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The Role of Mast Cells i the Defence against Pathogens | PLoS Pathog. Apr 2012

PLOS Pathogens: Yersinia pestis DNA from Skeletal Remains from the 6th Century AD Reveals Insights into Justinianic Plague

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Weight loss 'is body's way of fighting off gut worms'

The immune system hijacks a hormone that controls when to stop eating, their study of mice suggests. This then triggers the type of immune response needed to expel the worms from the gut, PLoS Pathogens reports.


White blood cells engulfing spores of Aspergillus fumigatus. Coloured SEM.

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Bacterial weaponry that causes stillbirth revealed

BAD BUDDIES  Toxic balloons bud from Strep B. A new study in pregnant mice shows these fluid-filled sacs can cause inflammation, premature delivery and stillbirth. ~~ M.V. Surve et al/PLOS Pathogens 2016

PLOS Biology: Imperfect Vaccination Can Enhance the Transmission of Highly Virulent Pathogens

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HIV flushed out by cancer drug

HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show. The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves "HIV reservoirs" untouched.The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was "highly potent" at reactivating hidden HIV.