Flu shots are an imperfect way to prevent influenza, but vaccinations every fall are your best bet for protecting yourself and those around you from a dangerous and often unpredictable bug — until researchers come up with a better alternative. That was the advice of four top Seattle flu physicians and scientists during a recent Facebook Live session at Fred…
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Building Stronger Endothelium in Microvessels with Platelet Rich Plasma

Blood vessels are essential for human development and survival. Arteries, veins, capillaries and other types of vessels carry blood throughout the body, and with it, life-sustaining nutrients and oxygen required for the growth and repair of tissue, and for the maintenance of homeostasis. Blood vessel syndromes, like sepsis, or conditions associated with blood vessel functioning, like heart disease, can be…
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A Seattle startup that took root at the University of Washington has closed a $2.8 million seed round for a drug discovery platform that can sort through millions of protein interactions at once. “We expect that we can go considerably further than that,” said David Younger, the co-founder and CEO of A-Alpha Bio. A-Alpha Bio’s genetically engineered protein analysis technology, known as…
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Benaroya Research Institute is one of four organizations receiving funding from a new $10 million autoimmunity research grant funded by the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, JDRF and the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Checkpoint inhibitors have become an increasingly common cancer immunotherapy treatment capable of extending patient lives. However, about 1 percent of patients treated with checkpoint inhibitors develop insulin-dependent diabetes…
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We are primarily interested in understanding how HIV is transmitted and in helping to define ways to prevent transmission and disease, primirily focused on understanding immune mechanisms that can block HIV. Our work focuses on HIV in highly vulnerable populations, including women and infants as these are most relevant to HIV prevention and we collaborate with investigators in Seattle and Kenya for these studies....
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The holiday season is upon us, and as research begins to slow towards the end of the year, we too will be taking a short break to prepare for the new year ahead. Science in Seattle will be closing down operations for the remainder of the holiday season, but will return as your source for local life science news on…
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An international team of scientists has completed the first 3D virtual reconstruction of the ribcage of the most complete Neanderthal skeleton unearthed to date, potentially shedding new light on how this ancient human moved and breathed. The team, which included researchers from universities in Spain, Israel, and the United States, including the University of Washington, focused on the thorax —…
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