Herpes Simple Virus Type II is capable of eluding vaccines that utilize the body’s adaptive immune response. Yale Professor of Immunobiology Akiko Iwasaki and her research group have discovered a network of immune cells that provides sustained protection at the site of infection, suggesting a more effective approach to vaccine development.
Many people wish they had the memory of fictional detective Cam Jansen, who can remember scenes so vividly and so accurately, it is as if she is looking at a photograph. As amazing as this ability is in helping Cam Jansen solve mysteries, evidence suggests that it is not possible in real life.
Recent studies in the field of microbiology have overturned prior beliefs on the mechanism of action of antibiotics. These findings hold promise for the future development of antibiotic drugs for combatting the rise in superbugs worldwide. But first, the mystery surrounding antibiotics must be solved.
A better understanding of neural interaction with fat tissue can lead to more targeted treatments for obesity.
Recent research on the worm C. elegans reveals a connection between the gene SKN-1, proline, and fat accumulation. In the future, miracle drugs may target these genes to prevent weight gain, even in the condition of a high-sugar diet.
In Working Stiff, Dr. Judy Melinek presents her work as a medical examiner trainee in forensic pathology. The text is fascinating, engaging, and emotional – unfortunately, it is not entirely scientific.
Recent studies have shown that concussions are correlated with depression, but more work needs to be done to probe for causation.
Recently, the Nonhuman Rights Project fought for legal personhood for a 26 year-old chimpanzee named Tommy. The case relates to current research on primate genetics, cognition, and emotion.
The world is a beautiful mess of visual information. Yale Professor Steven Zucker and his research group recently announced findings that unite mathematics, neurobiology, and psychology to make sense of how the brain makes sense of it all.
Professor Walter Jetz recently received a boost in NSF funding for projects integrating the global distribution of species with their placement on the tree of life.