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SARS-CoV-2 induces a sub-optimal immune response that is permissive for viral evolution

COVID-19 has drawn our attention to the immense power of the immune system. Both when it protects us and when a virus insidiously subverts immunity and turns friend into foe. Many highly precise and orchestrated events shape the way we are protected from pathogens. Our... click to read more

  • Shiv Pillai | Professor at Ragon Institute of MIT, MGH and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts, USA
Views 703
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 13, 2021
Bat genomes: unveiling the secrets of their superpowers

If you watch and listen carefully on a quiet summer's night in the open air, you might perceive some dark shadows flying around or hear some high-pitch chirps. Yes, you have probably guessed it right. These are bats who have just started their 'day' and... click to read more

  • Zixia Huang | Assistant Professor at School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Emma C. Teeling | Professor at School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Views 506
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 17, 2021
The Janus-Faced Nature of Cancer Immunity

Cancer, viruses, bacteria, and chemicals are threatening our bodies every day. The weapon our body uses to fight these threats is our immune system. When triggered by the presence of something it perceives as foreign (and therefore danger), our immune system will produce antibodies targeting... click to read more

  • Chih-Wei Lin | Staff Scientist at The Scripps research institute, San Diego, California, USA
  • Richard Lerner | Professor at The Scripps research institute, San Diego, California, USA
Views 1755
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 21, 2020
Wake up microglia! How brain state regulates immune cells

Historically, neuroscience focused on neurons, the functional cellular units of communication in the brain. However, exciting recent advances in microscopy have revealed the importance of many other cell types in essential brain functions. Amongst these supporting players in the brain are microglia, the immune cells... click to read more

  • Rianne Stowell | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, USA
Views 2378
Reading time 3 min
published on Sep 9, 2020
Blood-eating cells: a defense or a threat?

Anemia, a term you may have come across in an internet search or while donating blood at your local blood bank, is a condition in which you don't have enough healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells are important to deliver oxygen to your body,... click to read more

  • Holly Akilesh | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, Seattle, USA
  • Hayley Waterman | PhD Student at University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • Jessica Hamerman | Professor at University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Views 2497
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 21, 2019