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Mosquitos in the snow.

The Destruction of Rainforests May Be Promoting the Spread of Viruses

Scientists have now shown that the destruction of tropical rainforests harms the diversity of mosquito species. At the same time, more resilient species of mosquitoes become more prevalent – which also means the viruses they carry are more abundant.
Transmission electron microscopy image of supramolecular hydrogelator filaments bearing lamivudine.

Could This New Hydrogel Make HIV Therapy More Convenient?

A new injectable solution that self-assembles into a gel under the right conditions could help manage HIV unlike any currently available methods, researchers have found.
A mitochondria, shown sliced in half with the internal structures on show.

Rewiring Tumor Mitochondria Enhances the Immune System’s Ability To Fight Cancer

Altering a key step in energy production in the mitochondria of cancer cells makes them more visible to killer T cells, helping enhance the effectiveness of immunotherapy.
T cells.

Study Sheds Light on How Immunity Changes Over an Individual's Lifetime

Researchers employed cutting-edge technologies to examine killer T cells in different age groups – newborns, school-aged children, adults and older adults (60+ years) – to understand how age shapes our immunity to influenza viruses.
A piece of raw ginger, against a wooden board with some green herbs in the background.

Scientists Uncover Biological Mechanism Underpinning Ginger’s Effect on Immune Function

New research has found that whole-ginger extracts can make neutrophils – a type of white blood cell – more resistant to neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation. This suggests potentially positive effects in the treatment of some autoimmune disorders.
COVID 19 cell.

Distinct Long COVID Immune and Hormonal Differences Identified

People who have experienced brain fog, confusion, pain, and extreme fatigue for months or longer after being infected with the COVID-19 virus exhibit different immune and hormonal responses to the virus than those not diagnosed with long COVID.
A macrophage cell.

Bubble-Based Technique Could Reveal Immune Cell Secrets

Macrophages are little cells vital to the immune system and could inform cell-based therapies. However, realizing the full potential of macrophage therapies relies on being able to see what these cellular allies are doing inside our bodies.
A mosquito

New Malaria Treatment Strategies May Reduce Failures by 81%

Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are globally accepted first-line treatments for malaria, but resistance to ACTs has emerged in recent years. Scientists have now found that next-generation interventions can reduce the rate of treatment failure by at least 81%.

A pregnant woman in a yellow dress near some grasses.

A Mother’s Body Retains Cells From Her Child After Pregnancy

Pregnancy changes the human body dramatically. One of the smallest alterations that pregnancy produces may also be the most important, suggests new research exploring cell populations passed between mother and child.

Peanuts, one cracked, on a table.

Food Allergy Severity Could Be Predicted by Genetic Biomarker

For the first time, a genetic biomarker has been identified that could help predict the severity of food allergic reactions.