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Son's Rare Cancer Leads Family On Quest For Cure

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When a child falls ill with cancer, many of the drugs that might help are either experimental or unapproved for use in kids.

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David Vetter was born without a functioning immune system and spent his life in a bubble that protected him from germs. He died at age 12 in 1984. Scientists are using gene therapy to treat the disorder so that children can live normally. Science Source hide caption

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Bacteroides species are some of the most common bacteria in the human gut. Enviornmental Health Perspectives hide caption

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Dr. Ralph Steinman of Rockefeller University died Friday, three days before he was named a winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for "his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity."

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