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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.  
Pioneering Heart Transplant Program Suspended
Pioneering Heart Transplant Program Suspended
Kerry Grens | Jun 4, 2018
The move by Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center follows an investigative news report detailing surgical errors and poor research practices.
Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe
Cell Transplant Trial for Spinal Injury Is Safe
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018
The first human experiment with neural precursor cells implanted to treat chronic spinal cord injury suggests the procedure is safe, and hints at a small benefit.  
Infographic: Researchers Aim to Predict How Pathogens Jump Species
Infographic: Researchers Aim to Predict How Pathogens Jump Species
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018

Understanding the factors that influence spillover could help forecast future epidemics.

 

Ten-Minute Sabbatical
Ten-Minute Sabbatical
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2018
Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts
Katarina Zimmer | Jun 1, 2018
The bat version of the STING protein helps dampen the mammals' immune response to infection, researchers have found.
Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks
Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018
A step-by-step study of diseases that jump species gives subtle clues about future epidemics.
Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Obesity Risk in Women
Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Obesity Risk in Women
Catherine Offord | May 31, 2018
Low levels of a biochemical process involved in fat breakdown predicts weight gain and metabolic complications more than a decade later.