Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have discovered a new kind of warning system that plays a role in the immune system. Mitochondria in the white blood cells produce a web of DNA fibers that act as a kind of alarm. The Mitochondrial web slinger White blood cells (leukocytes) are a primary part of our…

By now, the immunotherapeutic approach to fighting cancer has become so popular that you’ve most probably already heard of it—we’ve discussed it a few times too.  While immunotherapy is currently one of the best weapons in our anticancer arsenal, it is not always effective; however, researchers at Zurich University have recently found a way to…

The search for accurate ways to measure biological age is an ongoing quest in aging research. It is important for academia to reach a consensus on robust, cost-effective, and reliable biomarkers of aging in order for the field to progress. Currently, there is a lack of reliable and fast ways to assess biological age and…

Today, we are going to take a look at a new study in which scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have recently identified a type of cell that appears to be implied in thymic involution—the shrinking of the thymus[1]. Thymic involution is somewhat of a mystery in biology, a phenomenon…

Cancer can often evade the immune system by sending signals that fool it into thinking that the cancer cells are normal, healthy cells and that it should ignore them. Earlier this year, we reported on an approach to treating cancer in which the immune system can be taught to detect cancer by seeing past the…

T Cells are a major component of the formidable immune system that the body keeps at the ready to respond to the first sign of infection or disease. T cells detect if cells have been infected with a virus; upon detection, they trigger these cells’ ablation and destroy the virus. Unfortunately, the T cells do…

Natural killer (NK) cells are lymphocytes, immune cells which have a powerful arsenal of cytotoxic weaponry that they can use against tumors. Unfortunately, tumors protect themselves using a protective microenvironment that shields them from attack from NK cells. This microenvironment promotes tumor growth and survival and has an immunosuppressive effect that blunts the attempts of…

Atherosclerosis is the number one killer in the world, and science is working on solutions to combat this age-related disease. A new mouse study has shown that the drug trodusquemine can melt away the accumulated arterial plaques that lead to heart attacks and strokes. What is Atherosclerosis? Atherosclerosis is an age-related disease in which toxic,…

In recent articles, we have talked about the potential of the immune system to help repair tissue, including for peripheral nerve damage, Atherosclerosis, and Parkinson’s. Immune cells not only fight infection; as this new study shows, they also help the nervous system remove debris, paving the way for nerve regeneration following injury. While previous studies…

A research team at MIT has used synthetic biology to create a gene circuit that triggers the immune system to attack cancer when it first detects the signs of the disease. The circuit works by only activating the immune response when two specific cancer biomarkers are detected. The new study was published in the journal…

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