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How Do Our Immune Systems Develop in the First Days of Life?
News   Oct 22, 2020

In the womb, a human fetus has limited contact with pathogens. However, once born, babies face a myriad of germs completely new to their bodies. Their immune system must rapidly develop to ensure early protection from infection. But what is exactly the dynamic of the immune system development in the first days of life?

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Experts Respond to Reported Death of COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Participant
News   Oct 22, 2020

News has emerged from Brazil that a participant of the Phase III clinical trial investigating the COVID-19 vaccine, ChAdOX1, has died.

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Simple Skin Test Can Detect Parkinson's Disease
News   Oct 22, 2020

A study published in Movement Disorders, shows how a chemical assay can detect clumping of the protein alpha-synuclein in skin samples to help diagnose Parkinson's disease (PD). The study's authors said using the assay can lead to earlier detection of PD and better clinical trials.

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Study Reveals Potential Gene Behind “Glowing” of Sea Pickle
News   Oct 21, 2020

A new study describes a bioluminescent gene that could be the reason that so-called "sea pickles," or pyrosomes, an underwater free-floating colony of thousands of tiny animals, reverberate in blue-green light.

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New Method Developed for Earlier Detection of Alzheimer's Disease
News   Oct 21, 2020

Washington State University scientists have developed a method to detect the biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease that is 10 times more sensitive than current blood testing technology.

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Uncovering a Novel Mechanism for Disposing of Misfolded Proteins
News   Oct 20, 2020

About 30 years ago, Dr. Richard Sifers set out on a journey to discover why people with a rare condition known as alpha1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency present with high variation in the severity of liver disease. His journey led him to the discovery of fundamental underpinnings of this condition and, unexpectedly, to uncovering a novel cellular mechanism for disposing of misfolded proteins.

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First Draft Sequence of the Human Proteome Is Mapped
News   Oct 20, 2020

Twenty years after the release of the human genome, the genetic “blueprint” of human life, an international research team, including the University of British Columbia’s Chris Overall, has now mapped the first draft sequence of the human proteome.

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Immune Protein Orchestrates Symbiotic Relationship Between Bobtail Squid and Bacteria
News   Oct 20, 2020

New research revealed that, in the mutually beneficial relationship between with the Hawaiian bobtail squid, Euprymna scolopes, and the luminescent bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, an immune protein called “macrophage migration inhibitory factor” or “MIF,” is the maestro of daily rhythms.

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A New Way To Personalize Prostate Cancer Treatment
News   Oct 20, 2020

A team of researchers has identified biomarkers that can predict if a prostate cancer patient has a high probability of developing metastasis.

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Trauma Impacts the Metabolism in Ways That Can Be Inherited, New Study Shows
News   Oct 19, 2020

How are signals triggered by traumatic events embedded in germ cells? A new study by Professor Isabelle Mansuy proposes a biological mechanism.

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