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06/08 News Flash 4: Alpacas, Antibodies, and Antivirals

06/08 News Flash 4: Alpacas, Antibodies, and Antivirals

Art by Anmei Little. Although alpacas are known for their soft, warm fleece, they may soon be known for their antibodies. The alpaca antibody Ty1 has antiviral potential for COVID-19, according to researchers at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. As

Counterpoint: The New 98.6 Degrees – How and why human body temperature has lowered

Counterpoint: The New 98.6 Degrees – How and why human body temperature has lowered

During a sick call or an annual check-up, one of the first measurements collected by the doctor is the patient’s body temperature. Courtesy of Roy Perry on Wikimedia Commons. When you go to the doctor, the first measurement taken—whether it’s

Triple Threat: Three-Drug Combination Increases Fruit Fly Lifespan by 50%

Triple Threat: Three-Drug Combination Increases Fruit Fly Lifespan by 50%

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons In the last century, American life expectancy has more than doubled from forty-seven years in 1900 to seventy-eight in 2019. With antibiotics and vaccines, child mortality rates have sharply dropped alongside mortality rates at every

Blaming Bacteria: The biggest contributor to human drug metabolism isn’t human

Blaming Bacteria: The biggest contributor to human drug metabolism isn’t human

You share 99.9 percent of your genetic material with the person sitting next to you. This genetic material, or DNA, encodes the proteins your body produces and, by extension, all of your traits. However, despite your genetic similarity, your neighbor

Essential Errors: Advantageous error-prone DNA Translation

Essential Errors: Advantageous error-prone DNA Translation

In the average adult human, half a pound of proteins is turned over daily–destroyed and rebuilt from scratch. Among the many biological processes that occupy an organism throughout its lifetime, protein production ranks among the most intensive. Most forms of

MVP CAR T-Cells: How a new technology can predict clinical responses to targeted T-cell cancer therapy

MVP CAR T-Cells: How a new technology can predict clinical responses to targeted T-cell cancer therapy

Everyone generates cancerous cells. The human body is made up of more than a hundred million cells that may mutate during the process of division to grow uncontrollably—i.e. become cancerous. However, the human immune system has built-in mechanisms that detect