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Protein identified as critical to insulating the body's wiring

A new protein identified as critical to insulating the wiring that connects the brain and body could one day be a treatment target for divergent diseases, from rare ones that lower the pain threshold to cancer.



Lactoferrin: the first line of defence for the body's immune system

Pathogens now face a new adversary. It goes by the innocuous name of lactoferrin, but this bioactive peptide, which is now being deployed in functional foods and drinks, health food supplements, infant formula, and animal feed, may turn out to be one of the most effective allies of the body's immune system. Ivan Fernandez reports.



Understanding the human body’s relationship with bacteria

Having healthy gut bacteria could have as much to do with a strategy that insurance companies use to uncover risk as with eating the right foods - according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA).



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