Probing the aetiology of renal disease: Ming-hui Zhao & Jing Huang on FSGS

Research in BMC Medicine probes the controversy around the cause of the glomerular disease FSGS and its potential causative agent, suPAR.

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Rodolphe Thiebaut and Laura Richert on how to accelerate HIV vaccine development

New methodology presented in Trials demonstrates how early stage clinical development of HIV vaccines can be accelerated with an adaptive approach

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Juliana Chan on unravelling the link between diabetes and cancer risk

Research in BMC Medicine looks at the link between diabetes and cancer risk, probing the additive effects of glycaemic control and inhibitory drugs

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Epigenomic clues to human inflammatory disease from comparative primate analyses

Q&A with Genome Medicine author on how comparative epigenomics across primates can provide insights to human inflammatory disease

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Kathryn Maitland on treating severe anaemia in sub-Saharan Africa

BMC Medicine study reveals how changes to current blood transfusion guidelines for severe anaemia in resource limited settings may improve outcomes

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Mathew Blurton-Jones on neural stem cells for treating Alzheimer’s

Researchers reveal how neural stem cells expressing an enzyme capable of degrading beta-amyloid may aid future therapies for Alzheimer’s disease

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Gabriele Sorci on unexpected mate choices in an isolated bird population

Research in BMC Evolutionary Biology reveals how, in an isolated population of house sparrows, females prefer genetically similar males as mates

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Ross Prentice on hormone therapies and breast cancer risk postmenopause

Research in Breast Cancer Research investigates the effects of different hormone therapies on breast cancer risks in postmenopausal women

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Lanjuan Li on the immune impact of H7N9 bird flu infection in humans

Research in Critical Care provides insights on the immunological changes that occur during human infection with H7N9

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Backman, Cherkezyan and Stypula-Cyrus on nanoscale chromatin changes in cancer

Researchers reveal nanoscale alterations in the chromatin structure of cells within cancerous tissue prior to detectable microscopic changes