Science news: Nov 2016

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A novel zebrafish model enables genetic studies of Hirschsprung disease

A zebrafish model of Hirschsprung disease enables scientists to study the disease’s causes and consequences in real life in live animals.
30 November 2016

Inflammatory responses in flies give insights into human diseases

Fruit flies and humans have much in common when it comes to inflammatory responses to stress or injury.
22 November 2016

Scientists reveal how immune system tags Toxoplasma capsule

Crick scientists have discovered how the body's immune system deals with the prolific Toxoplasma parasite as it attempts to hide itself inside human cells.
22 November 2016

Insights into the mechanisms of homologous recombination, an important DNA repair process

Work led by Francis Crick Institute scientists has improved our understanding of homologous recombination – an essential process for repairing broken DNA that could otherwise lead to cancer.
17 November 2016

Zebrafish research identifies a key mechanism underlying organ positioning

Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute have discovered the cell-cell interaction responsible for positioning the liver on one side of the body during zebrafish development.
07 November 2016

Ancient antiviral mechanism hidden in mammalian cells but still active

An ancient system used by invertebrates to fight viruses still exists in mammals, but is masked by a mammal-specific antiviral mechanism.
04 November 2016

Scientists discover immune cell trigger

Scientists have now discovered how CD4 immune cells switch from their normal 'helper' role to acting as 'killer' cells.
01 November 2016