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Immune System

  • Study Shows Link Between Influenza Virus and Fever
    Viruses are microscopically sized parasites. They plant their genes in the cells of their victim in order to 'reprogram' them. The infected cells then no longer produce what they need to live, making lots of new viruses instead. Luckily, in most cases this hostile takeover ...More
    November 16, 2009 Posted in News
  • NIAID Announces New Human Immunology Research Awards to Help Fight Emerging Infectious Diseases
    The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded approximately $208 million to two programs that support research to better understand the human immune response to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including those that may be ...More
    November 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Two-Pronged Protein Attack Could be Source of SARS Virulence
    Ever since the previously unknown SARS virus emerged from southern China in 2003, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston virologists have focused on finding the source of the pathogen's virulence — its ability to cause disease. In the 2003 epidemic, ...More
    October 29, 2009 Posted in News, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Earlier Flu Viruses Provided Some Immunity to Current H1N1 Influenza, Study Shows
    University of California at Davis researchers studying the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, formerly referred to as "swine flu," have identified a group of immunologically important sites on the virus that are also present in seasonal flu viruses that have been circulating for ...More
    October 14, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researchers Identify Key Behavior of Immune Response to Listeria
    A team of University of British Columbia (UBC) microbiologists has identified a key defense mechanism used by the immune system against Listeria with strong implications for the future development of vaccines.Listeria is the bacteria that causes listeriosis, a foodborne ...More
    October 6, 2009 Posted in News
  • Researcher Identifies New Target to Prevent Fatal Flu Lung Complication
    Research led by Dr. Jay Kolls, professor and chairman of genetics at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, has identified a therapeutic target for acute lung injury resulting in acute respiratory distress syndrome, a highly fatal complication of influenza infection. The ...More
    September 29, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Probes How Cells Fight Pathogens
    Scientists have deciphered a key molecular circuit that enables the body to distinguish viruses from bacteria and other microbes, providing a deep view of how immune cells in mammals fend off different pathogens. The new research, which appears in the Sept. 3 advance online ...More
    September 4, 2009 Posted in News
  • Friendly Gut Bacteria Lend a Hand to Fight Infection
    Immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that bacteria present in the human gut help initiate the body’s defense mechanisms against Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite responsible for toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is generally a mild infection, ...More
    August 20, 2009 Posted in News, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • First Human Gets New Antibody Aimed at Hepatitis C Virus
    Building upon a series of successful preclinical studies, researchers at MassBiologics of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) today announced the beginning of a Phase 1 clinical trial, testing the safety and activity of a human monoclonal antibody they ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News
  • Current Hepatitis C Treatments Work Equally Well
    The three treatment combinations for clearing the most common form of the hepatitis C virus work equally well with similar side effects, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers and their colleagues in 13 other institutions have found. Hepatitis C affects nearly 4 million ...More
    August 7, 2009 Posted in News