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July 18, 2023
An immune flaw may cause West Nile virus’s deadliest symptoms
With 40% of encephalitis cases now explained by an autoimmune deficiency, West Nile virus "is by far the best understood human infectious disease in the world. It’s stunning.”
April 13, 2023
New tool to study hepatitis B could open the door to a cure
Just as the Rice lab’s work on HCV exposed that virus’s weaknesses, the hope is that this novel approach could do the same for HBV.
February 9, 2023
Homing in on the genetics of severe COVID in children
A trio of faulty genes fail to put the brakes on the immune system’s all-out assault on SARS-CoV-2, leading to the inflammatory overload characteristic of MIS-C.
July 14, 2022
Colorectal cancer tumors both helped and hindered by T cells
Researchers have long disagreed over whether 𝛄𝛅T cells in the gut promote or discourage tumor growth, but new evidence suggests they have the capacity to do both.
June 23, 2022
A third vaccine dose may increase protection from Omicron
The booster appears to galvanize memory B cells into producing potent and versatile antibodies that neutralize both the original virus and its many variants.
May 30, 2022
Hundreds of new drug targets to combat tuberculosis
The study highlights genes that, when silenced, render
vulnerable to antibiotics, and identifies existing drugs that may be effective against one prominent strain.
May 26, 2022
A synthetic antibiotic may help turn the tide against drug-resistant bacteria
The compound attacks MRSA,
, and several other deadly pathogens. Its discovery demonstrates the power of combining computational biology, genetic sequencing, and synthetic chemistry to study bacterial evolution.
May 19, 2022
The genetic underpinnings of severe staph infections
A mutated gene may explain why some
infections turn lethal, a finding with significant implications for people living with 5p- syndrome.
April 19, 2022
Antibody therapy controls HIV for months in new clinical trial
Unlike conventional antiretroviral drugs, treatment with broadly neutralizing antibodies does not rely on vigilant daily dosing and could potentially reduce the body’s reservoir of latent viruses.
March 24, 2022
How bacteria "self-vaccinate" against viral invaders
In studying how bacteria respond to viral infection, scientists are learning that their defense strategies cooperate in ways reminiscent of the elaborate immune systems of animals.
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