Journal Club

Highlighting recently published papers selected by Academy members

Monthly Archives: March 2014

Skin’s immune memory lasts a lifetime

When a patch of skin becomes inflamed—due to an infection or irritation—immune cells flock to the site to fight off any pathogens. Now, scientists have discovered that cells lodged in the skin keep the memory of such an infection for … Continue reading

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The value of a good reputation — It pays to be a good sport

Instead of finishing last, nice guys actually come out on top. Earning a reputation as a cooperative, hard worker pays off in community support, which can in turn lead to healthier families, report anthropologists in a recent paper in Proceedings … Continue reading

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Short fuse, short telomeres

Men who live a high-stress life—with few social resources, low levels of optimism, and above-average levels of hostility—show signs of the stress in their cells. The ends of their chromosomes, so-called telomeres which wear down naturally as a person ages, … Continue reading

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In the deepest deep, fish can’t take the pressure

Living at the bottom of the Mariana Trench would feel like 50 jumbo jets were piled on top of you. Surveys of our planet’s watery depths reveal that life can thrive even at these outrageously high pressures. But fish, it … Continue reading

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If IPM works so well, why aren’t developing countries adopting it?

For the past 50 years integrated pest management (IPM) has become the go-to strategy for protecting crops. Yet, despite the global praise of scientists, politicians and development agencies, IPM remains severely under-adopted in poor countries. Many obstacles–ranging from a lack … Continue reading

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