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Thanks for the Memories
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2015
B and T cells may be the memory masters of the immune system, but research reveals that other cells can be primed by pathogens, too.
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2015
Regulation of genome expression orchestrates the behavior of insect castes and the human response to social stress.
A Movable Defense
Eugene V. Koonin and Mart Krupovic | Jan 1, 2015
In the evolutionary arms race between pathogens and hosts, genetic elements known as transposons are regularly recruited as assault weapons for cellular defense.
Supporting the “Good” Gut Microbes
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2014
During systemic infection, mice kick-start the production of a specific sugar to feed and protect the beneficial bacteria in their guts while fighting pathogenic strains.
Epigenetics of Trained Innate Immunity
Ruth Williams | Sep 25, 2014
Documenting the epigenetic landscape of human innate immune cells reveals pathways essential for training macrophages.
Activating Beige Fat
Kerry Grens | Jun 5, 2014
An innate immune pathway stimulates the activity of heat-producing adipose tissue in mice.
Vitamin Deficit Can Boost Innate Immunity
Laasya Samhita | Jan 23, 2014
Researchers show that vitamin A deficiency can help protect mice against parasitic worm infections.
Mislabeled Microbes Cause Two Retractions
Ed Yong | Oct 10, 2013
Two papers on plant immunity have been retracted, and questions remain about others with similar results.
Platelets Help Tackle Bacteria
Sabrina Richards | Jun 16, 2013
The cell fragments play a role in the body’s first line of defense against bacterial infection, helping white blood cells grab blood-borne bacteria in the liver.
Natural STD Protection for Women?
Kate Yandell | Feb 28, 2013
An interferon found in the female reproductive tract may help guard against sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes.