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Why a common bacterium can produce severe illness

How can the same infection result in dramatically different levels of illness in two different people? A new study identifies two conditions — a genetic immunodeficiency and delayed acquired immunity — that explain why a patient developed a life-threatening disease in response to a common strain of bacterium. Read Full Thread

New role of cholesterol in regulating brain proteins discovered

A study demonstrates that the cholesterol present in cell membranes can interfere with the function of an important brain membrane protein, through a previously unknown mode of interaction. Specifically, cholesterol is capable of regulating the activity of the adenosine receptor, by invading it and accessing the active site. This will allow new ways of interacting …