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The Immune System's Influence on Brain Development Reviewed
The Immune System's Influence on Brain Development Reviewed
News   Apr 18, 2018

Researchers have highlighted a link between fetal brain development and the origins of developmental diseases such as schizophrenia.

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Mechanism That Enables Avian Flu Viruses to Infect Humans Discovered
Mechanism That Enables Avian Flu Viruses to Infect Humans Discovered
News   Apr 18, 2018

A team of investigators has found a new mechanism that is critical to the ability of certain avian influenza A viruses to infect humans. The mechanism overcomes a defense that normally protects human cells from infection by avian influenza.

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CCTV and Microbial Swabs Showed Where Adults are Going Wrong in the Kitchen
CCTV and Microbial Swabs Showed Where Adults are Going Wrong in the Kitchen
News   Apr 18, 2018

Given that up to half of foodborne illnesses may come from the home kitchen, understanding food safety practices, and how to prevent this kind of sickness, is absolutely vital. Researchers watched adults in action to identify where they were going wrong.

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Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria
News   Apr 17, 2018

Many strains of bacteria have become resistant to existing antibiotics, and very few new drugs have been added to the antibiotic arsenal .Researchers have now developed a promising streamlined approach to developing such drugs using a computer algorithm that mimics the natural process of evolution.

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A Fatal Attraction
A Fatal Attraction
News   Apr 17, 2018

Malaria causes the bodies of its human hosts to emit specific odours from the skin that make the hosts even more attractive to mosquitoes, perpetuating transmission. Researchers have now identified the odours as organic hydrocarbons heptanal, octanal and nonanal, whose discovery could bring relief to a disease that claimed nearly half a million lives in 2016.

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Efficacy of Insecticide to Prevent Malaria Temperature Dependent
Efficacy of Insecticide to Prevent Malaria Temperature Dependent
News   Apr 16, 2018

Ambient temperature has a marked effect on the toxicity of the most commonly used insecticides for malaria control, according to a recent study . The results underline the need to evaluate the efficacy of these chemicals under real field conditions.

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Bacteria and Fungi Play Key Roles in Social Insect Colonies
Bacteria and Fungi Play Key Roles in Social Insect Colonies
News   Apr 16, 2018

Researchers have discovered that a bacterium found in the microbiota associated with this leafcutter ant species produces the same pyrazines used by the ants to lay a trail to their nest and in the colony's defense against pathogens.

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‘Bad’ Antibodies Provide Crucial Protection Against Invading Microbes
‘Bad’ Antibodies Provide Crucial Protection Against Invading Microbes
News   Apr 13, 2018

In a world first, scientists have revealed how a population of 'bad' antibodies in the immune system - which are usually 'silenced' because they can harm the body - can provide crucial protection against invading microbes.

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Sourdough Meets Science
Sourdough Meets Science
News   Apr 13, 2018

Researchers are taking their microbial research out of the lab and into the kitchen. A network is tracking the evolution of microbial communities in sourdough starter mixtures shared around the world.

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New Rapid-fire Method Using Pathology Images & Tumor Data May Help Guide Cancer Therapies
New Rapid-fire Method Using Pathology Images & Tumor Data May Help Guide Cancer Therapies
News   Apr 13, 2018

By combining data on pathology images of 13 types of cancer and correlating that with clinical and genomic data, researchers are able to identify tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, which will enable cancer specialists to generate tumor-immune information from routinely gathered pathology slides.

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