Science news: Jan 2015

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New class of antibodies raises hope of dengue fever vaccine

A new class of human antibodies against the dengue fever virus could be exploited to develop a vaccine.
30 January 2015

Major cause of blindness linked to calcium deposits in the eye

Microscopic spheres of calcium phosphate may play a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
20 January 2015

Genetics underpinning antimalarial drug resistance revealed

The largest genome-wide study of parasite provides the clearest picture yet of genetic changes driving artemisinin resistance.
19 January 2015

High-fat diet triggers immune response in flies

A fat-heavy diet triggers an immune response that may lead to diabetes and other health problems.
15 January 2015

Bacteria could contribute to development of wound-induced skin cancer

A new mechanism by which skin damage triggers tumour formation could have implications for patients with chronic ulcers or skin blistering diseases.
09 January 2015

Study sheds light on link between gut microorganisms and nervous system

Research helps explain the link between gut microorganisms and nerve cell networks in our intestines. It’s hoped that the findings will lead to new treatments to protect against bowel infections and inflammatory conditions
08 January 2015

How cancer cells move in different ways through different parts of the body

Researchers have worked out how cancer cells can adapt the way they move to get through different tissues.
01 January 2015