Joshua Blades

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'Edited' T cells mimic natural resistance to HIV - Futurity

Researchers successfully modified the T cells of 12 HIV patients to resist infection, paving the way to control the virus without antiretroviral …

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers

New therapy brings hope to blood cancer patients who do not respond to other treatments or transplants.<p>In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into …

Scientists closer to Alzheimer's cure

Scientists said they may have developed a drug that could work against Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other brain disorders that share a similar mechanism.<p>Still at a very early and experimental stage, the drug blocks disruption of the brain's defence system, something that boosts neurodegenerative …

Alzheimer's breakthrough: Cure or hype?

<b>If you regularly walk past a newspaper stand, then "Alzheimer's cure" or "Major Alzheimer's breakthrough" headlines will be a familiar sight. And here we are again.</b><p>UK researchers have, for the first time, used a chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease.<p>The Times …

Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own [Video]

Be still my heart.<p>A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own, according to a new study in <i>Nature Communications</i>.<p>In 2008, a University of Minnesota study showed that the original cells from a rat heart …

A mixing and matching game of life and death

Dan Davis's The Compatibility Gene tells the story of the discovery of a central component of the immune system, one that affects not only our ability to fight off disease, but also the success of transplant operations, pregnancies and, rather unexpectedly, brain development and possibly even mate …

Call in fetal blood cells to cure sickle cell anaemia

THE secret to curing sickle cell anaemia could be in our genes.<p>People with the disease have abnormally shaped red blood cells (RBCs) and experience …

4 High-Tech Immunizations That Do Without Needles | WIRED

Method: Jet injector<p>Company: PharmaJet<p>Product: Stratis<p>A single-use syringe propels a high-velocity stream of liquid vaccine straight into the muscle …

Three Cancer Drugs Don’t Work Properly Without Gut Bacteria

Your gut is home to tens of trillions of bacteria. Collectively, they act as another organ, one with many different roles. They influence your body weight, your ability to digest your food, your risk of catching infectious diseases, your chances of resisting infections or autoimmune diseases, the …

Disarming bacteria to beat infection

Researchers in Germany looking to find unprecedented ways of combating bacterial infection have demonstrated that certain small molecules can reduce …

HIV infection causes immune cells to self-destruct, study says

Scientists say they have discovered a key process by which the AIDS virus kills key immune cells: It triggers a preprogrammed self-destruct sequence within the cell that is intended to alert fellow immune cells of a crisis.<p>In papers published simultaneously Thursday in Science and Nature, …

Immunotherapy

Breast cancer: Drug 'halves' risk of tumours

<b>A "landmark study" shows a drug can more than halve the development of breast cancer in high-risk women.</b><p>A trial on 4,000 women, published in the Lancet, showed anastrozole was more effective, cheaper and had fewer side effects than current medications.<p>It stops the production of the hormone …

Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

A Gut-Check for Cancer

What grows—or doesn’t grow—in your gut may affect your risk<p>You might call it a beer belly, but really, your gut’s full of bugs. Trillions of tiny bacteria teem through your digestive system, serving important functions such as helping you break down food. Now, new research suggests people with …

Cancer

Cancer Immunotherapy Named Science 'Breakthrough of the Year'

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 12/19/2013 02:12 PM EST on LiveScience<p>A type of cancer treatment that directs the body's own immune system to fight cancer cells has been named as the "breakthrough of the year" by one of the world's top science journals.<p>The journal Science said today …

Immune Attack Up Close

A microscope powerful enough to capture a single molecule has taken the clearest picture yet of the immune system in action.<p>The technique, called …

Why Women's Immune Systems Are Stronger Than Men's - D-brief

By Gemma Tarlach | December 23, 2013 2:00 pm<p>Women overreacting is an old and tired stereotype — but there’s some truth to it, at least …

Microscope Images Show Topography Of Tears

A new art exhibit shows similarites between mountains and salt crystals.<p>We cry for various reasons: happiness, sadness, cutting onions. But almost invariably, we wipe away those tears or they are otherwise dried up, washed away or discarded. But photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher decided to do just the …

Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

This scary superbug has a weak spot - Futurity

Scientists have pinpointed a potential way to stop a hospital superbug that causes deadly infections and is very resistant to antibiotics.

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Gut bacteria lose their tails to evade antibodies - Futurity

New research reveals the complex dynamic between gut bacteria and the immune system that keeps proteins from flagellin—bacterial tails—under control.

Breast cancer spreads when tumors can't 'breathe' - Futurity

Lack of oxygen inside a breast cancer tumor can trigger the chain of events that spreads the disease throughout the body, biologists say.

Your culture determines what you remember - Futurity

The details you remember about an event, such as your last birthday party, are determined in part by your cultural background.

Virus grows a temporary tube to inject DNA - Futurity

During an infection a certain type of virus forms a tube-like structure to deliver DNA. The tube dissolves when the job is done.

This enzyme may be the best way to stop malaria - Futurity

Scientists have identified a potential way to stop malaria parasites from multiplying, a critical step in developing new treatments for the disease.