technology, microbiology, immunology
Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction
Preterm Labor May Be Sparked by Fetal Immune Reaction
Ruth Williams | Apr 25, 2018
Immune cells targeting maternal antigens are abundant in the blood of premature infants, suggesting fetal intolerance of mom may instigate early labor.  
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Fungus Repurposed a Bacterial Gene to Sense Gravity with Crystals
Viviane Callier | Apr 24, 2018
Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Opinion: “Drug Sanctuaries” Offer Hope to a Post-Antibiotic World
Rees Kassen | Apr 24, 2018
Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
Image of the Day: Ant Attack!
The Scientist Staff | Apr 24, 2018
A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.
Image of the Day: Immune Cell In Action
Image of the Day: Immune Cell In Action
The Scientist Staff | Apr 23, 2018
By combining two new microscopy technologies, researchers filmed immune cells toiling away in the inner ear of a living zebrafish.
Antibody Combo Expands Response to Checkpoint Inhibitor in Mice
Antibody Combo Expands Response to Checkpoint Inhibitor in Mice
Kerry Grens | Apr 16, 2018
Genetic analyses uncover cellular hallmarks of bladder cancer tumors that don’t respond, but interfering with one of those characteristics in a mouse model causes tumors to shrink.  
New Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise
New Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise
Catherine Offord | Apr 12, 2018
A preliminary clinical trial finds that the personalized therapy improves survival rates and has no severe side-effects.
Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses
Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses
Shawna Williams | Apr 9, 2018
The antimicrobial drug neomycin protects mice from some viral infections, complicating the picture of the relationship between antibiotics and susceptibility to viruses.
Opinion: We Have Been Naive About Naive T Cells
Opinion: We Have Been Naive About Naive T Cells
José A.M. Borghans, Femke van Wijk, Theo van den Broek | Apr 6, 2018
Human naive T cells are far more heterogeneous than has long been appreciated, having implications for vaccine strategies.
Ruth Nussenzweig, Malaria Researcher, Dies
Ruth Nussenzweig, Malaria Researcher, Dies
Jim Daley | Apr 5, 2018
The microbiologist’s research led to the development of the first human malaria vaccine.