more than a decade, a study shows. 
An Evolutionary Basis for Allergies
An Evolutionary Basis for Allergies
Karen Zusi | Oct 29, 2015
Some proteins found in parasitic worms bear similarity to those from environmental allergens and cause a similar immune response in humans.
Neutrophils Lead, T Cells Follow
Neutrophils Lead, T Cells Follow
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 3, 2015
When influenza invades the mouse respiratory tract, neutrophils guide the subsequent T-cell attack on infected tissue, scientists show.