Global Strep A vaccine one step closer

The search for a global Strep A vaccine has narrowed after researchers sequenced the DNA of more than 2000 Group A Streptococcus samples from around the world. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the University of Cambridge, the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) in Australia, and the University of Queensland, Australia,…

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First-of-its-kind study in endothelial stem cells finds exposure to flavored e-cigarette liquids, e-cigarette use exacerbates cell dysfunction

There has been a rapid rise in e-cigarette use, but its health effects have not been well-studied and their effect on vascular health remains unknown. A first of its kind study in endothelial stem cells, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found acute exposure to flavored e-liquids or e-cigarette use exacerbates…

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Coat of proteins makes viruses more infectious and links them to Alzheimer’s disease

IMAGE: Proteins in the fluid surrounding the target cell bind to a virus and can make it more infectious. The virus can also accelerate the formation of threadlike amyloid fibrils that… view more  Credit: E. Wikander/Azote/Stockholm University New research from Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet shows that viruses interact with proteins in the biological fluids of…

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New causes of autism found in ‘junk’ DNA

Leveraging artificial intelligence techniques, researchers have demonstrated that mutations in so-called ‘junk’ DNA can cause autism. The study, published May 27 in Nature Genetics, is the first to functionally link such mutations to the neurodevelopmental condition. The research was led by Olga Troyanskaya in collaboration with Robert Darnell. Troyanskaya is deputy director for genomics at…

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