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Cancer Immunotherapy Might Benefit From Previously Overlooked Immune Players
Cancer Immunotherapy Might Benefit From Previously Overlooked Immune Players
News   Sep 21, 2018

Genetic data highlights the previously understated role CD4+ T cells and MHC-II molecules play in keeping cancer at bay.

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Unprecedented View of Gene Therapy Virus
Unprecedented View of Gene Therapy Virus
News   Sep 21, 2018

Using cryo-electron microscopy, scientists have obtained an unprecedented view of a gene-delivery virus, paving the way for further development of improved gene therapies.

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Death and Decomposition Keeps the World Going
Death and Decomposition Keeps the World Going
News   Sep 21, 2018

Scientists now have a better way to investigate how decomposing plants’ and animals’ contribute to the ecosystem.

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Fire, Sun or Electricity Powers Hand-held Cancer Detection Device
Fire, Sun or Electricity Powers Hand-held Cancer Detection Device
News   Sep 21, 2018

Device shows promise as a point-of-care detector of Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus in resource-limited settings.

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Hoppy Beer Without the Nasty Surprise
Hoppy Beer Without the Nasty Surprise
News   Sep 20, 2018

The biochemical basis of unintended high alcohol content and high pressures in dry hopping has been explained, which could help brewers create “hoppy” beverages without the quality-control and safety issues.

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Protein Curbs Obesity Through Our Gut Bacteria
Protein Curbs Obesity Through Our Gut Bacteria
News   Sep 20, 2018

Scientists from the UNC School of Medicine discovered that the anti-inflammatory protein NLRP12 normally helps protect mice against obesity and insulin resistance when they are fed a high-fat diet. The researchers also reported that the NLRP12 gene is underactive in people who are obese, making it a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity and diabetes.

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Probing Yeast Cells to Understand Cell Misregulation
Probing Yeast Cells to Understand Cell Misregulation
News   Sep 20, 2018

Manipulating yeast with optogenetics and microfluidics to explore the MAP kinase pathway may be key for drug discovery.

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Marker Indicates Those at Higher Risk from Lethal Fungal Spores
Marker Indicates Those at Higher Risk from Lethal Fungal Spores
News   Sep 20, 2018

Genetic mutation in humans linked to a 17-fold increase in the amount of dangerous fungal spores in the lungs.

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T Cell Study Uncovers New Hurdle for Developing Immunotherapies
T Cell Study Uncovers New Hurdle for Developing Immunotherapies
News   Sep 19, 2018

There's an unexpected challenge to be overcome - T cell receptors can be more cross-reactive than previously thought.

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Engineered E. coli Adds Value in Chemical Production
Engineered E. coli Adds Value in Chemical Production
News   Sep 19, 2018

An E. coli strain has been engineered that converts formic acid and CO2 to pyruvate and produces cellular energy from formic acid, providing a new platform for producing value-added chemicals from one-carbon sources.

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