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February 15, 2019

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February 15, 2019

Common Virus in Early Childhood Linked to Celiac Disease in Susceptible Children

Feb. 13, 2019 — A common intestinal virus, enterovirus, in early childhood may be a trigger for later celiac disease in children at increased genetic risk of the condition, finds a small ... read more

Human Antiviral 'GS-441524' Shows Great Promise Against Infectious Disease in Cats

Feb. 13, 2019 — The emergence of exotic diseases such as Ebola and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in people has prompted intensive research into new drug treatments, and this is indirectly bringing benefit ... read more

Finding Clues to a Functional HIV Cure

Feb. 7, 2019 — Scientists have identified a measurable indicator that could prove instrumental in the fight against HIV. The research focuses on cofilin, a key protein that regulates cells to mobilize and fight ... read more

Putting Female Mosquitoes on Human Diet Drugs Could Reduce Spread of Disease

Feb. 7, 2019 — Researchers report that they have identified drugs that can reduce mosquito hunger for blood. Because movement of female mosquitoes from human to human -- male mosquitoes do not consume blood -- is ... read more

Engineered DNA Vaccine Protects Against Emerging Mayaro Virus Infection

Feb. 7, 2019 — A novel, synthetic DNA vaccine induces protective immunity against Mayaro virus (MAYV), a mosquito-borne infection endemic to South America, that has the potential to become a global emerging viral ... read more

Immunotherapy Appears Better Than Chemotherapy for Aggressive Type of Skin Cancer

Feb. 7, 2019 — The first study of the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab as the initial treatment for patients with a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer known as Merkel cell carcinoma reports better responses ... read more

Viral Communications Hacking Boosts Leishmania Infections

Feb. 7, 2019 — New research has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used for cell-to-cell communication, a discovery that could pave the way to new vaccines ... read more

New Anti-CRISPR Proteins Discovered in Soil and Human Gut

Feb. 5, 2019 — Scientists have found four new anti-CRISPR proteins that are distributed across different environments. The new study suggests that some anti-CRISPR proteins are more widespread in nature than ... read more

How Lung Tissue Forms Immune Cell Hubs in Times of Need

Feb. 5, 2019 — Research uncovers how lung tissue is remodelled to support an immune response to influenza. The findings hold promise for broader immunisation against flu and the development of new therapeutic ... read more

HIV-1 Protein Suppresses Immune Response More Broadly Than Thought

Feb. 5, 2019 — Scientists have revealed how a protein produced by HIV-1 plays a broader role in suppressing the immune system's response to infection than previously ... read more

Feb. 5, 2019 — A powerful immune molecule helps protect transplanted organs from rejection by putting a silencer on two other immune molecules that converge to take a direct shot at the organ, scientists ... read more

OxyContin Reformulation to Curb Opioid Abuse Led to Hepatitis C Surge, Study Finds

Feb. 4, 2019 — Public health officials have blamed the shift from prescription opioids to injectable heroin as a cause of the rise in hepatitis C cases. A new study provides the best evidence to date that ... read more

Diversity in the CD4 Receptor Protects Chimpanzees from Infection by AIDS-Like Viruses

Feb. 4, 2019 — Medical researchers have found that the CD4 surface protein, which is used by HIV and SIV as the receptor to enter immune cells, is highly variable among wild chimpanzees. Understanding how these ... read more

Heat Waves, Food Insecurity Due to Climate Change May Weaken Immune Systems

Feb. 4, 2019 — Heat waves can reduce the body's immune response to flu, according to new research. The results have implications for how climate change may affect the future of vaccinations and nutrition. ... read more

Genome Structure of Malaria Parasites Linked to Virulence

Feb. 4, 2019 — An international research has found that malaria parasite genomes are shaped by parasite-specific gene families, and that this genome organization strongly correlates with the parasite's ... read more

The Web Meets Genomics: A DNA Search Engine for Microbes

Feb. 4, 2019 — Microbes are the most common and diverse organisms on the planet. A new search engine, called BIGSI, allows scientists to search public microbial DNA data for specific genes and mutations. This could ... read more

Protecting Those on the Frontline from Ebola

Feb. 2, 2019 — Online training has increased the knowledge of health care workers about effective prevention of Ebola up to 19 percent and reduced critical errors to 2.3 percent in a small cohort. These findings ... read more

Gene Therapy Cassettes Improved for Muscular Dystrophy

Feb. 1, 2019 — Experimental gene therapy cassettes for Duchenne muscular dystrophy have been modified to deliver better performance. The cassettes, which carry the therapy into muscle cells, contain newer versions ... read more

An Unexpected Mode of Action for an Antibody

Jan. 31, 2019 — Visualizing how some patients successfully fought off deadly coronaviruses could pave the way to combat these respiratory infections, new research ... read more

Jan. 31, 2019 — In a context of overuse of insecticides, which leads to the selection of resistant mosquitoes, it is already known that this resistance to insecticides affects interactions between mosquitoes and the ... read more

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