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‘Missing’ Virus Detected in Dozens of Children Paralyzed by Polio-Like Illness

Research team has detected the immunological remnants of a common seasonal virus in spinal fluid from dozens of patients diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). The findings provide the clearest evidence to date that AFM is caused by an enterovirus (EV) that invades and impairs the central nervous system.

test tubes and vials on a table in a laboratory

Tweaked CRISPR in Neurons Gives Scientists New Power to Probe Brain Diseases

In a paper researchers describe a technique that uses a special version of CRISPR developed at UCSF to systematically alter the activity of genes in human neurons generated from stem cells, the first successful merger of stem cell-derived cell types and CRISPR screening technologies.

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