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Genetic Factors Responsible For Immune Variation

A research consortium led by CNRS research director Dr. Lluis Quintana-Murci has recently described the genetic factors involved in the immune variation on a large scale within the French population. An expansive collection of biological specimens from 1,000 French volunteers were studied.

Role of Virus-blocking Bacterium in Mosquitoes

New research reveals details of the mechanism by which the bacterium Wolbachia blocks viruses in mosquito cells, suggesting that it reduces viral replication inside cells and that rapid degradation of viral RNA is involved. Professor Scott O'Neill, Program Director of the World Mosquito Program, led by Australia's Monash University, and colleagues report their findings in PLOS Pathogens.

Human Heart Cells Can Divide, Multiply And Develop

In this study, the human heart cells can divide and multiply, allowing the heart to grow and develop. The problem is that, right after birth, cardiomyocytes their ability to divide. The same is true for many other human cells, including those of the brain, spinal cord, and pancreas. The study has published in the journal Cell.

Development of a Cost-Effective Way to Culture Stem Cells

Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) can infinitely self-renew and develop into all major cell types in the body, making them important for organ repair and replacement. But culturing them in large quantities can be expensive. Now researchers have developed a more cost-effective culture by using a new combination of chemical compounds.

Lymphoma: Epigenetics Therapy Shows promising Cure

New compounds targeting epigenetics have shown remarkable early activity in patients with lymphoma, according to data presented at the TAT (Targeted Anticancer Therapies) International Congress 2018 in Paris, France. ESMO's phase-I oncology meeting featured early clinical studies with BET inhibitors and EZH2 inhibitors.