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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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Historic Adaptations May Now Make Us Susceptible to Disease
Dan Robitzski | Sep 16, 2022 | 5 min read
Researchers made the find using an algorithm that purportedly distinguishes between mutations that were selected for and those that came along for the ride by coincidence, a feat that has long eluded scientists.
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How the Omicron Subvariant BA.5 Became a Master of Disguise—and What It Means for the Current COVID-19 Surge
Suresh V. Kuchipudi, The Conversation | Jul 26, 2022 | 4 min read
Several mechanisms contribute to the increased transmissibility of this SARS-CoV-2 variant.
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Psychological Stress Distracts the Immune System from Fighting Infections
Jennifer Zieba, PhD | 3 min read
Acute stress makes immune cells migrate immediately to the bone marrow, which prepares the body for injury at the expense of increasing infectious disease susceptibility.
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Nasal Vaccines Are Commercially High Risk, Perhaps High Reward
Jef Akst | Jun 13, 2022 | 5+ min read
Dozens of intranasally delivered vaccines targeting SARS-CoV-2 are in development. Could they pave the way for widespread nasal vaccination in the future?
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Science Snapshot: Eye Immunity
Lisa Winter | May 26, 2022 | 1 min read
Researchers find that tissue-resident memory T cells in the corneas of mice engender a lasting immune response.
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What's Mine is Yours: The Immunogenetics of Mating in Anglerfish
Sejal Davla, PhD | 1 min read
A suppressed immune system in anglerfish uncovers potential strategies for tissue transplantation.
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Genetically Altered Mice Harness Benefits of Calorie Restriction  
Sophie Fessl | Feb 11, 2022 | 4 min read
A study identifies a gene that appears to be partially responsible for the health effects of a limited diet.
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Studies Identify Risk Factors for Long COVID
Natalia Mesa | Jan 26, 2022 | 4 min read
Two recent papers provide insight into possible risk factors for developing the chronic condition, including autoantibodies and diabetes.
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Doubts Raised Over Whether Mice Can Truly Inherit Immunity
David Adam | Jan 26, 2022 | 3 min read
An independent lab fails to replicate results suggesting mammals exposed to pathogens could pass on immunological protections through epigenetic mechanisms.
In one of the only known photos of Abraham Lincoln taken on the day of the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln can be seen seated, hatless, just below and to the right of the flag. Lincoln began developing symptoms of smallpox on the train home to Washington, DC.
Presidential Pox, 1863
Annie Melchor | Dec 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Researchers continue to debate whether US President Abraham Lincoln was coming down with smallpox as he delivered his famous Gettysburg Address, and if he had been immunized.
The lungfish has a beige face and grey spotted body with a darker tail fin, as well as four long, spindly appendages. It is on a white background.
Lungfish Cocoons Are Alive, Sort Of
Abby Olena | Nov 17, 2021 | 4 min read
Researchers find that the protective outer layer that lungfish make to survive extended dry periods—once thought to be a simple mucus shell—contains immune cells that trap bacteria and protect the animals from infection.
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Is COVID-19 Seasonal?
Alejandra Manjarrez | Nov 10, 2021 | 5+ min read
While the weather isn’t currently the dominant factor driving SARS-CoV-2 transmission, experts say that in the future COVID-19 may become a disease of winter.
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Does Biological Sex Influence COVID-19 Outcomes?
Annie Melchor | Nov 2, 2021 | 5+ min read
It’s unclear whether differing odds of dying between men and women reflect inherent differences between male and female immune systems or differences rooted in gender norms.
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Mice that Survive Infection Pass on Stronger Immunity
David Adam | Oct 18, 2021 | 3 min read
Offspring of animals subjected to a real or simulated pathogen were more able to fend off disease, a study finds.
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Bacterial Infections Disrupt Flies’ Sense of Smell
Abby Olena | Jul 21, 2021 | 4 min read
The temporary loss of olfaction stops the flies from eating any more of whatever it is that made them sick.
A computer-generated graphic showing a cross-section of red-colored bacteria, with the locations of the protein APOL3 labeled in green.
Human Protein Dissolves Bacterial Membranes
Abby Olena | Jul 15, 2021 | 4 min read
The protein, apolipoprotein L3, destroys invading microbes by acting as a detergent in the cytosol.
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The Quest for a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine
Diana Kwon | Jun 29, 2021 | 5+ min read
Scientists are on the hunt for a shot that will protect against not only SARS-CoV-2, but other members of its family that may emerge in the future.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Combos Aim to Boost Immunity
Asher Jones | Mar 9, 2021 | 5+ min read
Mix-and-match shots could simplify vaccine rollout and stimulate more-robust immune responses. Ongoing clinical trials will soon give answers.
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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Tank a Month After Vaccines Roll Out
Asher Jones | Feb 23, 2021 | 2 min read
Two preliminary reports from the UK provide real-world evidence in support of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.