The Brain’s Immune Cells Stand Sentinel Against Viral Invasion
The Brain’s Immune Cells Stand Sentinel Against Viral Invasion
Some viruses, possibly even SARS-CoV-2, can sneak into the brain through the nose. Recent studies show that microglia are ready for them when they do.
The Brain’s Immune Cells Stand Sentinel Against Viral Invasion
The Brain’s Immune Cells Stand Sentinel Against Viral Invasion

Some viruses, possibly even SARS-CoV-2, can sneak into the brain through the nose. Recent studies show that microglia are ready for them when they do.

Some viruses, possibly even SARS-CoV-2, can sneak into the brain through the nose. Recent studies show that microglia are ready for them when they do.

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Malaria Parasites’ Biological Clocks Coordinate Cell Destruction
Malaria Parasites’ Biological Clocks Coordinate Cell Destruction
Abby Olena | May 14, 2020
Two studies show that Plasmodium—the genus of protozoans that cause malaria—have an internal sense of time that synchronizes with their host’s circadian rhythms and allows the parasites to collectively attack blood cells.
Animal Facilities Make Tough Decisions as Pandemic Closes Labs
Animal Facilities Make Tough Decisions as Pandemic Closes Labs
Abby Olena | Mar 27, 2020
Many researchers have stopped breeding mice, reduced the size of colonies, and established contingency plans in case animal care staff get sick.
Chemosensory Cells in the Nose Play a Role in Allergic Reactions
Chemosensory Cells in the Nose Play a Role in Allergic Reactions
Abby Olena | Jan 17, 2020
In mice, a group of nasal epithelial cells called brush cells release pro-inflammatory signals in response to allergens.
The Influence of Soil on Immune Health
The Influence of Soil on Immune Health
Jef Akst | Jan 8, 2020
Recent work in humans and mice highlights how exposure to environmental microbes helps protect against allergies and other inflammatory diseases.
Gut Microbe Linked to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Gut Microbe Linked to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Abby Olena | Sep 19, 2019
Researchers find strains of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae that produce high levels of alcohol in 60 percent of patients with the condition.
Image of the Day: Tamed Gut Bacteria
Image of the Day: Tamed Gut Bacteria
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 8, 2019
Curbing the growth of harmful bacteria in mouse microbiomes reduces the animals’ incidence of inflammation-related colorectal cancer.
Mouse Genetics Shape the Gut Microbiome More than Their Environment
Mouse Genetics Shape the Gut Microbiome More than Their Environment
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 6, 2019
Neither the maternal microbiome nor housing conditions appear to permanently alter which microbes remain in the animals.
Brain’s Fluid Drains via Lymphatic Vessels at the Base of the Skull
Brain’s Fluid Drains via Lymphatic Vessels at the Base of the Skull
Abby Olena | Jul 24, 2019
Detailed imaging of the rodent central nervous system reveals new information about the route cerebrospinal fluid takes to leave the brain.
Prominent Mouse Genetics Center Could be Shuttered
Prominent Mouse Genetics Center Could be Shuttered
Shawna Williams | Jun 21, 2019
Staff at the UK’s Harwell Institute were notified that a strategy board recommended halting its academic work, but a final decision is months away.