Journal Club

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Category Archives: Applied Biological Sciences

Making vaccines not need refrigeration

Millions of deaths happen each year from vaccine-preventable diseases because vaccines break down from heat and developing countries often lack ways to properly refrigerate them. Now researchers suggest eggshell-like coatings can make vaccines more thermally stable. Vaccines against polio, smallpox, … Continue reading

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Problems in the cotton field

For US cotton farmers the world changed dramatically in 1996. During the prior year, the nibblings of tobacco budworms, cotton bollworms, and pink bollworms cost the industry upwards of a quarter billion dollars in lost yields. But in 1996 a … Continue reading

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Malnourishment in fetuses a risk factor for later diabetes

In the past century, Austria experienced three major famines. Now researchers suggest those born in these times of hunger suffered from excess risk for diabetes, according to a paper published in PNAS Early Edition. In 1918, at the end of … Continue reading

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Gauging the potential of a “micro” window into disease

With every beat of a person’s heart, blood whooshes through their vessels, transporting blood cells, immune cells, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body. Over time, as blood pulses in and out of the heart, it accumulates other materials—hormones, cells from … Continue reading

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