neurodegenerative diseases, immunology, ecology
Cellular Senescence in Astrocytes May Play Central Role in Parkinson’s Disease
Cellular Senescence in Astrocytes May Play Central Role in Parkinson’s Disease
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 24, 2018
The elimination of these glia in the mouse brain ameliorated the development of Parkinsonian neuropathologies induced by the pesticide toxin paraquat.  
CRISPR Trial for Cancer Patients Proposed
CRISPR Trial for Cancer Patients Proposed
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 19, 2018
US researchers could become the first outside China to use the gene-editing technique in the clinic. 
California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison
California’s Owls Being Exposed to Rat Poison
Catherine Offord | Jan 14, 2018
Researchers suspect the source of the toxins may be some of the state’s 50,000 or so marijuana farms.
Researchers Develop a Technique to Regenerate the Mouse Thymus
Researchers Develop a Technique to Regenerate the Mouse Thymus
Jim Daley | Jan 12, 2018
The discovery reveals the role of a growth factor and endothelial cells in thymus repair, and could have implications for chemotherapy and radiation patients’ recovery following treatment.
Rising Temperatures and the Elimination of Male Turtles
Rising Temperatures and the Elimination of Male Turtles
Ruth Williams | Jan 10, 2018
The near-complete feminization of northern Great Barrier Reef sea turtles has been blamed on climate change.
Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses
Maternal Response to Zika Damages Mouse Fetuses
Catherine Offord | Jan 5, 2018
Signaling pathways triggered by the mother’s immune system may cause complications during fetal development.
CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice
CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 21, 2017
The gene-editing tool was effective in disabling a defective gene responsible for some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Shawna Williams | Dec 18, 2017
Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.
Antiviral Immunotherapy Comes of Age
Antiviral Immunotherapy Comes of Age
Lucas Laursen | Dec 4, 2017
T-cell therapies are not just for cancer. Researchers are also advancing immunotherapy methods to protect bone marrow transplant patients from viral infections. 
Immune System Targets Diverse Viruses Using the Same Small Peptide
Immune System Targets Diverse Viruses Using the Same Small Peptide
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2017
A single receptor on natural killer cells recognizes an amino acid sequence conserved across Zika, dengue, and related pathogens.