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Mass General and UCSD teams discover cellular system for detecting and responding to poisons and pathogens

  • Posted: April 16, 2012

Two Massachusetts General Hospital-based research teams, along with a group from the University of California at San Diego, have discovered that animals have a previously unknown system for detecting and responding to pathogens and toxins.  In three papers published in the journals Cell and Cell Host & Microbe, the investigators describe finding evidence that disruptions to the core functions of animal cells trigger immune and detoxification responses, along with behavioral changes.

Click here to read the full press release from Mass General

Click here to read the full press release from UCSD

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