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Small but mighty

Inflammation from a simple infection can awaken a silent genetic defect in rats that carry it, resulting in a deadly form of pulmonary hypertension, a study shows.

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Balancing act

Stimulating cells that jump in to protect healthy tissues in MS patients when their immune systems attack could lead to new drug therapies, researcher says.

Transformer cells

Researchers ID cells that transform into tissue that caps off plaque in atherosclerosis. They also believe they’ve found the gene responsible for the transformation.