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Gene Therapy Restores Immunity in Infants With Rare Immunodeficiency Disease
News   Apr 18, 2019

A small clinical trial has shown that gene therapy can safely correct the immune systems of infants newly diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening inherited disorder in which infection-fighting immune cells do not develop or function normally.

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Vitamin D Metabolites Influence T Cell Priming
News   Apr 18, 2019

Fresh insights on the effect of vitamin D on the immune system add to the greater picture of how vitamin D might influence susceptibility to inflammatory diseases.

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Arsenic Harnessed to Create Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic
News   Apr 17, 2019

Although it contains arsenic, researchers say they tested the antibiotic's toxicity on human blood cells and reported that “it doesn’t kill human cells in tissue culture.”

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Pneumococcal Vaccine Has Big Impact Even for the Unvaccinated
News   Apr 17, 2019

A vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae, a major cause of childhood illness and mortality in the developing world, sharply reduced the incidence of serious pneumococcal disease among children in a large Kenyan community.

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Delving Into the 2017 Plague Outbreak
News   Apr 17, 2019

Scientists have described the scale and transmission dynamics of the 2017 pneumonic plague outbreak in Madagascar.

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Microbes May Reduce Allergy-like Reactions to Some Cheeses
News   Apr 17, 2019

Some aged cheeses cause allergy-like reactions in many people, but scientists are working to identify bacteria that could reduce those unpleasant side effects.

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Organs-on-a-Chip Hurtle Toward the Final Frontier
News   Apr 17, 2019

Microfluidic devices lined with human cells are headed to the International Space Station later this month, part of an effort to understand why astronauts get sick more easily in orbit.

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Surviving the Dead Sea With Necrophagy
News   Apr 16, 2019

Researchers have found that bacteria can survive in the sediments of the Dead Sea at a depth of over 400 meters in spite of extreme conditions.

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Master Regulator Drives Liver Cells to Fend Off Viral Attacks
News   Apr 16, 2019

Liver cells have an innate resistance to RNA viral infections like hepatitis A, dengue and Zika thanks to a protein called IRF1, according to a recent study published in Nature Microbiology.

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Bacteria Even More Resistant to Antiseptic Thanks to New Gene Variant
News   Apr 16, 2019

A team of investigators has discovered a new, more powerful variant on an antimicrobial resistance gene common among Staphylococcus species.

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