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Infectious Diseases – News and Features

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Researchers Create Novel Cell Type That Kills Cancer Cells in Research Models

Researchers have combined the genetic components of four types of cells to make a powerful new cell type, Co-STAR (Co-stimulatory Synthetic T-cell receptor and Antigen Receptor) cells. These cells were able to produce a sustained anti-tumor response against human cancer cells in laboratory studies.
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Researchers Discover an Immune Defect in Lupus and a Possible Way To Reverse It

Researchers have uncovered a molecular defect that promotes the pathologic immune response in lupus, and have shown that reversing this defect could treat the disease.
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Liver Tumor Microproteins Could Lead to Cancer Vaccines

A study has identified a group of small molecules that could be key to developing cancer vaccines. These microproteins are very small proteins expressed only by tumor cells and can activate immune cells against the tumor.
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Hepatitis C Leaves Lasting “Scars” On the Immune System Even After Treatment

New research has provided insights into the lasting effects of chronic Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection on the immune system.
Cell images showing SARS-CoV-2 spike protein-encoding RNA present in the tissues of long COVID patients
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Imaging Study Reveals Viral RNA Persists for Years in Tissues of Long COVID Patients

PET imaging reveals long COVID patients can possess leftover SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the gut years after infection. The findings add to mounting evidence that viral persistence and sustained immune activation are key factors underpinning long COVID.
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Restored Oyster Beds Host More Marine Life

Biologists have found oyster sanctuaries that contain more abundant populations of oysters and other animal life not affected by the presence of two common parasites.
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Platelets and Monocytes Communicate in Newly Discovered Immune Pathway

According to research platelets communicate with monocytes and increase their inflammatory capacity. By understanding the platelet-monocyte interaction, the team hope to improve the treatment of immune disorders and associated diseases.
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World-First CAR T-Cell Therapy for Child With Lupus

CAR T-cell therapy has been used for the first time to treat lupus in a child, restoring the patient's ability to live a normal life.
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Avian Influenza Transmission Is a Risk When Consuming Raw Milk But Airborne Transmission Is Inefficient

Exposure to raw milk infected with avian influenza poses a risk of infecting humans, but the virus may not spread very far.
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Researchers Create First Mouse Model With a Functioning Human Immune System

A breakthrough for biomedical research promises new insight into immunotherapy development and disease modeling.
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