obituary, immunology, developmental biology
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 11, 2018
Vaccination reduced the risk of death by two-thirds for children with no other health problems.  
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
“Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV
Shawna Williams | Jun 8, 2018
The receptors, found in so-called elite controllers who don’t need medications to keep the virus in check, suggest a new path toward immunotherapy.
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date
Kerry Grens | Jun 7, 2018
A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.
Nobel-Winning Biochemist Paul Boyer Dies
Nobel-Winning Biochemist Paul Boyer Dies
Shawna Williams | Jun 7, 2018
The UCLA researcher was lauded for figuring out how ATP synthase works.
Medical Statistician Doug Altman Dies
Medical Statistician Doug Altman Dies
Kerry Grens | Jun 5, 2018
The cofounder of the EQUATOR Network devoted his career to boosting transparency and improving the quality of clinical research.
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.  
Jens Christian Skou, Discoverer of the Sodium-Potassium Pump, Dies
Jens Christian Skou, Discoverer of the Sodium-Potassium Pump, Dies
Kerry Grens | May 29, 2018
The Nobel laureate was the first to identify an enzyme moving material across the cell membrane.
Animals’ Embryonic Organizer Now Discovered in Human Cells
Animals’ Embryonic Organizer Now Discovered in Human Cells
Jim Daley | May 23, 2018
The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.