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CD8 T cells in in for the long haul

CD8 T cells immune response

Like soldiers trained for a specific mission, CD8 T cells become tuned to fighting an exact pathogen but rather than bail out once the job is done, they stay in service fending off other invaders. CD8 T cells are a key part of the adaptive immune system, but also form part of the body’s innate

Liquid DNA behind virus attacks

herpes virus liquid DNA

New studies show viruses convert their DNA into liquid form to be injected into host cells, findings which could lead to new therapies that avoid resistance.

Fire at UEA chemistry lab

A fire has broken out in a third floor chemistry laboratory at the University of East Anglia.

Floppy proteins linked to ALS

ALS-floppy-proteins

A loss of protein stability has been linked to muscle-destroying disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by American researchers.

‘Breadcrumb trail’ helps melanoma spread

Combating drug resistance in melanoma

Just like Hansel and Gretel followed the trail of breadcrumbs to the witch’s house, melanoma cells follow the trail of a naturally-occurring molecule allowing it to metastasise in the body.

Parkinson’s gut origin given boost

Parkinsons gut origin

A disputed hypothesis which pinpoints the gut as the origin of Parkinson’s disease has gained support thanks to new research from Lund University.

New type of stem cell discovered

Naive cells stem cells

The naïve-like stem cell – a type so elusive it was thought not to exist – has been found by scientists from Bath and Berlin in what they have termed a Eureka moment.

Lipid membrane ink gives nanometre resolution

bio nanotech lipid membranes

Lipid membranes have been used as a biological ‘ink’ to draw in the nanometre region in a new technique developed by Leeds researchers.

Half as much dark matter as astronomers thought

Dark matter halo

The Milky Way contains half as much dark matter than previously thought according to new research which has weighed the mysterious substance.

‘Perfect storm’ led to spread of HIV

hiv pandemic spread

A ‘perfect storm’ led to the global spread of the HIV pandemic, which has its roots in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo suggests new research.

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