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sand fly

Proteins from the saliva of sand flies such as Phlebotomus papatasi (shown) and Phlebotomus duboscqi may help scientists develop a vaccine for leishmaniasis, a disfiguring and deadly parasitic infection.

Measels shot

BONUS SHOT  The measles vaccine gives people an unexpected bonus: Preventing measles keeps the immune system healthy enough to fend off other diseases.

Siglec genes

LONGEVITY BY THE NUMBERS  How long a species lives depends upon the number of “Siglec” genes it carries. Siglec genes encode immune proteins that may protect against aging by fighting oxidants. Source: Schwarz et al./eLife 2015; Adapted by E. Otwel.  

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