Immunology for Non-Immunologists: Challenges and Opportunities with Influenza Virus

Influenza is a complex, unpredictable virus that has kept scientists searching for more universal vaccinations and treatments to the deadly disease. Two mechanisms render the immune system ineffective in fighting the influenza virus: antigenic drift and antigenic shift. Antigenic Drift: Due to the lack of RNA proofreading enzymes, influenza virus genomes can accumulate mutations through…

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SITC 2018: Restaurant Guide to Washington, D.C.

Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer is making its way up the Potomac to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for its 33rd iteration. We’ve been to a few events at this venue, which offers a mix of dining options within a few walking blocks of nearby hotels. Browse a list of some of the top-rated…

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Save Time with Ready-to-Use Mast Cells

If you use mast cells for allergy or inflammation research, you have undoubtedly wasted time procuring stem cells or bone marrow cells from a specific human or mouse donor, adding the right protein and growth factor, culturing, and incubating before finally collecting the mast cells 2–3 weeks later. All before you could even start using…

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Webinar: How to Measure Immune Cell Activation

Did you miss our webinar on 14 Ways to Measure Immune Cell Activation? No problem! Access the webinar on-demand at any time here. View the webinar recording to learn about the four main categories of measuring immune cell activation, including the pros and cons of several specific assays. You’ll get our recommendations on when to…

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The Guide to Platelet-Derived Growth Factors

Growth factors are essential to immune system research as the mechanism through which we replicate and understand cell proliferation, differentiation, and growth in vitro. There are many growth factors from which to choose for in vitro research, but selecting the right growth factor is not always a clear decision. A Focus on Platelet-Derived Growth Factors…

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