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Breakthrough in coronavirus research provides map for vaccines
Critical research reveals the 3D atomic-scale map of the spike protein of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which is responsible for infecting humans. This breakthrough will aid in the development of vaccines and antiviral drugs to combat the spread of the virus. The research was published in Science on February 19.  Discuss
Communication of cancer cells analyzed with organoids and novel cytometry
A new technique using organoids, self-organizing 3D tissue models, can decipher how individual cancer cells communicate with each other and the unique signals they create. This research, published in Nature Methods on February 17, could be used to help develop personalized cancer treatments in the future.  Discuss
Genetically engineered probiotics successfully deliver immunotherapies
A new technology enables genetically engineered probiotic bacteria to be used as an efficacious, stable, and safe platform to deliver immunotherapies directly into a variety of tumors in just a single dose. The research was published online on February 12 in Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss
T cells work as a team to fight infection
Immune cells may be better at sensing each other than previously thought, according to a new study published in Immunity on February 11. Researchers from Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.K. revealed a mechanism T cells use to work as a team and mutually determine how to fight infections.  Discuss
Math models improve the effectiveness of immunotherapy
Scientists working at the intersection of math and medicine propose new strategies based on mathematical modeling and known molecular mechanisms to improve the efficacy of lifesaving immunotherapies for cancerous tumors. The work was published on February 3 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Discuss
Chinese researchers mobilize to classify 2019-nCoV
In response to a recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-CoV), scientists in China have uncovered genetic similarities with severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronaviruses by analyzing patient samples from the source of the outbreak. Their findings provide crucial evidence that will aid in the classification and identification of 2019-CoV, according to a new report published in Nature on February 3.  Discuss
Brain's immune system blocks blood immune cells from healing spinal injuries
Molecular and computational analysis of immune responses in the central nervous system reveals that the brain's immune system may prevent blood immune cells from entering a lesion site after injury. The research, published online in Science Advances on January 15, may offer new avenues to treat certain neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and spinal cord injury.  Discuss
Nanoparticles eat cardiovascular plaques from the inside out
Scientists have engineered a nanoparticle that eats plaques associated with cardiovascular disease -- from the inside out. This Trojan horse technology could offer a new therapeutic option for the treatment of atherosclerosis, according to a study published in Nature Nanotechnology on January 27.  Discuss
Nanoparticles direct 'suicide genes' to treat brain tumors in children
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University report a bioengineered nanoparticle that successfully delivers a "suicide gene" to pediatric brain tumor cells implanted in the brains of mice. Details of the nanoparticle treatment were published in the January 2020 edition of Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine.  Discuss
Improving melanoma immunotherapies by regulating Treg proliferation
A new pathway to regulating anti-tumor immunity and increasing the effectiveness of PD-1 therapies was identified by scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. The results were published in Nature Communications on January 7.  Discuss
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