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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
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
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
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 3, 2015
When influenza invades the mouse respiratory tract, neutrophils guide the subsequent T-cell attack on infected tissue, scientists show.
Platelets Fan Inflammation
Kate Yandell | Dec 4, 2014
The circulating blood cells bind to neutrophils, prompting inflammation-related activity in these immune cell partners.
How Bacteria Evade the Immune System
Laasya Samhita | Dec 12, 2013
can quickly evolve to resist engulfment by macrophages, scientists have found.
Gene Therapy Coming of Age?
Dan Cossins | Jul 11, 2013
Using lentiviral vectors to replace mutated genes in blood stem cells, scientists successfully treat two rare diseases apparently without causing harmful side effects.
Ruth Williams | May 16, 2013
The Asian harlequin ladybird carries a biological weapon to wipe out competing species.
Brain Is Command Center for Aging
Kate Yandell | May 1, 2013
Inflammation in the hypothalamus may induce degeneration in tissues throughout the body.
Sarkis Mazmanian: Microbe Machinist
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2013
Professor, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology. Age: 40