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How the Anthrax Toxin Forms a Deadly “Conveyer Belt”


Researchers have built a three-dimensional map of the anthrax toxin that may explain how it efficiently transfers its lethal components into the cytoplasm of infected cells. The study, “Structure of anthrax lethal toxin prepore complex suggests a...
19-Sep-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Consuming Fewer Calories Reduces the Risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, JEM Study Suggests


Mice placed on a low-calorie diet are less likely to develop abdominal aortic aneurysms, according to a new study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. The paper, “Calorie restriction protects against experimental abdominal aortic aneurysms in...
20-Sep-2016 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

New Study Explains Why MRSA ‘Superbug’ Kills Influenza Patients


Researchers have discovered that secondary infection with the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium (or “superbug”) often kills influenza patients because the flu virus alters the antibacterial response of white blood...
9-Aug-2016 12:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers Develop New Strategy to Limit Side Effects of Stem Cell Transplants


Scientists in Germany have developed a new approach that may prevent leukemia and lymphoma patients from developing graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) after therapeutic bone marrow transplants. The researchers describe the successful application of...
9-Aug-2016 8:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Researchers Identify a New Genetic Cause of Coats Plus Syndrome


A team of Israeli researchers has discovered that mutations in STN1, a gene that helps maintain the ends of chromosomes, cause the rare, inherited disorder Coats plus syndrome. The study, “Mutations in STN1 cause Coats plus syndrome and are...
13-Jul-2016 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Why KID Syndrome Patients Experience Different Sets of Symptoms


A team of New York-based researchers has compared the effects of two disease-causing mutations, potentially explaining why patients with the rare genetic disorder keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness (KID) syndrome can experience different sets of...
27-Jun-2016 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Michel C. Nussenzweig Wins 2016 Robert Koch Award


Michel C. Nussenzweig has won the 2016 Robert Koch Award, one of Germany’s most prestigious scientific prizes, honoring extraordinary accomplishments in infectious disease research. Nussenzweig will share the €100,000 prize with Alberto...
22-Jun-2016 3:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Mobilizing Mitochondria May Be Key to Regenerating Damaged Neurons

Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke have discovered that boosting the transport of mitochondria along neuronal axons enhances the ability of mouse nerve cells to repair themselves after injury. The study,...
7-Jun-2016 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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