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Acid-sensitive molecular changes contribute to the emergence of pandemic influenza

Acid-sensitive molecular changes contribute to the emergence of pandemic influenza

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have identified a molecular property of the hemagglutinin protein that contributed to the emergence of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza virus. The findings may help officials recognize and control flu viruses that pose the greatest risk to humans. The study appears in the online, early edition of the scientific […]

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Diabetes breakthrough: encapsulated pancreas cells could end injections

Diabetes breakthrough: encapsulated pancreas cells could end injections

New research shows that by encapsulating them in a new biomaterial, implanted human pancreatic cells can withstand attack by the immune system in mice for up to 6 months, while maintaining their ability to sense high blood sugar and produce insulin in response. The researchers encapsulated the insulin-producing cells in a new biomaterial – derived […]

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Infant-friendly flu vaccine developed with key protein

Infant-friendly flu vaccine developed with key protein

According to the World Health Organization, influenza causes serious illness among millions of people each year, resulting in 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. Those most at risk include infants younger than six months, because they cannot be vaccinated against the disease. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have identified a naturally occurring […]