Immunology

The jumping gene and the soluble protein

Kevin Ng and colleagues are behind the discovery of a soluble protein produced by a “jumping gene” – an insertion of ancient parasitic DNA into the genome. The work has the potential to transform immunotherapy treatment and may also have therapeutic implications.

Tackling drug-resistant strains of TB

New drugs to treat strains of TB that have become resistant to treatment are now a possibility it is claimed, following a discovery from the University of Surrey.

Anaphylaxis: a personal account

Have you ever associated food with fatality? Have you ever felt anxious, as if you could be eating your Last Supper? Oli Weatherall has.

HIV “reservoir” finding

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) can suppress HIV to the point where the virus is nearly undetectable, and people on medication can live for many years. 

The danger in our drinking water

Plastics in our wastewater are breaking down into tiny particles and causing potentially catastrophic consequences for our health.

Sepsis and antibiotics

The ADAPT-Sepsis Trial Coordinating team explains how NHS biochemistry teams are leading in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Testosterone plea

Calls have been made for testosterone to be licensed in the UK for post-menopausal women.

“Life changing” drug deal

Families have welcomed a deal which will make two “life-changing” cystic fibrosis drugs available to eligible patients in Scotland. 

Helpful and harmful gut immune cells

A type of immune cell that contributes to inflammatory bowel disease exists in two forms – “good” and “bad”.

New barometer for inflammatory disease

A unique discovery about the nature of neutrophils may lead to new models for diagnosing and tracking inflammatory diseases such as cancer and osteoarthritis. 

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