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The Immune System – News and Features

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Fathers' Influence on Newborn Gut Microbiota

A recent study indicates that fathers play a role in shaping the microbial composition of a newborn’s gut. The paper also investigated the use of maternal fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in aiding colonization in babies.
A black spider in a web.
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Novel Human Antibodies Neutralize Black Widow Venom

Researchers develop fully human antibodies that can neutralize the alpha-latrotoxin of the European black widow, potentially reducing the need for antibodies derived from horses to treat disease caused by spider bites.
Immunofluorescence image shows macrophages (red) in human clear cell renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer in adults.
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Macrophages Link Obesity to Cancer and Immunotherapy Response

Immune system cells called macrophages play an unexpected role in the complicated connection between obesity and cancer, a Vanderbilt University Medical Center-led research team has discovered.

Cancer cells.
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Enhancing CAR-T Cell Therapies With Biodegradable Scaffolds

T-cell stimulating biomaterial that slowly biodegrades under the skin stimulates CAR-T cells in the body to improve therapeutic efficacy in an aggressive mouse tumor model.
A clinician looks at a chest X ray.
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“Self-Taught” AI Helps Diagnose and Predict Lung Cancer Severity

A computer program based on data from nearly a half-million tissue images and powered by artificial intelligence can accurately diagnose cases of adenocarcinoma.
A Klebseilla bacterium interacting with another cell.
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Bacteria in the Human Microbiome Help Counter Salmonella Infections

Researchers have identified two mechanisms by which Klebsiella bacteria can combat the spread of Salmonella in the gut.
An astronaut floats in space above Earth.
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Space Omics and Medical Atlas Database Could Enhance the Health of Earthlings

The Space Omics and Medical Atlas was developed as a biomarker tool to study the health of astronauts, but it could also benefit earthlings.
Double helix structure of DNA.
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Unraveling the Origins of a Genetic Variant Linked to Fungal Infections

A recent discovery by Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) researchers suggests that a specific variant of CARD9 prevalent across northern China, Korea, and Japan may have originated from a common ancestor.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11.
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How Is the Immune System Affected by Space Travel?

Two Buck scientists led a team that has revealed for the first time how the lack of gravity affects the cells of the immune system at single cell resolution.
Someone scratching their skin.
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Eczema Drug May Provide Relief for Other Itchy Skin Diseases

A drug approved to treat eczema provided significant improvement in the symptoms of patients with severe itching diseases that currently have no targeted treatments, according to a new study published in JAMA Dermatology.
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