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Looking For The Key To Immunity
2013-02-04 13:35:50

ESA [ Watch The Video ] Living in space weakens astronauts´ immune systems, researchers have discovered. The findings are providing clues on how to tackle diseases on Earth before symptoms appear. Ever since the first humans ventured into space we have known that astronauts can suffer from common infections that would be quickly dealt with by healthy people on Earth. Until now, it was not clear what was blocking astronauts´ immune systems from working normally. In 2006,...

2013-02-04 10:28:23

Scientists have identified the gene essential for survival of antibody-producing cells, a finding that could lead to better treatments for diseases where these cells are out of control, such as myeloma and chronic immune disorders. The discovery that a gene called Mcl-1 is critical for keeping this vital immune cell population alive was made by researchers at Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Associate Professor David Tarlinton, Dr Victor Peperzak and Dr Ingela Vikstrom from the...

2013-01-25 09:37:24

U-M findings reveal how certain genes activate cells that cause rheumatoid arthritis in mice; discovery may extend to other autoimmune diseases University of Michigan research sheds new light on why certain people are more likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis — paving the way to explore new treatments for both arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. The new UMHS research in mice identifies how a specific group of genes works behind the scenes to activate the bone-destroying...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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