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    COVID May 1, 2021
  • COVID Booster

    Five things we learned about COVID last week.

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    COVID March 27, 2021
  • Novel solution for deadly allergies

    Researchers may have found the key to preventing killer allergic reactions – embedded in our own ...

    Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a function in the immune system that could ho...

    Health March 15, 2021
  • How the gut protects the brain

    Defence antibodies learn from the intestine.

    The gut is well known for being the first line of defence against infection, but it seems it also protects our most i...

    Body and Mind November 5, 2020
  • Flexibility helps immune system target viruses

    Study findings provide new insights for vaccine design.

    Australian researchers say they have uncovered a strategy the immune system uses to generate effective antibodies, wh...

    Health August 25, 2020
  • Partner Content

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    We need to ensure that more rare blood types are covered.

    It’s often said that no matter who we are, “we all bleed red”. But although our blood may be the same colour, we’re a...

    ASC Edits May 15, 2019
  • Shot protects against HIV in monkeys

    Research raises hope for HIV prevention injection in humans.

    Researchers have developed an antibody that protects rhesus monkeys from infection by simian HIV (SHIV), a virus simi...

    Animals April 16, 2018
  • Peanut antibodies in breast milk may protect kids from allergy

    Study finds that antibodies can be transferred to offspring by nursing mothers.

    Breast milk can protect babies against food allergies – but only if the mother has consumed the catalyst foods first....

    Biology November 21, 2017
  • How immune cell ‘anti-heroes’ are locked-down

    Our immune system balances on a knife edge.

    Antibodies are Y-shaped proteins used by the immune system to defend against foreign invaders such as microbes. Stopp...

    Biology November 10, 2016
  • Saving the world's crops with a bee vaccine

    Beekeepers to exploit trick to protect their hives.

    Could vaccinating baby bees reverse the global decline in bee numbers? Dalial Freitak at the University of Helsinki a...

    Biology August 31, 2015
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