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Researchers Find Antibody That ‘Neutralizes’ Zika Virus

November 8, 2016

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Study Finds Antibody That ‘Neutralizes’ Zika Virus

A team of researchers has isolated a human monoclonal antibody that in a mouse model “markedly reduced” infection by the Zika virus. The antibody, called ZIKV-117, also protected the fetus in pregnant mice infected with the virus, the researchers reported today in the journal Nature. Zika is believed to cause microcephaly, unusually small heads, and […]

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Researchers Develop a New Approach Against Pathogens

November 8, 2016

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Researchers Develop a New Approach Against Salmonella and Other Pathogens

A newly developed immunization strategy may someday offer an alternative to antibiotics against microbes that invade the gastrointestinal tract. Researchers from MIT and the University of California at Irvine have developed a new strategy to immunize against microbes that invade the gastrointestinal tract, including Salmonella, which causes more foodborne illness in the United States than […]

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Nanoparticulate Carbon Black Found in the Lungs of Smokers

October 7, 2015

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Nanoparticulate Carbon Black Particles Start Emphysema

Two new studies identify the black material found in the lungs of smokers who died of emphysema as mostly insoluble nanoparticulate carbon black. Physicians could only guess – until recently – at the composition of the black material found in the lungs of smokers who died of emphysema. But research by Baylor College of Medicine […]

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Researchers One Step Closer to Developing Better Vaccines

July 7, 2015

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Researchers Reveal a New Role for T Cells

Scientists from Yale University have uncovered a new role for regulatory T cells, moving them one step closer to developing vaccines that could be more protective against some of the most intractable viral infections, including HIV and flu. For the study, published in Nature Immunology, researchers Brian Laidlaw, Dr. Joseph Craft, and Dr. Susan M. […]

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New Pathway for Passing Genetic Messages between Cells

May 4, 2015

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New Pathway for Passing Genetic Messages between Cells Discovered

New research from Yale University reveals a new pathway for passing genetic messages between cells. A Yale-led research team has described a novel pathway for the delivery of microRNA (miRNA), the tiny RNA molecules that can move between cells to regulate gene expression. The study was published on April 29 by PLOS ONE. Scientists previously […]

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Modified RNA Extends Telomeres in Human Cells, Turns Back Aging Clock

January 26, 2015

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Telomere Extension Turns Back Aging Clock in Cultured Human Cells

Biologists from the Stanford University School of Medicine used a modified type of RNA to demonstrate a way to lengthen human telomeres by as much as 1,000 nucleotides, turning back the internal clock in these cells by the equivalent of many years of human life. A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length […]

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New Two-Step Strategy for Weakening Cancer

September 23, 2014

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New Study Reveals Two-Step Strategy for Weakening Cancer

Researchers from Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reveal a new two-step strategy for weakening cancer. Research by Rice University scientists who are fighting a cyberwar against cancer finds that the immune system may be a clinician’s most powerful ally. “Recent research has found that cancer is already adept at […]

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Max Planck Researchers Discover New Weapon of the Immune System

August 14, 2014

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Scientists Discover New Immune System Weapon

Scientists have identified a previously unknown component of the immune system, discovering that bacterial virulence factors can not only be neutralized by antibodies, but they can also be directly destroyed by them. Max Planck researchers have discovered a completely new way in which the immune system recognizes pathogens. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor has long been […]

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New Stem Cell Research Identifies Barriers to Human iPSC Generation

July 31, 2014

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New Stem Cell Research May Make Tissue Regeneration More Efficient

UC San Francisco scientists detail new research that might lead to a more streamlined process for obtaining stem cells, which in turn could be used in the development of replacement tissue for failing body parts. The finding are published in the current edition of Cell. The work builds on a strategy that involves reprogramming adult […]

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Scientists Discover a Fundamental Aggravating Factor in Autoimmune Diseases

