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New findings reported in the journal eLife add evidence that the trillions of microbes in the human body play a major role in regulating health.
2013-11-06 19:01:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online New findings reported in the journal eLife add evidence that the trillions of microbes in the human body play a major role in regulating health. Scientists used a sophisticated DNA analysis to compare gut bacteria from fecal samples of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and healthy individuals. The team found that P. copri was more abundant in patients newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis than in healthy individuals or patients...

2013-06-27 23:30:59

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Monday presented the first annual Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine to New York University (NYU) immunology researcher Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD for his early discoveries and ongoing research to better understand viral, immune and inflammatory diseases. This was the first conferred Ross Prize, an annual award, which includes a $50,000 prize, by the peer-reviewed, open-access journal Molecular Medicine. Manhasset, NY (PRWEB) June 27, 2013 The...

2011-09-14 22:35:31

Research adds to growing knowledge of how gut bacteria influence health Scientists have deciphered the genome of a bacterium implicated as a key player in regulating the immune system of mice. The genomic analysis provides the first glimpse of its unusually sparse genetic blueprint and offers hints about how it may activate a powerful immune response that protects mice from infection but also spurs harmful inflammation. The researchers, led by Dan Littman, the Helen L. and Martin S....

2009-10-15 14:15:57

Out of the trillions of "friendly" bacteria - representing hundreds of species -that make our intestines their home, new evidence in mice suggests that it may be a very select few that shape our immune responses. The findings detailed in two October 16th reports appearing in the journals Cell and Immunity, both Cell Press publications, offer new insight into the constant dialogue that goes on between intestinal microbes and the immune system, and point to a remarkably big role for a class of...

2009-10-15 11:47:00

Discovery lays groundwork for better understanding of protective human microbes in the gut Medical researchers have long suspected that obscure bacteria living within the intestinal tract may help keep the human immune system in balance. An international collaboration co-led by scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center has now identified a bizarre-looking microbial species that can single-handedly spur the production of specialized immune cells in mice. This remarkable activation of the immune...

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