Cytokines: Deadly Storms of the Immune System

Cytokine Storms: How Immune Resistance Can Turn Deadly.

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The word “storm” might make you think of thunder and lightening, or maybe floods, tornadoes and hurricanes. These storms can cause a lot of damage and led to 2,143 injuries and 522 deaths in 2015. However, there is another kind of storm, a much deadlier storm, that in past, killed more people than WWII. This deadly storm is called a cytokine storm.

From Pipette to Gavel: Using DNA Sequencing to Combat Ivory Cartels

DNA sequencing can be used to incriminate ivory traffickers and help save elephants from extinction

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Using DNA analysis of ivory and dung samples from Elephants across Africa, a team at the University of Washington demonstrates how tusks shipped across the world can be linked to incriminate traffickers. This new strategy may help save African Elephants from devastating population loss due to poaching.

You Are What You Eat, And The Planet Is Too

Have you heard the saying: ‘you are what you eat?’ This saying is true for us, and it’s true for the planet we live on - Planet Earth is what we eat.

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We know that the planet is slowly dying, but what you might not know is how much your weekly cheeseburger is contributing to not only greenhouse gas emissions but also water and land depletion.

Chickenpox To Shingles: Young to Old and How Vaccines Changed the Game

Are you itching to learn more about chickenpox and how it connects to shingles? Do the vaccines work?

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One in three people develop shingles in their lifetime. What causes this epidemic? The same virus that causes chickenpox causes shingles, Varicella-zoster virus (VZV)1. VZV is a member of the herpes family - whose other members are responsible for cold sores and genital herpes1. The first infection with VZV causes chickenpox2. Once the active infection is over, the virus becomes latent - it’s still present in your body, but it’s now hiding from your immune system in nerve cells i.e. neurons3. If the virus re-activates, this secondary infection is called shingles3.