Category Archives: Medicine

Huge new database finds early transcriptional programs driving vaccine immunity

In recent years, scientists have made huge progress in furthering our understanding of how the immune system works, and applying this knowledge to vaccine design. Yet we are still pretty much in the dark about what makes a “good” vaccine. … Continue reading

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Creating immune silent biotherapeutic proteins

Our beautiful immune systems have evolved to efficiently recognise foreign objects – like bacteria and viruses – that aren’t supposed to be there. This activates a huge series of biological reactions that secure the threat and restore a safe environment. … Continue reading

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New tools promise life-saving treatments from basic science

The reproducibility crisis is killing translational science. New tools for critically reviewing research, created by researchers in the U.K., promise to tackle this crisis by pinpointing the flaws in the way we decide what is “good” data. They also promise to keep scientists on track and make sure only the most promising research moves towards the clinic. Continue reading

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Antibiotics release death sugars that help bad bugs to grow

In the 1940’s, antibiotics were hailed as wonder drugs. “Syphilis is now curable!”, ran the posters. Yet in modern times, several dark sides of these drugs have come to light. The widespread overuse of antibiotic therapy has driven the emergence … Continue reading

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A Marvellous Month of Science

Fungal extracts prevent hepatitis C virus infection Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a huge cause of liver cancer, but current treatments are very expensive and not that great. Since HCV is a cunning little virus capable of quickly evolving drug … Continue reading

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