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Space Weakens Flies’ Immune Systems, Probably Ours Too

Flies are also very unfulfilled in space due to lack of poop.

You've heard of butterflies and houseflies, but did you know there are...flies in space? Researchers at the University of California Davis hatched twelve Drosophilia "space flies" on the Space Shuttle Discovery to discover how microgravity affects their immune systems, as well as our own.

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The Fat Get Fatter: Obese People Lose Immune Cells That Protect Against Obesity

Researchers have discovered a type of immune cell in the body that fights obesity and may prevent the onset of metabolic syndrome, which can be a precursor to conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Here's the catch, though -- subjects in the study who were already obese showed diminished counts of theseĀ invariant natural killer T-cells (iNKT) suggesting that while your body will help to defend you from becoming obese, it's only to a point. Abusing the privilege may see these fat-fighting cells throw in the towel and storm out in disgust as you put away yet another helping from the Extra Value Menu, and really, who can blame them?

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Study: New Virotherapy Cures Prostate Cancer In Mice

Finding a cure for cancer has been the mission of millions of scientists around the world. Significant breakthroughs have been made in developing treatments for cancer, and even some preventative measures have been developed like the HPV vaccine that guards against certain strains of the humanpapillomavirus, one of the few viral causes of cancer. But despite advances in immuno and virotherapy, there remains a need for an effective, easily produced, and easy to tolerate treatment for cancer.

Researchers working in part at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, and St. James University Hospital in Leeds, UK believe they have developed a new virotherapy with tremendous potential. Their method focuses on prostate cancer in mice, and while very successful it remains to be seen whether this therapy could be translated with the same effectiveness into humans.

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