Infectious Diseases

Gut Epithelium Muscles Up Against Infection

Uppsala, Sweden — To maximise absorption of nutrients from the diet, the intestinal mucous membrane has a large surface area. However, this also makes it vulnerable to attack from aggressive gut microbes....

T Cells Recognize Recent SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Bethesda, MD — When variants of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) emerged in late 2020, concern arose that they might elude protective immune responses generated by prior infection or vaccination,...

Protein Fingerprinting in Minutes

Berlin, Germany — Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Francis Crick Institute have developed a mass spectrometry-based technique capable of measuring samples containing...

‘Silencing’ Protein to Weaken COVID-19

Oeiras, Portugal — When invaded by a virus, our body cells launch an alert to neighbouring cells to increase their antiviral defenses to prevent the infection from spreading. Some viruses, however,...

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