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Infectious Diseases – News and Features

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Repurposed Cancer Drug May Help Prevent Damage From COVID-19 Infection

A new study has shown that a repurposed cancer drug can suppress a molecule that promotes lung inflammation during COVID-19 infection.
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“Selfish Genes” Provide Viruses With a Competitive Advantage

"Selfish genes" previously thought to have no benefit to their host organisms have been shown to provide viruses with a competitive advantage.
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An Introduction to Protein Purification: Methods, Technologies and Applications

The ability to obtain pure proteins is essential for developing drugs, creating vaccines and understanding biological processes. In this article, we discuss what a typical protein purification protocol involves and the various techniques used.
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Tissue Stiffness Can Impact Pancreatic Cancer Resistance to Chemotherapy

Researchers have demonstrated that conditions in the matrix surrounding pancreatic cancer cells impact whether those cells respond to chemotherapy.
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Mobile Phone Data Could Help Prevent Future Superbug Outbreaks

Combining a pathogen's genomic DNA with human travel patterns from anonymized mobile phone data provides a new way to prevent superbug outbreaks.
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Highly Infectious Avian Flu Is Inactive in Pasteurized Milk Products

Pasteurization of milk products destroys highly pathogenic avian flu, eliminating risks posed to consumers.
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Targeting an Ancient Biological Stress Response Could Help Prevent Hair Loss

Activation of an ancient biological stress response has been linked to a proliferative block in the human hair follicle. Researchers suggest that targeting this stress response could be used to help maintain hair follicles and treat hair loss.
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Preclinical Studies of HIV Vaccine Show Promise in Stimulating Rare Antibodies

A series of preclinical trials suggests that researchers could be closer to an immunization regimen for HIV than ever before.
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Brown Widow Spiders Carry Novel Chlamydia Bacteria

Invasive brown widow spiders across three continents were found to be highly infected with a single strain of Rhabdochlamydia, a relative of chlamydia.
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Tattoo Inks Found Contaminated with Harmful Bacteria

Researchers have detected anaerobic and aerobic bacteria in commercial tattoo and permanent makeup inks. The findings demonstrate that the inks could be a source of human infections.