immunology, ecology, evolution
Measles Vax’s Off-Target Effects
Measles Vax’s Off-Target Effects
Jef Akst | May 11, 2015
Researchers find evidence that measles vaccines reduced deaths from other infectious diseases due to “immune amnesia.”
The Rise of Heads
The Rise of Heads
Bob Grant | May 11, 2015
A 500 million-year-old brain fossil yields clues to the evolution of heads.
Oldest Ancestor of Modern Birds Found
Oldest Ancestor of Modern Birds Found
Jenny Rood | May 6, 2015
Fossils of a new species discovered in China suggest birds developed 6 million years earlier than previously thought.
Outsmarting HIV
Outsmarting HIV
Jef Akst | May 4, 2015
Small molecules that mimic the T-cell surface receptor CD4 could expose the virus to antibody-based immune responses.
Climate Change Speeds Extinctions
Climate Change Speeds Extinctions
Kerry Grens | May 3, 2015
Species die-offs are expected to accelerate as greenhouse gases accumulate, according to a meta-analysis.
Winged Dino Found?
Winged Dino Found?
Bob Grant | May 1, 2015
Researchers describe a small species that may have soared through Jurassic skies on membranous wings like those of bats and flying squirrels.
Llamas as Lab Rats
Llamas as Lab Rats
Jenny Rood | May 1, 2015
From diagnostics to vaccines, llama antibodies point to new directions in HIV research.
Looking for Latent HIV
Looking for Latent HIV
Jenny Rood | May 1, 2015
Sequencing HIV integration sites suggests that clonally expanded T-cell populations may not be the main source of latent virus.
Filippos Porichis: Immunoregulator
Filippos Porichis: Immunoregulator
Kerry Grens | May 1, 2015
Principal Investigator, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard. Age: 33
Soluble Signal
Soluble Signal
Jenny Rood | May 1, 2015
An immune protein previously thought to mark inactive T cells has a free-floating form that correlates with HIV disease progression.