immune system
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.  
Platelets Fan Inflammation
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
How Bacteria Evade the Immune System
Laasya Samhita | Dec 12, 2013
Escherichia coli can quickly evolve to resist engulfment by macrophages, scientists have found.
Gene Therapy Coming of Age?
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.