Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Amanda Heidt | Oct 20, 2021
Male placentas produce more proinflammatory molecules than female placentas, while people carrying male fetuses produce fewer antibodies in response to infection, a study finds.
Mice that Survive Infection Pass on Stronger Immunity
Mice that Survive Infection Pass on Stronger Immunity
David Adam | Oct 18, 2021
Offspring of animals subjected to a real or simulated pathogen were more able to fend off disease, a study finds.
When the Immune Response Makes COVID-19 Worse
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.
Moderna vs. Pfizer: Is There a “Best” mRNA Vaccine?
Moderna vs. Pfizer: Is There a “Best” mRNA Vaccine?
Alejandra Manjarrez | Sep 24, 2021
Both of the mRNA vaccines available in the US are highly effective against severe COVID-19, but recent studies suggest that Moderna’s elicits a stronger immune response and might be better at preventing breakthrough infections.  
NIH Grants $470 Million for Study of Long COVID
NIH Grants $470 Million for Study of Long COVID
Lisa Winter | Sep 16, 2021
The study aims to recruit 40,000 adults and children to get a better sense of the condition that can last weeks or months after infection.
Infographic: The Havoc SARS-CoV-2 Wreaks on the Body
Infographic: The Havoc SARS-CoV-2 Wreaks on the Body
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2021
COVID-19 affects far more than just the lungs. Researchers are actively documenting the damage the disease causes to the heart, brain, liver, and much more.
SARS-CoV-2’s Wide-Ranging Effects on the Body
SARS-CoV-2’s Wide-Ranging Effects on the Body
Diana Kwon | Sep 1, 2021
Researchers’ painstaking examinations have begun to reveal how the virus wreaks havoc in multiple organs and tissues.
Delta Blues
Delta Blues
Bob Grant | Sep 1, 2021
Humanity was hoping to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic this year. But viruses have plenty of tools at their disposal, and we should plan for a long-term future in which SARS-CoV-2 is a persistent threat.
Gut Microbiome May Help or Hinder Defenses Against SARS-CoV-2
Gut Microbiome May Help or Hinder Defenses Against SARS-CoV-2
Bianca Nogrady | Aug 31, 2021
The health of the microbial community is associated with COVID-19 severity, but it’s not yet clear if the relationship is causal.
Immunologist Thomas Hodge Dies of COVID-19 at 69
Immunologist Thomas Hodge Dies of COVID-19 at 69
Lisa Winter | Aug 30, 2021
A former academic and consultant, Hodge cofounded the CrisiScience Collective to help combat the pandemic.
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Neuron-Released Protein Can Set Off Inflammation: Study
Marcus A. Banks | Aug 19, 2021
Research in mice suggests that moderating nerve activity with drugs or electrical pulses could modify tissue immune responses, curtailing the chronic pain often associated with inflammatory conditions.
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Infographic: Maternal Microbiota Has Lasting Effects on Offspring
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
Work in rodents shows that the bacteria living in a mother’s gut can produce immunomodulatory metabolites and influence the production of maternal antibodies—both of which can affect her offspring’s development.
The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
The Role of Mom’s Microbes During Pregnancy
Carolyn A. Thomson, Kathy D. McCoy | Aug 1, 2021
Bacteria in the gut influence the production of antibodies and themselves secrete metabolites. In a pregnant woman, these compounds may influence immune development of her fetus.
Uterus Transplants Hit the Clinic
Uterus Transplants Hit the Clinic
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2021
With human research trials resulting in dozens of successful deliveries in the US and abroad, doctors move toward offering the surgery clinically, while working to learn all they can about uterine and transplant biology from the still-rare procedure.