UW scientists slow tumor growth in mice by targeting and eliminating “traitor” immune cells that suppress immune response. Macrophages are a type of helpful immune cell that can switch from helping the immune system to suppressing it; the University of Washington team developed a method to target and eliminate the cancer-supporting macrophages.
A team from the University of Washington unveils a genomic portrait of HeLa, the cell line derived from Henrietta Lacks that contributed to many of the major medical breakthroughs of the twentieth century by allowing scientists to perform experiments without using a living human.
New processing capabilities of cochlear implants allow users to hear music better, in particular enabling the ability to perceive differences between musical instruments. Researchers hope to fine-tune the signal processing to make it compatible with cochlear implants already on the market so users can improve their music perception right away.