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Novel tick-derived dendritic cell modulators

Stephen Preston, Jon Austyn, Pat Nuttall and colleagues have found a novel family of proteins produced in the saliva of blood-feeding ticks that control host dendritic cells, key initiators and regulators of the immune response, enabling the ticks to avoid rejection.

Global Burden of Sickle Cell Anaemia in Children under Five, 2010–2050

Fred Piel, Sunetra Gupta, Simon Hay and colleagues have published in PLOS Medicine a study quantifying the increase in the global burden of sickle cell anaemia by 2050 and estimating the impact of various health interventions.

The biogeography of the yeti crabs

A study by Alex Rogers and colleagues on yeti crabs suggests they originated in the North Pacific and provides further evidence of evolution of the vent fauna over the last 50MY, post ocean anoxic events, and of jumps between seep and vent ecosystems of species reliant on chemosymbiosis.

Group Formation, Relatedness, and the Evolution of Multicellularity

Berti Fisher & Stuart West have published a paper in Current Biology showing how clonal group formation allows the evolution of more complex and social multicellular organisms.

 

Complex Migratory Behaviour of Pelagic Seabirds

A study in Journal of the Royal Society Interface using predictive ethoinformatics to reveal the complex migratory behaviour of pelagic seabirds has been published by the Department of Zoology's OxNav group. The work is led by Robin Freeman, now at UCL, in collaboration with Tim Guilford and other members of the Zoology Department.