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2012-04-10 13:53:32

New method for direct identification of antigens The immune system is a vital part of our defenses against pathogens, but it can also attack host tissues, resulting in autoimmune disease. The antigens that induce destructive immune reactions can now be identified directly — without any prior knowledge of their possible structure. Molecules that activate immune responses, generically termed antigens, are recognized by circulating immune cells. In the case of autoimmune reactions,...

2012-01-06 10:09:31

In a major shake-up of scientists' understanding of what determines the fate of cells, researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have shown that cells have some control over their own destiny. The researchers, from the institute's Immunology division, drew their conclusion after studying B cells, immune system cells that can make antibodies. B cells can have multiple fates. Some of the more common fates are to die, divide, become an antibody-secreting cell or change what...

2010-11-01 15:12:07

New approach could speed better tests for earliest appearance of cancer cells and help develop vaccines Scientists at Johns Hopkins have taken a less-is-more approach to designing effective drug treatments that are precisely tailored to disease-causing pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, and cancer cells, any of which can trigger the body's immune system defenses. In a report to be published in the latest issue of Nature Medicine online Oct. 31, researchers describe a new...

2010-03-18 13:49:06

EUREKA project E! 3424 RECAN has developed a range of unique and highly specific monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies "“ the proteins produced in the blood which counteract bacteria, viruses or cancerous cells. This was achieved by first producing a number of recombinant proteins which are important components of cellular signaling pathways. These proteins themselves have direct uses in immunization and experimental studies. A further key advance is the incorporation of novel...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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