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Infectious Diseases – News and Features

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Placenta Map Reveals Source of Infection-Related Pregnancy Complications

Researchers using “mini placentas” from human samples have created the first map of human placenta infection pathways. This could highlight potential drug targets to develop pregnancy-safe therapies for preventing severe pregnancy complications.
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SAR11 Decline Unveiled With Zombie Cells and Phage Attacks

A study by re­search­ers from the Max Planck In­sti­tute for Mar­ine Mi­cro­bi­o­logy in Bre­men, Ger­many, now re­veals that at times nearly 20% of SAR11 cells are in­fec­ted by vir­uses, sig­ni­fic­antly re­du­cing total cell num­bers.
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Targeting Abnormally Active B-Cell Metabolism Reduces Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Abnormally active metabolism in B cells drives pro-inflammatory responses that lead to myelin being attacked by T cells. By targeting B cell metabolism, multiple sclerosis flare-ups are reduced.
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Unique CRISPR-Cas System Shows Promise in Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

In nature, bacteria use CRISPR-Cas systems to fight off deadly viruses. A recent international collaboration has shed light on the most enigmatic CRISPR-Cas systems; the type IV system.
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Study Sheds Light on Preventing PXR-Associated Drug Resistance

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital uncovered a route to blocking activity of protein notorious for eliminating drugs, offering a potential boon to cancer therapy.
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HPV Vaccination Program in England Effectively Reduces Cervical Disease in All Socioeconomic Groups

Routine vaccination of young people against HPV in the UK has reduced the incidence of cervical disease across socioeconomic groups.
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New York City Wild Birds Carry Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu

A small number of New York City wild birds carry highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, according to a recent study. The work highlights that the interface between animals and humans that may give rise to zoonotic infections or even pandemics.
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Immunotherapy Could Be Used To Boost the Immune System of Older Individuals

Immunotherapy could be used to enhance immune responses in older people, making them less vulnerable to infections, reports a new study.
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Midnolin Depletion Shows Promise in Cancer Treatment

By completely or even partially depleting a protein called midnolin in B cells, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers suppressed leukemia and lymphoma in a mouse model genetically prone to these cancers.
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COVID-19 Virus Penetrates Blood–Retinal Barrier and Could Damage Vision

The blood-retinal barrier designed to protect our vision from infection can be breached by SARS-CoV-2, with potential long-term consequences in the eye.
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