March 6, 2014

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Scientists Discover a Fundamental Aggravating Factor in Autoimmune Diseases

Using genetic engineering, scientists have identified a factor that may play a significant role in in autoimmune diseases. Scientists in Freiburg may have discovered a fundamental aggravating factor in autoimmune diseases. If B-lymphocytes lack the protein PTP1B, the cells will become hyperactive for stimulatory signals and can thus promote an autoimmune attack. This study offers […]

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Researchers Convert Human Stem Cells to Functional Lung Cells

December 3, 2013

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Researchers Convert Human Stem Cells to Functional Lung Cells for the First Time

In a newly published study, researchers from the Columbia University Medical Center detail how they successfully converted human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells for the first time. New York, New York — For the first time, scientists have succeeded in transforming human stem cells into functional lung and airway cells. The advance, […]

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Researchers Solve Biological Mystery about the Common Genesis of Many Serious Diseases

August 27, 2013

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Researchers Solve Biological Mystery about the Common Genesis of Many Serious Diseases

Scientists solve a biological mystery about the common genesis of many serious diseases, discovering a trigger to important biologic responses such as the control of cell death and production of inflammatory mediators. A Yale-led team of researchers has solved a biological mystery about the common genesis of many serious diseases such as asthma and metastatic […]

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“Personalized” Tumor Vaccine Works on Hard-to-Treat Leukemia


August 7, 2013

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New Vaccine Works on Hard to Treat Leukemia


In a newly published study, researchers observed a strong and selective immune response in some patients who received, shortly after the transplant, several doses of a “personalized” tumor vaccine composed of their own inactivated leukemia cells combined with an immune stimulant. Patients with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) often receive donor transplants that effectively “reboot” […]

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Two-Drug Combination Could Be the Key to Curing Cancer

July 22, 2013

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Research Shows that Using Two Drugs in Targeted Therapy Can Help Eliminate Cancer

A new study from researchers at Harvard suggests that using a combination of two drugs in a “targeted therapy” effort could effectively cure nearly all cancers. New research conducted by Harvard scientists is laying out a road map to one of the holy grails of modern medicine: a cure for cancer. As described in a […]

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UC Davis Researchers Identify a Biomarker for Autism

July 15, 2013

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Researchers Identify Biomarker for Autism in a Subset of Children

In a newly published study, researchers from UC Davis identify a biomarker for autism in a subset of children, finding that the mothers of children with autism were more than 21 times as likely to have the specific MAR antibodies in their systems that reacted with fetal brain proteins, or antigens, than were the mothers […]

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Naturally Occurring Nanoparticles Harnessed to Target Disease

July 10, 2013

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Naturally Occurring Nanoparticles Harnessed to Target Disease

New research shows that naturally occurring nanoparticles called exosomes can be coated with an antibody to deliver therapeutic miRNA to targeted cells. Using a novel form of immune-genetic therapy, researchers from Yale School of Medicine and the Jagiellonian University College of Medicine in Poland have successfully inhibited a strong immune allergic inflammatory response in the […]

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Researchers Generate Immune Responses from Stem Cell Grown Thymus Tissue

May 17, 2013

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Human Stem Cells Generate Immune System in Mice

In a newly published study, scientists from UC San Francisco detail how they developed the first functioning human thymus tissue from embryonic stem cells in the laboratory, a significant step toward potential new treatments based on stem-cell and organ transplantation. Raising hopes for cell-based therapies, UC San Francisco researchers have created the first functioning human […]

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Preprogrammed Immune Cells Can Fight Specific Pathogens

April 29, 2013

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Preprogrammed Immune Cells Can Fight Specific Pathogens

A new study from Cornell University demonstrates a way to grow preprogrammed immune cells that can fight specific pathogens, potentially transforming the methods used to prevent infectious disease. Immune cells in newborns appear to be more ready to do battle than previously thought. New Cornell research shows that small populations of preprogrammed immune cells can […]

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