World First: Human Case of Keystone Virus Identified
A Florida teenager is the first person with a confirmed infection by the mosquito-borne virus.
World First: Human Case of Keystone Virus Identified
World First: Human Case of Keystone Virus Identified

A Florida teenager is the first person with a confirmed infection by the mosquito-borne virus.

A Florida teenager is the first person with a confirmed infection by the mosquito-borne virus.

infectious disease, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics, immunology
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 21, 2018

A new study shows that the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients have a greater viral load, while another study in mice shows infection leads to amyloid-β build up.

Common Gene Variants Found Among Psychiatric Disorders
Common Gene Variants Found Among Psychiatric Disorders
Abby Olena | Jun 21, 2018
In the largest-ever study of its kind, researchers combined genomic data from nearly 900,000 patients and healthy individuals to identify commonalities among 10 mental illnesses.
Caffeine-Triggered Cells Help Control Blood Sugar in Diabetic Mice
Caffeine-Triggered Cells Help Control Blood Sugar in Diabetic Mice
Diana Kwon | Jun 20, 2018
Scientists engineered human cells to produce a molecule that stimulates insulin secretion in the presence of caffeine.
Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 20, 2018
The stem cell–derived transplants were stable for 24 months and led to wide-ranging behavioral improvements in the monkeys.  
Positive Trial Results for Experimental DMD Gene Therapy
Positive Trial Results for Experimental DMD Gene Therapy
Catherine Offord | Jun 20, 2018
Preliminary data from Sarepta Therapeutics has exceeded expectations, causing a surge in company stock prices this week.
Novel Method Could Accelerate DNA Synthesis
Novel Method Could Accelerate DNA Synthesis
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018
The new technique uses an enzyme found in vertebrate immune systems to attach nucleotides to a growing strand.  
New Database Expands Number of Estimated Human Protein-Coding Genes
New Database Expands Number of Estimated Human Protein-Coding Genes
Diana Kwon | Jun 19, 2018
Some scientists are not yet convinced that the list is accurate.
Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study
Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 19, 2018
The surviving animals may have evolved genes that provided an advantage in fighting the disease.  
Laxative Causes Long-Term Changes to Mouse Microbiome
Laxative Causes Long-Term Changes to Mouse Microbiome
Abby Olena | Jun 14, 2018
Acute bouts of diarrhea could have lasting effects on the microbiota and host immune system activation, a mouse study suggests.