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After Relocation, an Endangered Species Stops Avoiding Predator Scents
After Relocation, an Endangered Species Stops Avoiding Predator Scents
Abby Olena | Jun 6, 2018
Researchers find that conserving marsupials on a predator-free island dampens their avoidance behaviors, which could mean trouble for their reintroduction to mainland Australia.
Microbiome Differences Between Farmers and City-Dwellers Start Early
Microbiome Differences Between Farmers and City-Dwellers Start Early
Shawna Williams | Jun 5, 2018
Compared with their urban counterparts, babies and toddlers in rural Nigeria have gut microbiota that more closely resembles that of adults in their community.
New Insights to Improve CAR T Cells’ Safety
New Insights to Improve CAR T Cells’ Safety
Vicki Brower | Jun 5, 2018
Drugs approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis block cytokines, the molecules responsible for severe side effects from the immunotherapy, and reduce symptoms in mice.
A T-Cell Tweak Combats Advanced Breast Cancer
A T-Cell Tweak Combats Advanced Breast Cancer
Ashley Yeager | Jun 5, 2018
The immunotherapy eliminated a woman’s metastatic lesions and kept her disease-free for two years.
Immunotherapy Drug Shows Promise for Melanoma, Lung Cancer
Immunotherapy Drug Shows Promise for Melanoma, Lung Cancer
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 4, 2018
Merck’s Keytruda extended the lives of lung cancer patients by several months and appeared to stop the progression of advanced melanoma.  
Pioneering Heart Transplant Program Suspended
Pioneering Heart Transplant Program Suspended
Kerry Grens | Jun 4, 2018
The move by Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center follows an investigative news report detailing surgical errors and poor research practices.
Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe
Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018
The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  
Productivity Paradox
Productivity Paradox
Jim Daley | Jun 1, 2018
During the last ice age, there wasn’t much plant matter to eat on northern steppes, but herbivorous woolly mammoths were abundant. How did they survive?
Infographic: Researchers Aim to Predict How Pathogens Jump Species
Infographic: Researchers Aim to Predict How Pathogens Jump Species
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018

Understanding the factors that influence spillover could help forecast future epidemics.

 

Infographic: Can Archaea Teach Us About the Evolution of Eukaroyotes?
Infographic: Can Archaea Teach Us About the Evolution of Eukaroyotes?
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2018
The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.