Editor’s Selections: Bacterial compasses, dendritic cells that don’t prime, and incentive and vaccine uptake

Editor's Selections 7 Comments
By Vincent Racaniello

Vincent RacanielloVincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He blogs at virology blog.

  • Magnetosomes are membrane bound, magnetite crystal containing particles that allow certain bacteria to line up in the direction of the earth’s geomagnetic field. Such alignment may provide bacteria with a sense of direction while searching for a habitable environment.
  • Dendritic cells (DC) are the main cell type that drive T cells from their normal naive state to an active state. In a dendritic cell vaccine, DCs are removed, activated and loaded with antigen, and returned to the body. The observation that DC vaccines have an insignificant role in directly priming CD8+ T cells may cast a shadow on this strategy.
  • Offering people free lentils and metal food dishes substantially improves the number of young children that receive a full course of childhood immunisations in resource poor areas, and is more cost effective than just improving available vaccine services.

I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.

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