Gut's 'taste buds' help school the immune system in the thymus

Researchers were recently surprised to discover fully formed gut and skin cells in the thymus, a lemon-sized organ that sits in front of the heart and is responsible for training the T cells of the immune system not to attack the body’s own tissues. The finding, based on studies conducted in mice, could lead to better understanding of the drivers of autoimmune problems in humans, the authors say.
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Researchers solve mystery of how ALL enters the central nervous system

A deadly feature of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is its invasion of the central nervous system. ALL in the central nervous system is very difficult to treat, because most drugs are blocked from the organ system due to a “blood-brain barrier” designed to protect the brain. How cancer cells enter the central nervous system has been an unanswered question for researchers and clinicians for decades. A research team has now found that this blood cancer infiltrates the central nervous system not by breaching the blood-brain barrier, but by evading the barrier altogether.
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Maryland AG probing Russian's purchase of state election system software

  1. Maryland AG probing Russian’s purchase of state election system software  The Hill
  2. Election system firm with Maryland contract has ties to Russian oligarch, FBI tells state  Washington Post
  3. Maryland told its voter registration vendor financed by Russian oligarch  CBS News
  4. State investigates Russian investor’s ties to Maryland elections software  Baltimore Sun
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