New blood test can help doctors diagnose tuberculosis and monitor treatment

Researchers at Tulane University School of Medicine have developed a new highly sensitive blood test for tuberculosis (TB) that screens for DNA fragments of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria that causes…

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Haywire T cells attack protein in ‘bad’ cholesterol

Preventing atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of heart disease, means scientists need to understand how immune cells drive inflammation in the arteries. The challenge is that the T cells involved in…

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Researchers identify rare genetic markers of drug-resistant tuberculosis

To many, tuberculosis (TB) may seem like a disease from a bygone era. But it still claims more than one million lives every year. And the problem is growing worse…

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COVID-19 can directly infect and damage human kidney cells

DURHAM, N.C. – The virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, can directly infect a specialized type of kidney cell. The discovery helps explain why acute kidney injury is one of the…

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UCLA Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology “Women in Science”

– Hello, everyone. Welcome. My name is Tracy Johnson and I'm the Dean of Life Sciences here at UCLA. And before we get started, I just want to mention a…

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Resourceful viral protein combats monkey and human defenses differently

In the epic battle between hosts and viruses, viruses are constantly evolving to be more infectious. Now, researchers from Japan have found that human genes also evolve to help protect…

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Canadian scientist Aled Edwards on preparing for the next pandemic — Now

Aled Edwards is of two minds about medicine’s response to COVID-19. Aled Edwards is of two minds about medicine’s response to COVID-19. On one hand, he notes, we had life-saving vaccines and…

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Intermingling between populations may contribute to HIV spread

Sexual partnerships between individuals from different communities may help explain why some community-based HIV prevention efforts were moderately effective, shows a study published in eLife. The findings may help explain…

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ASU researchers named Senior Members of the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Arizona State University Deputy Director Stephen Munk and professor Bertram Jacobs to the February 2022 class of Senior Members. The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Arizona State University Deputy Director Stephen…

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Unexpected findings detailed in new portrait of HIV

Using powerful tools and techniques developed in the field of structural biology, researchers at the University of Washington and The Scripps Research Institute have discovered new details about the human…

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