Climate change can reduce the success of interventions that combat infectious disease

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Research from the lab of Jason Rohr, the Ludmilla F., Stephen J. and Robert T. Galla College Professor of Biological Sciences, and collaborators, published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), demonstrated significant findings about when to target interventions that control the spread of the tropical disease schistosomiasis. 

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Cancer cells mediate immune suppression in the brain

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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In newly published research in the journal Cell, researchers showed that one type of cell important for immunity, called a myeloid cell, can suppress the immune response — which has the effect of allowing breast cancer cells to metastasize to the brain to form secondary tumor cells there.

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Online biology courses engage students, mimic real life

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Using various online tools and unique classroom exercises, professors in the Department of Biology continue to deliver quality education to students during e-learning, caused because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And Hawk Assistant Professor Ana Lidia Flores-Mireles' class, with its focus on infectious diseases, is able to learn about the virus in different ways.

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Notre Dame biologist to study the role of woody vines in tropical forests

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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Tropical forests absorb more carbon than any other system, and therefore help regulate the earth’s climate. Lianas — woody vines — that surround trees in these forests have been shown to slow rates of tree growth, but their role hasn’t been fully studied.Tarzan may find lianas in the jungle useful, but David Medvigy, associate professor in the department of biological sciences, intends to find out what they add or take away from these ecosystems.

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