quantitative PCR, immunology, cell & molecular biology
Inflammation Overdrive
Inflammation Overdrive
Ruth Williams | Jan 15, 2015
Experimental vaccines that specifically boost T helper cells lead to immunopathology and death in mice.
Mitochondrial Enzyme Detailed
Mitochondrial Enzyme Detailed
Jef Akst | Jan 9, 2015
Researchers reveal clues regarding how an ancient mitochondrial enzyme helps maintain healthy cells across the tree of life.
Fat to the Rescue
Fat to the Rescue
Jenny Rood | Jan 5, 2015
Adipocytes under the skin help fight infections by producing an antimicrobial agent.
A Movable Defense
A Movable Defense
Eugene V. Koonin and Mart Krupovic | Jan 1, 2015
In the evolutionary arms race between pathogens and hosts, genetic elements known as transposons are regularly recruited as assault weapons for cellular defense.
Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures
Daniel Cossins | Jan 1, 2015
Social adversity shapes humans’ immune systems—and probably their susceptibility to disease—by altering the expression of large groups of genes.
The Year in Pathogens
The Year in Pathogens
Molly Sharlach | Dec 29, 2014
Ebola, MERS, and enterovirus D68; polio eradication efforts; new regulations on potentially dangerous research
Repurposed Retroviruses
Repurposed Retroviruses
Ruth Williams | Dec 18, 2014
B cells have commandeered ancient viral sequences in the genome to transmit antigen signals.
Reprogramming Redux
Reprogramming Redux
Anna Azvolinsky | Dec 18, 2014
Can mechanical forces alone be manipulated to create stem-like cells?
Honeybee Compound for Hair Loss?
Honeybee Compound for Hair Loss?
Jef Akst | Dec 11, 2014
Propolis, a natural product used by honeybees to repair their hives, stimulates hair growth in shaved mice.
Platelets Fan Inflammation
Platelets Fan Inflammation
Kate Yandell | Dec 4, 2014
The circulating blood cells bind to neutrophils, prompting inflammation-related activity in these immune cell partners.