Llamas immune to coronavirus, what zebrafish are thinking, and other memorable science stories of 2020
New research suggests that our immune system may play an active role in shaping the digestive-tract flora, which is tightly linked to health and disease.
Paul Cohen of the Rockefeller University describes his study of thousands of people, finding that the energy-burning tissue is tied to a lower risk of for several diseases, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
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The Rockefeller team found that the E484K mutation knocked out one important class of antibodies, out of a total of four classes. But Dr. Nussenzweig said that other elements of a person’s immune response—whether triggered by a vaccine or an earlier infection—could still protect against Covid-19.
An innovative approach from Priya Rajasethupathy has been used to link genetics to behavior in mice. The analysis identifies a gene that underpins the role of the brain’s thalamus region in maintaining short-term memory.