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flu prevention, treatment

Scripps Research Discovery Paves Way for Better Flu Prevention, Treatment

This year’s flu vaccine has been less effective in protecting people from the most common strain of the virus, compared with recent years. And...
zika virus

Zika Virus Could Help Combat Brain Cancer

Zika virus, feared for causing microcephaly in babies whose mothers were infected during pregnancy by attacking the cells that will give rise to the...
brain circuits

New Method to Map Miniature Brain Circuits

In a feat of nanoengineering, scientists have developed a new technique to map electrical circuits in the brain far more comprehensively than ever before. In...
immune defence

New Warning System Discovered in the Immune Defence

White blood cells are major components of the body’s immune defence, and the research group has shown that several types of these cells react...
vaccine

Increasing Vaccine Coverage in Developing Countries Focus of New Imperial Hub

The Hub, which involves multiple research partners, will be led byProfessor Robin Shattock from Imperial’s Department of Medicine and involves scientists across Departments of...
zika virus

Drug Blocks Zika and Dengue Viruses in Study

A small-molecule inhibitor tested by researchers at Yale and Stanford may be the answer to blocking the spread of harmful mosquito-borne pathogens, including Zika...
citrus greening disease

Fresh Citrus at Risk From Devastating Disease

For the first time in 70 years, California has surpassed Florida in citrus production. Florida groves have been decimated by a disease called huanglongbing...
malaria

Birth Control for Parasites: Researchers Reveal New Vaccine Target for Malaria

Malaria, a disease caused by the transfer of the Plasmodium parasite from certain mosquitos to humans, is responsible for 429,000 deaths every year according...
dipstick

UQ Dipstick Technology Could Revolutionise Disease Diagnosis

New dipstick technology that enables pathogen detection and the rapid diagnosis of human, animal and plant disease in even the most remote locations has...
spinning cylindervideo

Spinning Cylinders to Recreate Nature’s Patterns

Some of nature’s most exquisite patterns; leaves around a plant’s stem, scales on a pine cone, and the tail of some viruses, consist of...
metamaterials

Beyond Good Vibrations: New Insights into Metamaterial Magic

Metamaterials offer the very real possibility that our most far-fetched fancies could one day become real as rocks. From invisibility cloaks and perfect lenses...
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Unraveling the Complexity

A comprehensive analysis of the maturation process of the immune system’s dendritic cells reveals an additional cell subtype. This finding could lead to new...
Chromosomes

Chromosomes May Be Knotted

Everyone knows that long bits of yarn, or charging cables and the like, tend to get quickly tangled and form nasty knots. Little is...
root canal

Antimicrobial Gel Developed at IU School of Dentistry Could Improve Root...

More than 15 million root canals are done each year, according to the American Association of Endodontists. During the procedure, the tooth's pulp and...
RNA Switch

Creating a Better RNA Switch

If scientists could precisely regulate gene expression, they could turn off the genes responsible for illness and disease and turn on those that enhance...
vitamin D

Vitamin D Protects Against Severe Asthma Attacks

Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide and is estimated to cause almost 400,000 deaths annually. Asthma deaths arise primarily during episodes of...
Soil Microbiome

LLNLResearchers to Study Soil Microbiome

A new Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) initiative to study how the soil microbiome (microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria, microfauna and viruses) controls...
fighting diseases

Humans No Longer Have Ancient Defence Mechanism Against Viruses

The possibilities encoded in our DNA are expressed via RNA. Conversely, RNA interference (RNAi) can also suppress the expression of a specific gene. Insects...
traumatic brain injury

IU Researchers Identify Promising Treatment Option for People Suffering from Aggression...

A drug originally developed in the 1960s as an antiviral medication is showing promise as a treatment option for people who suffer from increased...
Sinus Infections

Blocking Sweet Taste Receptors Can Help Body Fight Off Sinus Infections

Bitter taste receptors in the upper airway are a first line of defense against sinus infections, but their ability to kill harmful toxins and...