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Staying Ahead of Influenza
Researchers access a wide range of tools and reagents to keep pace with seasonal influenza.
Staying Ahead of Influenza
Staying Ahead of Influenza

Researchers access a wide range of tools and reagents to keep pace with seasonal influenza.

Researchers access a wide range of tools and reagents to keep pace with seasonal influenza.

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Newly Developed mRNA Vaccine Protects Against Lyme Disease
Charlene Lancaster, PhD | Nov 13, 2023 | 5 min read
Leveraging the same mRNA platform used for COVID-19 vaccines, researchers generated a vaccine that prevents mice from acquiring Lyme disease.
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Researchers Make Alternatives to Shark-Sourced Vaccine Ingredient
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Feb 22, 2023 | 3 min read
Synthetic variations of squalene, which is used to boost immune responses, could make vaccines more effective while reducing fisheries for struggling sharks.
New Strategies in the Battle Against Infectious Diseases
New Strategies in the Battle Against Infectious Diseases
The Scientist Staff | 2 min read
Learn how the latest research into viral and bacterial pathogens advances the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. 
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RSV Vaccines That Work?
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Feb 16, 2023 | 10+ min read
Multiple candidates are in Phase 3 clinical trials for older adults and pregnant women, with some getting close to approval in the United States.
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Targeting Antigen “Sanctuary” in Lymph Nodes Could Make Vaccines Better
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Feb 10, 2023 | 3 min read
Researchers find that small sacks inside lymph nodes contain low proteolytic activity and act as safe havens for antigens.
Beyond Cytotoxicity: The Importance of T Cell Memory<br ><br>
Beyond Cytotoxicity: The Importance of T Cell Memory
The Scientist | 1 min read
In this webinar, Grégoire Lauvau and Marcus Buggert will discuss the function and role of memory T cells in health and disease.
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In Vitro Malaria Sporozoite Production May Lead to Cheaper Vaccines
Katherine Irving | Jan 20, 2023 | 4 min read
A method for culturing the infectious stage of the Plasmodium lifecycle could increase malaria vaccine production efficiency by tenfold, study authors say.
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Measles Vaccine Developer Samuel Katz Dies at 95
Lisa Winter | Nov 23, 2022 | 3 min read
He also worked on immunizations against polio, rubella, influenza, and more.
<em >The Scientist</em>&rsquo;s Journal Club: Immunology
The Scientist’s Journal Club: Immunology
The Scientist | 1 min read
Scientists present the latest research on the immune response against SARS-CoV-2, the influence of COVID-19 on future vaccine responses, and drivers of T cell development.
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Can We Predict How Well Someone Will Respond to a Vaccine?
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Nov 14, 2022 | 7 min read
Researchers find signatures pre- and post-vaccination that correlate with a more robust immune response. 
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Infographic: How Immunology Can Influence Pregnancy Outcomes
Tobias R. Kollmann, Arnaud Marchant, and Sing Sing Way | Nov 14, 2022 | 3 min read
Pregnancy-induced changes in the immune system are key to a successful birth. Understanding those changes could allow researchers to protect both mother and child.
Discover new treatments for pandemic diseases
Treatments for Disease Pandemics
The Scientist | 1 min read
Researchers develop new vaccines and therapeutics to combat the spread of infectious diseases.
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Modulating Immunity to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes
Tobias R. Kollmann, Arnaud Marchant, and Sing Sing Way | Nov 14, 2022 | 10+ min read
Aberrant immune activation, the main cause of prematurity and stillbirths, could be preventable through interventions such as maternal vaccination. 
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European Medicines Agency Recommends Approving Takeda’s Dengue Vaccine
Katherine Irving | Oct 14, 2022 | 2 min read
In clinical trials, the new inoculation demonstrated greater protection for children and people older than 45 than the existing dengue vaccine.
Scientific Breakthroughs with Cryogenic Electron Microscopy
The Scientist and Thermo Fisher Scientific | 1 min read
Structures made via cryo-EM give researchers insights into SARS-CoV-2, HIV, neurological disorders, cancer, and more.
A person in a white shirt activates a nasal spray
Oxford-AstraZeneca Nasal COVID-19 Vaccine Falters in Clinical Trial
Dan Robitzski | Oct 11, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers say they’re abandoning the project in its current form—one of several that aims to induce what’s known as mucosal immunity against SARS-CoV-2.
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Multiple Possible Causes of Long COVID Come into Focus
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Sep 28, 2022 | 10+ min read
Recent studies have lent support for a variety of hypotheses explaining the debilitating symptoms affecting millions of people after SARS-CoV-2 infection.  
Transforming Virology Research with Cryo-EM
The Scientist and Thermo Fisher Scientific | 1 min read
Explore what researchers can do with Cryo-EM
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Slow Vaccine Delivery May Maximize Immune Response
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Sep 23, 2022 | 5 min read
A vaccine strategy involving formulation changes, an initial escalating dose, and a longer wait for booster immunization results in more-effective antibody production against HIV in rhesus monkeys, a study finds.
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