three children outside with winter gear wearing surgical masks
The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?
Cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses sank dramatically during the pandemic, with potential implications for both people and pathogens.  
The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?
The Pandemic Crushed the Flu—What Happens When It Returns?

Cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses sank dramatically during the pandemic, with potential implications for both people and pathogens.  

Cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses sank dramatically during the pandemic, with potential implications for both people and pathogens.  

plastids, immunology
Barbara Murphy wearing a white lab coat, facing the camera with a blue background
Nephrologist Barbara Murphy Dies at 56
Lisa Winter | Jul 6, 2021
Her work led to more predictable outcomes for kidney transplants.
a pink and purple micrograph of a longitudinal section of human spinal ganglion cells
Mouse Study Suggests Fibromyalgia Has Autoimmune Roots
Annie Melchor | Jul 2, 2021
When researchers injected mice with antibodies from fibromyalgia patients, the animals developed symptoms of the disease—suggesting that it may be controlled by the immune system, not the nervous system.
The adaptive and innate immune responses collaborate to attack T-cell resistant cancer cells
LabTalk Podcast - Phagocidal Macrophages: A New Battle Tactic Against Resistant Cancers
The Scientist Creative Services Team and 10x Genomics
The adaptive and innate immune responses collaborate to attack T-cell resistant cancer cells.
Stress Paralyzes Immune Cells
Emma Yasinski | Jul 1, 2021
Scientists show that an influx of noradrenaline can halt immune cells in mice.
the molecular structure of interferon-alpha
Lots of Rapid Evolution in Interferon-Stimulated Genes: Study
Christie Wilcox | Jul 1, 2021
A comparison of interferon-related genes across 20 primate genomes reveals differences in the speed at which they evolve and new targets for antiviral discovery efforts.
Molecular Farming: The Future of Pharmaceuticals
The Scientist Speaks - Molecular Farming: The Future of Pharmaceuticals
Niki Spahich, PhD
Julian Ma discusses past, present, and future uses of plant biotechnology for disease treatments.
close-up of empty vaccine vials in a factory
The Quest for a Universal Coronavirus Vaccine
Diana Kwon | Jun 29, 2021
Scientists are on the hunt for a shot that will protect against not only SARS-CoV-2, but other members of its family that may emerge in the future.
An illustration of several human heads wearing masks
Q&A: Human Challenge Studies of COVID-19 Underway in UK
Jef Akst | Jun 18, 2021
Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Oxford are exposing healthy volunteers to SARS-CoV-2 for science.
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Training Immune Cells to Be Cancer Killers
Aparna Nathan
A career-altering experience as a cancer patient motivated one researcher to design more potent immunotherapies.
A vial containing a red blood sample is balanced on its end on a table or desk by someone wearing a blue medical glove on their right hand
New Evidence Shows COVID-19 Was in US Weeks Before Thought
Abby Olena | Jun 17, 2021
Some of the blood specimens collected in the United States for the NIH’s All of Us research program starting on January 2, 2020, have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.
A scanning electron micrograph of a fetal gut, pseudocolored in yellow and blue
Microbes in Human Fetuses Spur Immune Development
Abby Olena | Jun 3, 2021
Researchers identify live bacteria in fetal guts, skin, lungs, and placentas that activate memory T cells, indicating that early exposure to microbes could help educate the developing immune system.
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Can mRNA Vaccine Momentum Propel Tumor Immunotherapies?
Aparna Nathan
A guide to mRNA-based cancer vaccines and where they’re headed next
Mucosal Vaccines Protect Mice from Viruses, Cancer
Emma Yasinski | Jun 1, 2021
Scientists use a protein found in mucus membranes to ferry vaccines to the lymph nodes.
A hospital corridor with empty gurney
Severe Symptoms of MIS-C Typically Clear Within Six Months: Study
Catherine Offord | May 26, 2021
Some children who experience the severe inflammatory condition after COVID-19 may continue to experience milder problems such as muscle weakness or anxiety even after that period, according to a small observational study in the UK.
Exploring the Transcriptome
Connecting the Transcriptome to the Functional Proteome of Single Cells Using a Novel Platform
The Scientist Creative Services Team in Collaboration with IsoPlexis
Rui Zheng and Patrick Paczkowski will discuss a new, highly multiplexed, simultaneous single cell transcriptomics and functional proteomics platform.
US and Chinese flags
Ohio State Researcher Sentenced to Prison for Secret China Ties
Lisa Winter | May 17, 2021
Rheumatologist Song Guo Zheng pleaded guilty in November to delivering US-funded research to China.
Close-up shot of smooth cauliflower polyps
Comprehensive Atlas of Reef-Building Coral’s Cells Created
Christie Wilcox | May 13, 2021
Single-cell RNA sequencing helps to catalog the dozens of cell types present in a stony coral, including its elusive immune cells.
blood plasma
Trapped Inflammatory Molecules Contribute to Long COVID
Roni Dengler, PhD
Microclots in blood plasma may be behind Long COVID’s chronic symptoms.
Transmission electron microscope image of Zika virus particles
T Cell–Boosting Zika Vaccine Protects Mice from the Virus
Ruth Williams | May 12, 2021
By avoiding the production of antibodies, something vaccines ordinarily induce, the immunization sidesteps the problem of antibody-dependent enhancement, which can amplify infection by a similar virus and is known to occur with dengue and Zika.