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CNN: Fiscal cliff ensnares science and research

Oct. 29, 2012—Pampee Young, associate professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, is one of many U.S. scientists whose research funding will be compromised by the impending enactment of the Budget Control Act (the "fiscal cliff") if Congress does not resolve the budget impasse.

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More gene links to breast cancer risk

Oct. 19, 2012—Two newly identified gene variants linked to breast cancer may aid in predicting disease risk and targeting screening and prevention strategies.

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Cell entry ports for cold virus

Sep. 25, 2012—The respiratory virus HMPV uses its fusion (F) protein – which interacts with cellular receptors called integrins – to bind to and enter target cells.

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On the hunt for bladder cancer factors

Jul. 26, 2012—A protein linked to aggressive bladder cancers could point to new strategies for treatment or prevention.

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Long antibodies better against HIV

Jul. 19, 2012—Understanding how antibodies with long “loops” form may be important for HIV vaccine development.

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Long live the therapeutic stem cells

May. 17, 2012—Enhancing stem cell survival is key to improving cell-based therapies for regenerative medicine, and a new drug could help.

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Dengue antibodies give vaccine leads

Apr. 27, 2012—New information may help speed development of a vaccine or treatment for dengue fever.

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Targeting post-transplant diabetes

Apr. 12, 2012—Targeting diabetes that develops after a stem cell transplant may help moderate graft-vs.-host disease, an adverse effect of the procedure, and improve outcomes.

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Vanderbilt research finds immune cells fan flames of obesity-related inflammation

Apr. 10, 2012—Researchers at Vanderbilt University have discovered that an unusual set of immune cells, called invariant natural killer T cells, can exacerbate obesity-related inflammation.

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Reversing lipid woes in cystic fibrosis

Mar. 3, 2012—Abnormal levels of fatty acids in the blood and tissues of patients with cystic fibrosis may be reversed by supplementation with the fatty acids DHA and EPA.

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On the tail of RSV infection mechanism

Feb. 15, 2012—New details about the life cycle of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) could aid the development of therapies to combat this leading cause of serious illness in infants and the elderly.

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